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Pacers Links: After Pacers latest late-game collapse, can Paul George learn how to go for the kill?

A rash of killer turnovers flipped an apparent Pacers' road win into a loss against the Celtics on Wednesday. Paul George shouldn't shoulder all of the blame but the Pacers could solve their problems if their star could figure out how to go for the kill.

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There is plenty of blame to spread around for the Pacers latest meltdown in Boston on Wednesday night. After battling through a clunky game to put themselves in position to win, the Pacers handed over the W to their hosts with a series of poor possessions in the final three minutes.

While it took a couple of minutes of game time, it seemed like mere seconds as the Celtics cashed in four dreaded :"turnovers for touchdowns" as Frank Vogel refers to the poor plays which result in easy buckets the other way for opponents.

Monta Ellis had a couple of questionable passes. Ian Mahinmi and C.J. Miles weren't ready to make the catch and account for the hounding defender guarding them. Then Paul George decided to make a play on the dribble despite a wide open C.J. Miles waiting for an open three-point attempt just to his right.

Miles was so open because his man, dug in on PG to steal the ball and procure another back-breaking layup for the C's.

The question remains: Who is going to step up for the Pacers and make the plays needed to win these types of games?

Following the game, Paul George told Candace Buckner, "We've got to do it together."

Wrong answer, PG.

George was actually responding to a follow up question about filling the role David West played with the Pacers in late-game situations to make sure all remained on point and in the right spot. But until Paul George realizes HE IS THE MAN on this team and with that comes more than the most shots, points, publicity and salary. It also requires being the toughest when the going gets tough.

Prior to the game on The Phil Naessens Show, I talked about the Pacers desperate need for PG to become a killer at winning time and how at this point that killer gene is missing in PG's make up.

Remember how Reggie Miller would close out wins by making sure he had the ball and often making free throws down the stretch, in not a big jumper to make winning happen. Did Reg always make the winners? No, but he wasn't deferring and could find a way to get the ball.

Isaiah Thoms filled that role once the C's took the lead, finding a way to score or get to the line as the team's top free throw shooter where he was able to put the dub on ice.

Is this something PG is still learning or is it even something that he can learn? We will find out. Check out my chat with Phil.

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Check out the links:

Game Rewind: Pacers 94, Celtics 103 | Indiana Pacers

Pacers: 'Today was pretty much inexcusable'

Crunch-time woes Pacers' fatal flaw? | WFNI ESPN 1070 the Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Celtics end losing streak, beat Pacers 103-94 - CelticsBlog

Celtics end skid against Pacers | Boston Herald

Desperate Boston Celtics steal a victory from the Indiana Pacers - Boston Celtics Blog- ESPN

Brad Stevens’ huge heart hurts | Boston Herald