In the absence of Danny Granger, Paul George has raised his game to new levels this season. He was rewarded with his first trip to the All-Star game in Houston. The do-everything small forward is averaging career-highs across the board, and as the season progresses, his production continues to rise. In his last 10 games, George is averaging 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and nearly two steals per game.
Indiana currently sits 1.5 games behind the Knicks in the East right now, largely due to their top-ranked defense. George’s emergence on the offensive end could take Indiana to new levels. The Pacers offensive efficiency has mirrored the production of its new star, as they’ve averaged 107.7 points per 100 possessions, in their last 10 games. That mark would be good for fourth overall in the league, if it held for the season.
It will be up to Carmelo Anthony and/or Iman Shumpert to try and slow down George and his 38.7% mark from beyond the 3-point arc. Anthony will need to make George work on the defensive end, and be sure to get back in transition to prevent any easy baskets. In a game that’s sure to be a defensive battle, whoever can get the best of this match up on the offensive end will have the upper hand.
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