Paul George obviously realized his Indiana Pacers were facing a struggling team in the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. What else would explain why George seems to have very little incentive to shoot the ball better against a team like that?
He got away with it. But George has to realize by now in the NBA that when you decide to have an off night shooting, it can come back to haunt you in an ugly way.
But so far it hasn’t. George was 7-of-19 from the floor and a lousy 2-of-11 from the three-point area for 21 points, along with eight rebounds and two assists. He had no steals and three turnovers. But he was facing the Cavaliers and the Pacers were still able to win 91-76.
Obviously, if he shoots 2-of-11 on threes against a good NBA team, George will be letting his team down in a major way. The Pacers are on a mission to have the best record in the league when the regular season ends so they can have that coveted home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
But professional basketball players frequently play to their competition and in a sense, that’s what George did on Tuesday.
Perhaps George can be excused for having poor shooting performances like this. After all, his team did win and he still produced stats his team was able to use to improve its record to 25-5. George is averaging 23.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game on the year.
However, he can’t get into the habit of occasionally shooting poorly. If he does, it will come back to haunt his team eventually.