Paul George is going to have to make Indiana Pacers fans forget about Danny Granger.
He doesn’t have a choice. Neither do the fans.
It was confirmed on Thursday that Granger would be out for the rest of the season to recover from injuries.
However, that piece of bad news didn’t seem to deter the Pacers who had another fabulous road performance with a 103-78 NBA win against the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night. It was an impressive performance against a very good team.
George paved the way for the Pacer win with a performance likely to make fans forget about Granger. George played 38 solid minutes and was 10-of-17 from the floor, 2-of-5 in 3-pointers and 2-of-3 from the floor for 24 points. He also had eight rebounds plus six assists and three steals.
It was about as complete of a game as George could put in. Overall, he’s had an outstanding season and has played no small role in the Pacers’ success.
George is averaging 17.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He’s shooting 42.5 percent from the floor and an impressive 82 percent from the line. It’s tough for opponents to keep George away from shooting free throws since he takes the ball to the basket so aggressively.
The question remains if George and his teammates can put it together to be able to withstand the challenges of teams like the New York Knicks and be able to pull off the ultimate upset for Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
It obviously won’t be easy. However, a team like the Pacers, that can win on the road against the Dallas Mavericks, has something going for them.