ARTHELIA AND TONY Warren Sr. sat glued to the television inside their Raleigh, North Carolina, home on the night of Aug. 1.
“Baby, look here. He got 19 points already,” Tony noted after the opening quarter of Indiana’s first seeding game against the Philadelphia 76ers. “He might have a big game tonight. He might get 50!”
Tony sold his son short. More than 600 miles away at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, T.J. Warren posted a career-high 53 points.
“When you’re in the zone like that, it’s just tough,” the Indiana Pacers forward told ESPN. “I always knew I was capable of doing all this, but to be able to do it in this type of setting under these types of circumstances going on, it’s tough.”
Warren quickly proved he wasn’t a one-game wonder, averaging 31.0 PPG on 57.8%