In a lot of ways, C.J. Miles is the soul of the Pacers team. A 10-year pro who litearally grew up in the NBA can break down what is going on with the team from day-to-day with ease and more importantly, without drama. He not only preaches not getting too high during the good times or too low during the bad times, he exemplifies maintaining an even keel.
And Miles has been through the highs and lows this year, without a doubt. Miles lit up the scoreboard in November as the Pacers used him as a spread four in a starting role for several games. He averaged 16 points per game in November, making almost 44 percent of his three-point attempts.
In December, the shooting percentage dipped and his role changed which led to a bleak January where Miles found himself scrapping for reserve minutes and struggling to make shots to earn that time. His three-point percentage dipped below 22 percent in January low-lighted by the final nine games of the month when he made just 3 of 35 threes. But Miles remained engaged on that even keel, continuing to work while absorbing the criticism and suddenly February is already looking better.
Two games into the new month, Miles has made 5 of 11 threes and last night in Brooklyn he broke loose for 27 points off the bench. Yes, he made 4 of 7 threes but he also jump-started that scoring rhythm by taking the ball to the hoop, scoring on 6 of 8 two-point shots.
One game is not a trend, but the return of 3J's impact for the Pacers, now settled into a new, yet comfortable role since Myles Turner secured a starting spot, may just be primed to take off, again.
Just prior to the game I talked about Miles' inconsistent play and hopes for improving in my appearance on The Phil Naessens Show. It was sure nice of C.J. to respond so quickly. Check out the podcast!
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