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NBA Indiana Pacers

Paul George Keeping Indiana Pacers In Contention

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George predicted the Indiana Pacers would be ready for their game Friday against the Miami Heat. Obviously they were ready, considering a 102-89 advantage went in the books.

The Pacers proved they can be in Miami’s company, but at the end of the day, the Heat remain the obvious NBA Eastern Conference frontrunner. It’s not unusual for a team to beat even a high quality team like Miami at home.

“It’ll be a tough game, but I’m up for it. I know this team is up for it. Any chance when we can play on the main stage against a great quality team, I think this team is going to be ready,” George said.

George was obviously ready with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists against the defending world champs in 41 quality minutes.

This effort came after George’s 23-point, 10-rebound performance in a tough 102-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets on the road.

George is one of the NBA’s best second-year players at 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  He continues to prove his completeness as a ballplayer and that he badly wants to take the Pacers to the top.

“We know how good Miami is. We know the pieces that they have,” said George’s teammate Tyler Hansbrough.

But the Pacers have one piece to the puzzle, George, that the Heat doesn’t have. That could eventually flourish in Indiana’s favor.

One thing George has to watch, however, is his mysterious problems with turnovers. He’s averaging more than one turnover per game more this season compared to 2011-12.