Paul George needs to stay out of foul trouble for the Indiana Pacers. George is too valuable of a player for the Pacers to be sitting on the bench with foul trouble, although they usually have enough talent to compensate for that.
Roy Hibbert helped the Pacers with 27 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.
Because of his foul trouble, George struggled with playing minutes and performed the shortest amount of time for any of the Indiana starters with 27 minutes. He was still 6-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-6 in triples and also had four assists.
But the 27 minutes that he played is lower than the 37.9 minutes per game he’s been averaging this season. His career minutes per game is 29.5. With his excellent play this season, the Pacers make sure he’s on the court as much as possible.
George had 41 minutes against the Heat in a tough loss. His minutes were only 27 against the Orlando Magic in a previous contest, but Indiana won that game by a wide margin. He also had 44 minutes in a loss to the Boston Celtics earlier this month.
But as the NBA regular season comes to a close and the playoffs draw near, George needs to be in every game for at least 35 minutes. Staying out of foul trouble will be critical.