In the second half of the Pacers win over Philadelphia on Saturday night, George Hill wasn't committed to shooting an open three, so he passed up the shot and tried to push the ball to the hoop through the lane. Unfortunately, he shuffled his feet through his indecision, turning the ball over and drawing a strong rebuke from David West.
"Shoot the ball!"
Hill's teammates have been getting on him of late to stop worrying about their looks so much and instead go grab his own. Although it appeared the Pacers game plan for Minnesota centered around Hill attacking Minny's point guards, Frank Vogel said that wasn't the case. This was just George Hill recognizing he could create a mismatch and making it happen.
"George Hill is one beast of a guard," Vogel said "He likes to set people up and plays unselfishly all the time, but he's capable of exploding like he did tonight."
Hill set the pace for Indiana with 12 points in the first quarter, just physically overpowering Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea when he was on the floor in the first half. As Frank Vogel said after the game, it wasn't a surprise but it was certainly nice to see that side of G3's game emerge.
Of course, Minnesota didn't go away in the first half and just when the Pacers looked like they may foul their way to a loss, Paul George happened. First, he drew a foul in the lane for a pair of free throws which slowed the Wolves' momentum. Then PG grabbed all of the momentum for the Pacers with a steal and windmill dunk which sent a jolt of energy through the Fieldhouse. The dunk was great, but the run really started with a steal.
The play sparked an 8-0 run which blossomed into a 22-4 run to put the Pacers in control midway through the fourth quarter. The Pacers took a bit of a different path to 13-1, but their mode of transpo to W No. 13 was still fueled by fantastic defense and the end result was sure fun to watch.
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