Victor Oladipo: Dan Gilbert’s Paul George Comment ‘Added Fuel to the Fire’

by April 16, 2018

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert criticized the Pacers’ trade of Paul George to OKC last summer, an opinion that “added fuel to the fire” as Victor Oladipo led Indiana past Cleveland in Game 1 Sunday.

Oladipo hung 32 points on the Cavs in a 98-80 upset victory.

Oladipo believes his team has a real shot at winning the first-round playoff series.

Per the AP:

The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavs for fourth time this season.

“We believe that we can win,” Oladipo said. “We came into this game with a mentality that we wanted to attack on both ends of the floor and play the way we’ve been playing all year, and we did a great job of that. It’s only one game, it’s only Game 1.”

Oladipo said Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert provided him with extra motivation, citing his offseason remark that Indiana should have received better talent from Oklahoma City in return for Paul George. “You could say it added fuel to the fire,” Oladipo said. “I’m aware of what he said. Can’t control his opinion.”