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Paul George, David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson will all rest during Wednesday's season finale vs. the Magic.
With the first seed in the East locked up, the Pacers are just trying to give their key players some rest while hoping to reclaim the elusive chemistry that abandoned them after the All-Star break. After shooting a mere 37.2 percent from the field in March, George is still stuck at 40.2 percent in April.
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Paul George scored 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting (3-of-8 3PTs, 5-of-7 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Friday's loss.
George was the best player on the floor for Indy but still lacked the edge necessary to lead a championship level team. As of right now there are no plans for any additional rest, and we will update you if that changes.
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Coach Frank Vogel plans to return to his full lineup for Friday's game against the Heat.
Vogel decided to give his entire starting five the night off on Wednesday and the Pacers still beat the Bucks. But the entire team went through practice on Thursday and the starters reportedly showed fresher legs. Now they'll be at full strength as they try to hold off Miami (half-game behind) for the East's No. 1 seed. That means George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert will start and play their usual minutes.
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The Pacers will rest their entire starting lineup vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.
Head coach Frank Vogel had mentioned the possibility of resting players in the Pacers' final four games, but this wholesale benching takes precautionary rest to a whole new level. George will be joined Roy Hibbert, David West, Lance Stephenson and George Hill on the sidelines, and the move is even more surprising since the Pacers are only half a game behind the Heat for the East's best record. It stands to reason that all five starters would return for Friday's game vs. Miami, before possibly resting again in the final two games of the season, but we'll have to wait until Vogel announces his intentions.
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Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that "not everybody will play" in Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks, and Paul George and David West specifically asked him about getting some rest.
"We'll pick our spots over the final four games to get the guys that need rest some rest," Vogel said. Neither George nor West has missed a single game this season, and George ranks No. 6 in the NBA in total minutes played. With the Pacers imploding and the Heat already holding a one-game lead for the East's best record, it sounds like Vogel is prioritizing rest over the pursuit of potential home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals. With any luck we'll find out which players will sit after Wednesday's shootaround.
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Paul George finally turned it around on Wednesday during a 101-94 win over the Pistons, scoring 27 points with 13 boards, seven boards, two steals and four 3-pointers.
The Pacers players looked completely dejected in pre-game interviews and really needed a win tonight, even if it was against the lowly Pistons. They were dead last in offensive efficiency in the previous 11 games and tonight was their first game over 100 points since Mar. 15. George had a horrific March and couldn't find anything to hang his hat on as a scorer, so hopefully he can build off this game.
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Paul George couldn't get anything going on offense against the Cavs on Sunday, making 5-of-13 from the field for 15 points with seven boards, four assists, five steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
Outside of the poor shooting, it's a nice like from George. His offensive game has fallen off a cliff due to some poor shooting around the basket and making just 29.7 percent above the break in his previous March games. His team is playing the worst ball of the season and it's probably not a bad idea for coach Frank Vogel to take a page out of Gregg Popovich's book with respect to rest.
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Paul George scored 19 points with nine rebounds and three steals on Friday, but he made 6-of-22 FGs and the Pacers shot 35.4 percent as a team in a road loss vs. the Wizards.
Indiana is now 6-5 in their past 11 games, even though they've allowed the third-fewest points per game during that span -- their 90.1 ppg allowed is only higher than the perennially tough defenses of the Bulls and Grizzlies. George is a first-round fantasy value this season despite shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, so it's not very concerning that he'll face Luol Deng and the Cavs on Sunday, followed by a home game vs. Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs on Monday.
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Paul George hit 8-of-19 shots and three 3-pointers for 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in Wednesday's intense win over the Heat.
The Pacers are two up in the loss column after tonight's win, which couldn't have been much closer. George Hill missed a pair of free throws late, allowing the Heat a chance for the win, trailing by one point with 2.0 seconds remaining. LeBron James hit an open Chris Bosh for the game-winning attempt, but the back-pedaling Bosh came up well short, handing the Pacers the victory. George has been dealing with some off-the-court distractions in relation to a 'catfishing' story, but was able to focus with the world watching tonight.
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Paul George made 8-of-22 from the field for 21 points vs. the Bulls on Monday to go with seven boards, one assist, four steals and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.
He has really taken a turn for the worse with respect to efficiency. In his previous March games, George shot 37.8 percent from the field for 18.7 points per game with 7.5 boards, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.6 triples. He's really struggled at converting in the paint, but he is going to the line a lot more and made 91 percent of his shots from the stripe in March has helped his scoring average.