Victor Oladipo on LeBron's Block: "It Was A Goaltend. It Just Sucks"

May JohnsonApr 27, 2018

Picture I received via snapchat that accurately captures my feelings. Many believe that he will stay put in Cleveland or go to Los Angeles, but the 76ers are a team to keep both eyes on. And the Pacers have brought out the very best in him just a little early this time around.

The Pacers were poised to take the lead in game 5 on Victor Oladipo's driving lay-up.

With the bright spots though, there were darker shades as well. "It's unfortunate. It really sucks that they missed that".

"It was a goaltend", Oladipo said.

A 24-point showing by James Harden helped National Basketball Association top seeds the Houston Rockets top the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-104 on the road, completing a 4-1 series victory. It's hard to even speak on it. In an interview after the game, LeBron said he didn't think it was goaltending at all. But as the Cavs lead got smaller and smaller before ultimately disappearing, James' teammates seemingly disappeared with it. James' teammates were 0-4 from the field down the stretch. "They know me for 11 years of my career". Stare wistfully out a window into the distance, thinking of what could have been.

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The Cavs can't seem to hold a lead. Mostly. Kind of. Ugh.

The 25-year-old stormed past James and looked destined to get the winning score although the latter had not given up and pulled off a sensational block and regained possession for his team. "It will be talked about today, tomorrow, but Friday is Game 6 and we got to figure out a way to play a complete four-quarter game". No mistake. Only a shot so pure that Cavs reserve Cedi Osman, with the ball still in the air and the buzzer sounding, came skipping off the bench in anticipation. James can retire tomorrow as one of the Top 5 National Basketball Association players in history and has nothing left to prove to anyone.

With the clock ticking down, and the scoreboard at 95-95, LeBron stepped up to the plate.

This was a jarring moment, one we should have known better than to believe. "Then he blocked it", Oladipo said.

Down by six to the Cleveland Cavaliers with under two and a half minutes to go, the Pacers' MVP had the ball in his hands at the top of the key with time running down. Some breaks don't go your way. If the Pacers lose Game 6, their season comes to an end. Of course, IN fans don't want to hear that, but for the rest of us, it's a relief that we don't have to spend Friday staring at frame-by-frame breakdowns of Victor Oladipo's unsuccessful foray to the hoop. No matter what, this team is unbelievable, and I wouldn't trade them for all the sad franchises that litter the upper seeds.

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