Feb. 21, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Paul George (24) jams the ball against the New Orleans Hornets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated New Orleans 117-108. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
Indiana Pacers guard Paul George had an active night for the Pacers finishing with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. He also took a big step when coach Frank Vogel called his number to take the big shot at the end of regulation.
"There was a lot going through my mind," George said about setting up for the potential game-winner. "Unfortunately I couldn't make the basket but I got a good look. Just a little short, seemed like all of my shots were short tonight, legs just being tired, I guess."
Well, not all of his shots were short, but George did need 20 field goal attempts to score his 20 points so he did leave plenty of points on the front iron. But for a young player like PG, getting those shots and being called on at the end of the game offers a solid experience to build on.
"Just me being aggressive," PG said of leading the team in FGAs. "When I had a big on me, trying to attack a big. Kaman's tough so I wanted to attack him when he stepped out on me and force rotations, so it helped on a couple of plays where Roy got some easy put-backs."
Sounds like a young player learning from his game preparation, no? With Trevor Ariza chasing Danny Granger around, George had the advantage to go inside against a smaller Marco Belinelli or stay outside against the bigs.
"I think I had the matchup that we wanted to go at, taking nothing away from Belinelli, but that's where I had to attack."
Paul George attacking is a good thing and even if he didn't have his best game, he left the Fieldhouse with plenty of positives to use down the road. No doubt he looks forward to his next chance to close out a win in regulation.