Bojan Bogdanovic reminded us that he is carrying the bulk of the Indiana Pacers’ offensive load when he went off for 35 points against the Denver Nuggets.
The Indiana Pacers would have still beat the Denver Nuggets without Bojan Bogdanovic’s 35 points, but he made sure there was a large gulf between the two teams on Sunday night.
Bogdanovic was perfect to start the game as he went 10 for 10 — and 4 of 4 from beyond the arc — before missing a fifth 3-point attempt late in the second quarter.
While Icarus may have flown too close to the Sun before the half, he still finished the game 13 of 16 from the field and 5 of 6 from long range.
Bojan Bogdanović gori, as they say in Croatia.
Bojan Bogdanovic is carrying the Pacers offense
Bogey is now the point of the attack for the Pacers, the tip of the spear if you will.
Bogdanovic is a full 7 points ahead of the nearest Pacers in points per game since the end of January. the increased volume hasn’t had a big effect on his shooting percentages as he still is making 50 percent of his shots and 40 percent from 3-point range. It’s not a surprise that he now has the highest usage rate on the team, either.
Indiana doesn’t have a consistent playmaker without Oladipo, but with Bogdanovic, they have a legitimate scoring threat on the floor. Bogdanovic’s sharpshooting from deep is his calling card, but this season he added a few more weapons to his arsenal.
Bogdanovic isn’t afraid to drive to the basket and can finish at the rim if a defender rushed out to defend him on the arc. Bojan also hunts for mismatches when opponents put a smaller defender on him. He isn’t afraid to pull-up and launch a three, either.
If the Pacers are going to upset the Boston Celtics in a playoff series next month, there can’t just be the Bojan Game, there needs to be Bojan Games — plural.