Victor Oladipo: Under-the-radar Pacers have been good all season

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CLEVELAND — Last summer, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared, unsolicited, that Indiana “could’ve done better than it did” in the trade that sent Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a package that included Victor Oladipo.

The remark was likely motivated by the fact that the Cavs believed they had a George-for-Kevin Love swap in place before the Pacers pulled off their surprise trade with the Thunder.

Oladipo was the best player on the court Sunday, when Indiana beat Cleveland 98-80 to go up 1-0 in their first-round series. He scored a game-high 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting (6-for-9 from 3) and added six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the wire-to-wire victory.

Gilbert’s remark got back to Oladipo, who said Sunday that he was “aware of it.”

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