Jan 7, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) after scoring walks back to the bench with center Roy Hibbert (55) during a game against the Toronto Raptors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Toronto 86-79. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Is Paul George in a Funk?

Jan 7, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) dunks against Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson (15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Toronto 86-79. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

So far the month of January has not been kind to Paul George. He’s had one game over 20 points when the last six games of December he hit for that mark.  He’s also shot the ball not as well as need to be, so therefore, the question is “What’s going on with Paul George?”  Is this a funk or just a lull of the season?

I know it’s early in the month of January, so I’m going to let it go for  a few more games before we get the read on where George is headed for the month.  You know with all those 20 point games, he could explode one evening for 30 or more.  The shots will start to fall more often as I think he’ll got a bit more rest time in games with Danny Granger back in the lineup.

He can still show that aggressive side by driving to the basket if the shots are falling.  Two games this month, he went to the line 6 times, which I think is a low number. If he’s driving into the lane, he should end up on the free throw line a bit more.

Last night George only got 11 points, his second lowest point total of the year.  Of course, if that’s his lowest of the year, I’m willing to take that as well.  It’s just one of those things where I feel like George was starting off so hot, he was going to come down eventually.  It’s just hard to keep up a pace of that when you’re just getting used to it as George is showing.

Plus, you know the Pacers have so much talent around George, he might not always be the top scorer. He needs to be the top option for scoring, no doubt about that. He needs to be that guy that gets called upon for a final shot.  But right now, maybe a small lull in the action will help George get that refocus about what he wants to accomplish individually.

Then again, this team is so team first, maybe George won’t worry about that anymore.  Maybe he will truly let the team work together as a full unit, and if he ends up in MVP talk, that’s just part of his game.  I do feel like he needs to continue to improve his game.  Get shots to start falling again.  Get more aggressive in the lane.  Don’t settle for those jump shots when they’re not falling.  Continue to hound teams on defense.  Just do all those great things we were seeing early on in the season that had people talking.

Maybe this is just a small blip in his game.  I know George is ready to become that player we all know we can be, it’s just a matter of time.

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