Oscar Tshiebwe has been dominating at the G-League level over the last few months, and he’s finally got his shot with the Indiana Pacers after going undrafted in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Thankfully, he’s still showing what he can contribute at the highest level in basketball. Having been a rebounding machine with the Mad Ants, Indiana decided to add him to its top roster.
He scored on Wednesday evening vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, marking his first professional points, but that was overshadowed by two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s franchise-best 64 points. Both of those were overshadowed by what happened after as the Bucks, in the words of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, aggressively pursued the game ball for Antetokounmpo.
However, that wasn’t the right ball, as he noted Bucks personnel had already taken it. Rick Carlisle, the Pacers head coach, was clearly not happy after the game when he noted a potential injury to a member of the Pacers staff.
To recap: It appears there was confusion when Bucks were aggressively pursuing what they initially believed was the game-used ball tonight in Milwaukee. A Bucks official actually grabbed the game ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 64-point performance at the buzzer, according to… https://t.co/lHne8OJS4t— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 14, 2023
Rick Carlisle after the Pacers-Bucks game: "I don't think any punches were landed, but my general manager got elbowed in the ribs by one of their players. So he certainly has a bruised rib and who knows if it's anything more than that." pic.twitter.com/CBqLIV2vHz— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) December 14, 2023
Oscar Tshiebwe moved to the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo as a teenager to pursue his basketball dreams.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) December 14, 2023
Tonight, he realized his dream of playing in the NBA and scored his first career point https://t.co/2HioGfpner
There’s nothing known to the extent of any potential ramifications from this, but emotions certainly could’ve been high still from the Pacers' victory and Bucks' elimination in their In-Season Tournament battle.
That said, Tshiebwe should start to see more minutes with Indiana, at least that’s the hope.