Indiana Pacers Can't Afford Letdowns From Paul George

By John Raffel
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George is making some key contributions for the Indiana Pacers.

But as his team takes deeper aim at the rest of the NBA East Conference in its bid to make the NBA Finals, George will hopefully realize the simple truth that if he plays a full game for the Pacers, his team is likely to prosper in a major way.

The  Pacers celebrated a huge 97-92 win on Sunday over the Chicago Bullsand George started out impressively with seven points in the first quarter. However, he had just three points after that, and wound up shooting 4-of-14.

That said, George still did wind up with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. He’s averaging 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists a game, so his performance against the Bulls was disappointing. The point is that when the final week of the NBA’s regular season arrives and when teams are battling for playoff positioning, the intensity level obviously will be much higher on both sides of the ball.

Think about what it will be like in the playoffs.

George has to take note of his Sunday performance so he focuses on a complete, steady game which could determine how far the Pacers will go in the NBA.

He’s only in his third NBA season and is obviously trying to adapt to the league’s way of life so he can avoid the type of letdown he had against the Bulls. The Pacers were able to win without him, but they’re not going to be that fortunate at all times.

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