Pacers Links: Can Paul George slow down James Harden, Rockets?

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Houston, Harden remain dangerous despite recent struggles as they arrive at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George enjoys getting in a defensive stance and trying to defend the NBA's best players. On Friday, George will try to slow down James Harden's unique and effective offensive game when the Houston Rockets visit the Fieldhouse.

The Rockets head into the game on a five-game slide with Harden trying to bounce back from one of his worst shooting night's of the season when he made just five of 23 shots in a loss to Dallas.

Of course, the Pacers will try to bounce back from one of their worst defensive nights of the year simply because they let Orlando get loose from behind the arc and the Magic took advantage all night. Guarding the arc will be critical against the Rockets since they currently rank second in the league in 3-point makes (9.9) and attempts (28) per game.

As usual, George will have to set the defensive tone and try to keep Harden struggling with his shot.

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