Things didn’t look great for the Indiana Pacers entering the NBA restart after All-Star big man Domantas Sabonis suffered a significant foot injury, especially with the uncertainty at the time of Victor Oladipo’s status.
But Indiana veteran swingman T.J. Warren has taken his game to another level in the bubble. A much, much higher level.
In the Pacers’ restart opener, Warren went off for a career-high 53 points (20-of-29 FG, 9-of-12 3PT, 4-of-4 FT) to lead Indiana to a 127-121 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Warren followed that up two days later with a 34-point, 11-rebound, four-assist, four-block, and three-steal performance in a 111-100 win over the Washington Wizards.
And one day after that, on Monday, Warren dropped 32 points — shooting an incredibly efficient 13-of-17 from the field — on the Wizards in a 120-109 win. He scored 21 points in the first half without missing a shot.
T.J. Warren (21 PTS & 8-8 FG) couldn’t miss in the first half! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZRIOblwZ4B
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 4, 2020
Warren has scored 119 points over his last three games, tying Jermaine O’Neal (in 2005) for most points over a three-game span in Pacers history. He leads the bubble with 39.7 points per game, and is shooting 65.3% from the field and 60.9% on three-pointers.
TJ Warren leads the bubble in scoring with 119 points in 3 games (39.7 PPG).
He's shooting 65.3 FG% and 60.9 3P%, while also having a bubble-best +59 +/-.
The Pacers are 3-0. pic.twitter.com/osEZRFbzU6
— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 5, 2020
T.J. Warren since entering the NBA bubble pic.twitter.com/IncJmdrZEH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 4, 2020
Warren is the best player in the bubble right now, and if he can keep playing anything at all like he has through three games, the Pacers (42-26) will be a very dangerous team. The East is wide open, and we know it’s star’s league come playoff time.
Update: T.J. Warren keeps dominating in the bubble. On Saturday, he scored a game-high 39 points (15-of-22 from the field 4-) and nailed a three-point dagger, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 116-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
"T.J. Warren… is not human!"-Ian Eagle pic.twitter.com/fwzFbj7UoR
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) August 9, 2020