TJ Warren has gotten off to an amazing start in the NBA Bubble with the Indiana Pacers. Through three games, Warren has scored 119 points and helped lead his team to a 3-0 record, including a massive win over the Philadelphia 76ers where he scored 53 points.
Now, the Pacers are headed into their fourth matchup of the NBA restart. That matchup comes against the Phoenix Suns, who just so happen to be Warren’s former team.
Back in the offseason, the Suns made a trade on draft night that sent Warren to the Pacers in exchange for cash considerations. With Warren producing at such a high level for Indiana this season, that has become a source of motivation for him. He is out to prove the Suns wrong for their decision to trade him.
Prior to Thursday’s matchup against the Suns, Warren was asked about his thoughts towards his former team. He had a bit of a surprising response.
“I don’t have no ill blood between anybody. I’m just fortunate enough to be doing what I’m doing, playing basketball at the highest level. With me, it’s all love.”
Warren has been having a career season with the Pacers. He has played in 64 games with his new team, averaging 19.7 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals. In addition to those averages, he has shot 53.9 percent from the field overall and 40.1 percent from three-point range.
With the Pacers off to a hot start in the NBA Bubble in Orlando, Warren and company are looking to improve their playoff positioning. They are only a game behind the Miami Heat for the No. 4 seed and are a game up on the 76ers for the No. 5 seed.
This matchup against the Suns means a lot more than just a game against his former team. Warren is excited to be with a legitimate contender and is hungry to make the playoffs and make a run.
Expect to see TJ Warren out to prove a point against his former team. The Pacers and Suns are both fighting for playoff positioning and this will be must-watch basketball.
If Warren can put up another big performance, he will make yet another case for why the Suns made a big mistake by trading him.