The Pacers have had two back-to-back poor performances against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Washington Wizards. George has been chief among the players struggling the last two games, despite being Indiana’s leading scorer for the NBA season. George was 0-of-8 from the field and had four misses from the 3-point area to finish with only two points against the Wizards, both coming on free throws.
In the loss to the Thunder, he had eight points. Neither were obviously Paul George-type games.
George acknowledged afterwards that the team was sluggish in those two games and its mental focus hasn’t quite been there. Obviously, they need to get it back in a hurry as the playoffs are coming up next week.
The Pacers obviously need George to stay hot. He had three assists against the Wizards and also two turnovers.
For the season, George has usually been on fire with averages of 17.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He’s averaging 37.6 minutes a game and is shooting 42.2 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent in 3-pointers. It would be nice if his 2.9 turnovers per game average would go down immediately.
The Pacers need to regain the momentum they had prior to these two losses. They play at the New York Knicks on Friday and need to win that game to keep their hopes alive of winning the No. 2 seed in the NBA East.