May 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) drives for a shot against New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin (3) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2013: Paul George Needs Breakout Game

Remember Game One of this year’s playoffs for the Indiana Pacers, and Paul George had that triple double to put away the Atlanta Hawks? I want to see that again.  A good mixture of points, assists, and rebounds would be ideal for tonight’s game against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. I know it’s bad to compare Paul George to Reggie Miller, but getting that type of performance would be a great comparison. Even if it’s 10, 10, and 10 for the game, and a Pacers win, that performance would be another feather in the game of George’s game.  With his shooting off for the past couple of games, a good shooting night would be ideal.

I understand what George is doing on defense, and I believe tonight he’ll have to be on his toes against Carmelo Anthony. I could see Anthony being aggressive and trying to carry the Knicks to a win. If that happens, George will have to play as well on defense as he can.  We know Anthony can get baskets whenever he wants, and tonight would be that night that Anthony could really step it up.  If George plays well defensively, maybe the off shooting won’t matter.  But I still believe that the Pacers need all the scoring they can get from George, which is why the big scoring night could be a great thing.

It’s all about George putting his head down, and becoming that aggressive scorer.  When he’s driving into the lane, and getting to the basket, that could open up other guys for easy shots.  Plus getting to the lane could put some of the Knicks in foul trouble, and open up the game that way.  I don’t envision the Pacers having that same type of game from game one, and it will be important for George to get rolling tonight.

It’s Madison Square Garden, where Reggie Miller had his stand out moments, and if George can provide that tonight, let the continued Miller comparisons continue.  Paul George is ready for that leap to elite talent, and tonight could be another stepping stone into that.

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