My success of featuring a player and that player coming through continues! Paul George has played two fantastic games this week. Roy Hibbert was featured a couple of weeks ago, and he went out to get a triple double against the Hornets. David West was the spotlight last week, and he continued his excellence as I feel like he should get some All Star consideration. Now Paul George put the team on his back in that win against Chicago and had another solid game in the win last night.
I know it’s not the best stat to look at, but I think the body language of George is telling. You watch him take a shot, and it looks like he thinks it’s going in every time. He has such a great form while shooting as well, I get that feeling that this one is going in. He should give this secret to Roy Hibbert, who’s been wavering on that confidence line. If both those guys get hot, watch out for this Pacers team.
Even with those two off nights for Paul George, in the past ten games, he’s been performing well. 16 points a game and 18 points a game even early in this month of December. I think when the news hit that Danny Granger was going to be out, George wanted to step into that type of scoring role, but wasn’t totally sold on himself. Now with these last couple of games, that confidence seems to be building. Even a late night at the gym shooting 500 jump shots had to help something along the way.
Last night he did a bit of everything getting 8 rebounds and 5 assists along the way. I think the rebounding has dropped off a bit as he’s become more of a scoring, but if he can hover around that 6-8 rebounds a game that should be good enough for what he can do.
The assists line is where he can improve. He can sometimes make those bad passes and hasn’t mastered that fine art of passing. But if he’s not asked to do that, then go ahead and score the ball. I think that is his role, and if he can continue this trend of shooting with confidence, the scoring is going to come.
It’s all about the consistency, and we’ll see tomorrow night and Saturday night, what George can do. I think with a couple of games against quality teams in the Nuggets and Thunder, Paul George is going to have to score. Especially if Kevin Durant is going to come alive on Saturday night. That should be something to watch, how those two guys go at each other. I think Granger would excel in that type of match up, so this will definitely test George, and I am excited to see if he passes the test.