Mar 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) passes the ball under pressure from Philadelphia 76ers center Lavoy Allen (50) during the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Pacers 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George Needs to Find His Touch

Mar 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots a jump shot over the defense of Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I was looking over the past five games for Paul George, and noticed a bad pattern happening.  Hopefully it’s just a small blip on the radar.  But in the past two games, he’s only made 6 field goals in each on 17 and 20 shots.  Not exactly lighting it up from the field.  The good news is that George still got 20 points and 18 points in those two games.  So even with bad shooting, he’s finding ways to score.  But if the Pacers want to get back on the right track, George is going to have to do that as well.

He actually had a good stat line last night in the Philly loss with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists.  Those 8 assists are key because I know the one area where George can improve is his passing.  He has a tendency to make those bad passes, and cause a turnover.  If he can improve upon that, he’ll come even closer to that complete player that we believe he can be.

I would have thought last night George would have shot better against a not so good team.  But unfortunately he didn’t.  So I’m thinking today, he needs to get to the gym, and shoot a lot of shots like he did back in November after that goose egg in Golden State.  The whole team probably needs to be in the gym working out whatever funk is happening.  I think if George can work through his own struggles, then he’ll help this team come back around.  He needs to get that confidence back up and lead the team the best way he can.

He’s going to be one of the key pieces for what Indiana does in the playoffs and beyond. I’m glad to see that he’s embraced the Pacers so much, and I believe fans will embrace him right back because he looks to be a budding super star.  What do the fans around here say? Well, we need that big star.  Guess what?  You have one coming along in George.  Like I said, his ability to get into double figures in scoring on an off shooting night has to go for something.  If he can get back to where he was, the Pacers should be back to where they were going.

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