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O'Braindead
04-19-2011, 07:14 AM
King24George Paul George
Shii rookie mistakes cost us the game! Best believe I'm in the gym tonight ! F*** !
4 hours ago

King24George Paul George
Straight out the gym.. Goodnight!
2 hours ago

This kind of dedication and love for the game is what is going to get us over the hump to where we can beat good teams and win large number of games year after year after year.

Some teams, like Orlando or Atlanta, don't have the guts, strength, or motivation to ever be a good playoff team. A genuine and legit complaint or worry with any team. We do not have that. At all. We have very young guys who put in the work and will get on the floor for a loose ball and will show up to crucial games.

:dance:

MrPreGame
04-19-2011, 07:16 AM
good stuff

Psyren
04-19-2011, 08:42 AM
I love this kid. Last night's performance on defense was absolutely insane.

Trader Joe
04-19-2011, 11:20 AM
Good stuff.

duke dynamite
04-19-2011, 11:21 AM
Yup. He's our guy. Couldn't be more proud/excited.

Gordon who?

makaveli
04-19-2011, 11:37 AM
I love Paul George!

PacersRule
04-19-2011, 11:47 AM
Awesome. I'm really hoping Paul can tear it up in game 3 like he did against the Wiz. I guess this is what Larry Bird was talking about, after you play in the playoffs for the first time, you tell yourself you HAVE to get better lol!

CircleCity3318
04-19-2011, 11:49 AM
And that is why this kid will be a star one day!

Trophy
04-19-2011, 11:55 AM
Great kid.

Watch out NBA, we might have found out star weapon.

He's gotta be exhausted though.

imawhat
04-19-2011, 11:58 AM
I can't believe he had the energy to hit the gym after guarding Rose all night. I was exhausted just sitting on my couch watching.

I hope it pays off soon.

tsm612
04-19-2011, 12:01 PM
That's the thing that still stands out the most about Paul from around the time of the draft. Someone asked him who his favorite player was and he said Kobe. When asked why, it wasn't because he's the best shooter/player or some reason like that. He said it was because Kobe worked the hardest. The only reason someone with Paul's potential wouldn't turn into a superstar is because they don't have their head right. He does. I don't care how raw his offense is right now. I'm just trying to enjoy this. Because if he does meet his full potential, it's going to be a very, very fun ride.

NuffSaid
04-19-2011, 12:10 PM
I like PG34's work ethic and dedication to the game. He, like Hansborough, are very coachable and want to be here, improve and help this team win.

I hope he's able to find his offense for Games 3 and 4. We're gonna need him to be effective on both sides of the ball. We're getting very little offensive productivity from our 2-Guards.

CableKC
04-19-2011, 12:12 PM
Hopefully he's practicing his FTs.

redfoster
04-19-2011, 12:22 PM
He is going to win game 3 for us. The playoffs are his time. He has stepped up and he will not be backing down.

Thoreau87
04-19-2011, 12:35 PM
Forget hitting the gym... (granted his J was off due to tired legs from playing A+ D, so maybe he can use the extra conditioning).

More importantly, he needs to hit the film room. His decision making is what killed him. There's no reason he shouldn't drop 20 on Korver.

Nonetheless, I'm proud of him for putting in work. Expect big things from him in game 3.

makaveli
04-19-2011, 01:22 PM
More importantly, he needs to hit the film room. His decision making is what killed him. There's no reason he shouldn't drop 20 on Korver.



Wasn't HIS decision making....Vogel said they run very few offensive plays/sets for George. I expect that to change dramatically over time.

Sookie
04-19-2011, 01:26 PM
I'd rather PG focus on his defense. He plays D like he did last night, and we'll win some games without his offense.

PacersHomer
04-19-2011, 04:10 PM
Work ethic like this is what the Pacers have been missing. Glad to see a rookie stepping up like this. I'm looking forward to his transformation into the next Tracy McGrady.

KingGeorge
04-19-2011, 04:16 PM
Man, how can you not love this guy.

He put on one of the best defensive performances I have seen this year and still wasn't satisfied.

I just have this feeling that he is going to play even better in game 3 than he did in game 2.

The Bulls aren't going to get as many calls on the road, and I think this is going to allow Paul to be even more aggressive.

PacerGuy
04-19-2011, 04:18 PM
This is what L.Bird meant when he was saying these kids will learn more in the next 2 wks then they did all year. This is the spirit I have seen from Roy at times, & wish I saw more in others. Love to know if any teammates joined him. If not, too bad.

Trader Joe
04-19-2011, 04:27 PM
I hope someone at least rebounded for him.

The Future
04-19-2011, 04:43 PM
Work ethic like this is what the Pacers have been missing. Glad to see a rookie stepping up like this. I'm looking forward to his transformation into the next Tracy McGrady.

I hope!

T-Mac was awesome defensively as well when he came into the league.

Both have great length.

T-Mac's defense started to decline ever since he became an offensive force and started taking defensive plays off.

I'm not too sold on George's offensive game so far though.

His handles seem really iffy and his jump shot is inconsistent.

We'll see though, just work hard George, you have all the tools to be great!

Doddage
04-19-2011, 04:46 PM
This is what makes Paul George different from guys like Shawne Williams, James White, etc.

NuffSaid
04-19-2011, 04:48 PM
Poor Paul George.

I just watched the Game 2 post game interview and he's really taking the loss hard. You can hear it in his voice and see it on his face. He even said as much in his first comment, that his mistakes cost them the game down the stretch.

I think Vogel needs to keep starting him, but I'd go with Granger, Hans and Dahntey in crunch time at the 2, 4 and 3, respectively. If defense wins ball games and you need somebody at either to 2 or 3 who can handle the ball, play solid defense, create his own shot and draw fouls, this trio will get the job done. I'm 100% confident of that.

Again, I'm only suggesting doing this during those last 3 minutes. Otherwise, George starts and gets the primary defensive assignment on Rose.

pacer4ever
04-19-2011, 04:56 PM
Wasn't HIS decision making....Vogel said they run very few offensive plays/sets for George. I expect that to change dramatically over time.

They hardly ever run a play for him. Everything he gets his from fastbreak or breaking the offense or a jump shot.

KingGeorge
04-20-2011, 03:30 PM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/blog_brunner.html#110420


George relishes challenge of guarding Rose

April 20, 2011

Given Derrick Rose's 36 points in Game 2, following 39 in Game 1, you might develop the impression the Pacers are concerned about the player assigned to defend the Chicago point guard.
You would, of course, be wrong.

"I give him an A-plus," Frank Vogel said of Paul George's work.

Assigning a rookie wing player to defend any point guard is a bold move. Assigning a rookie wing player to defend this point guard, the hottest player in the game, the likely league MVP, is something else entirely.

Then again, so is George.

When the Pacers returned home from Chicago after a 96-90 loss in Game 2 Monday night, George did not head home for some much-needed rest. Instead, at 4 a.m., he and a friend drove straight to Conseco Fieldhouse for a couple of hours of extra work.

George said he put up around 1,000 shots and ran through some plays that had given him problems.

"I was more motivated than anything so me and my (friend) came in, got some shots up, he rebounded for me, got a lot of free throws," George said. "I just went through the scenarios that I turned the ball over late in the game. The play that coach Frank kept calling for me where I was isolated at the top, I kept going through that series just so that doesn't happen again."

George had four blocked shots and three steals in Game 2. Vogel said he set a team record with 18 deflections.

"I thought he was spectacular on (Rose)," said Vogel. "A couple of breakdowns but a couple of breakdowns over the course of a long game, I thought he did a great job. He was great with his hands, great with his angles. I was just very proud of him."

George has done extensive film study on Rose to try to pick up some tendencies. With each game, he learns a little more, develops a more detailed plan of attack. Shutting down Rose is out of the question. Making his life difficult is the first step.

"He had me tired, legs cramping, back sore," George said. "I tried to give him my all, really tried to force him to take some tough shots and make him try to make some tough passes, and really tried to get the ball out of his hands. But he's a great scorer, a great player and he ultimately made the best plays."

Since moving into the starting lineup on March 9, George's emphasis has shifted from offense to defense. With the second unit he was more of a go-to guy. With the first unit, he's trying be the stopper.

His commitment to that role has made a big impression on Vogel.

"You see talented guys come into this league every single year and some of them blossom and some of them don't," he said. "It's about what you're made up of inside. And that kid is made up of hunger and the ability to learn, the ability to listen, the desire to be great.

"Aside from his physical talents, all those things give us a great deal of hope and belief that kid's going to be special."

George is not expected to stop Rose. He is not expected to contain him one-on-one. All five Indiana defenders have a role to play. George is the man on point, so to speak.

However this series turns out, the Pacers have learned quite a bit about their prized rookie, the No. 10 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. George is one of those rare players who not only has the talent but the desire, the will, the work ethic, to become special.

It's a long journey from here to there but that early-morning trip to the gym shows George knows the way.

This guy is unbelievable. Hard to believe he is a rookie.

BringJackBack
04-20-2011, 03:56 PM
That article probably deserves a thread of it's own. There are a great deal of juicy quotes in there.

ilive4sports
04-20-2011, 04:04 PM
Paul George is going to be a very special player for us. He has the talent of Tracy McGrady and the work ethic of Kobe.

righteouscool
04-20-2011, 04:34 PM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/blog_brunner.html#110420



This guy is unbelievable. Hard to believe he is a rookie.


I've been telling all my friends (all magic and bulls fans) that he's going to be incredible ina few years. I'm 100% confident he'll be the best Pacer in three years and maybe a top player in the league in due time. He just has it all.

Hoop
04-20-2011, 05:52 PM
Another Article on George:

http://www.indystar.com/article/20110420/SPORTS04/104200341/Notebook-George-gets-some-extra-late-night-work

Indiana Pacers rookie Paul George didn't go straight home after the team returned from Chicago at 3 a.m. Tuesday. He made a detour to Conseco Fieldhouse.
"I was more motivated than anything," George said. "Me and (a friend) came in and got some shots up. He rebounded for me, and I got up a lot of free throws."
George took about 1,000 shots over a 90-minute span before finally deciding it was time to go to bed.
George is shooting only 33 percent from the field, including 20 percent on 3-pointers, in the series.
"That kid is made up of hunger and the ability to learn and listen, the desire to be great," interim coach Frank Vogel said. "And aside from his physical talents, all those things just give us a great deal of hope and belief that kid is going to be special."
As impressed as Vogel was with George's late-night shooting, the coach wants the rookie's focus to be on trying to find a way to slow Chicago's Derrick Rose.
Rose scored 36 points Monday, but George's length, athleticism and instincts made it challenging at times on the league's probable Most Valuable Player.
"He's a tough matchup," George said. "He had me tired, legs cramping, back sore. I just tried to give him all I had and force him to take some tough shots and force him to make some tough passes. He's a great scorer."
George was only 2-of-7 from the field, but he had four blocks, three steals and 18 deflections, according to Vogel.
"I thought he (George) was spectacular on (Rose)," Vogel said. "A couple of breakdowns over the course of a long game, but I thought he did a great job. He was great with his hands, he was great with his angles. I was just very proud of him."
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Trapping Rose worked well, at times
The Pacers threw a different wrinkle into their quest to find a way to slow Rose on Monday. They started sending two-man traps at him in an attempt to get the ball out of his hands.
The Pacers began practicing their trapping defense last week because they knew they would have to use it at some point in the series.
The Pacers paid the price for trying to trap Rose in the fourth quarter, however.
Rose got the ball to Joakim Noah, who took a couple of dribbles toward the basket before finding an open Kyle Korver in the corner for a 3-pointer that put the Bulls up five with about a minute left.
"We know he's hurt us very, very badly in the fourth quarter two games in a row and we were doing a very good job on him in the fourth," Vogel said about Rose. "We just wanted to see what it looked like. It seemed pretty effective. We forced a couple of turnovers, so we stayed with it. We didn't execute the last one down the stretch, which burned us."
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Rebounding woes still an issue
Vogel said Rose isn't the Pacers' biggest problem. It's their inability to rebound. The Bulls outrebounded the Pacers by 24 in Game 2. Chicago has grabbed 41 offensive rebounds in the series.
"We have to play more physical and keep penetration out of the lane. It starts by keeping the ball out of the paint," Vogel said.

CableKC
04-20-2011, 06:53 PM
George has done extensive film study on Rose to try to pick up some tendencies. With each game, he learns a little more, develops a more detailed plan of attack. Shutting down Rose is out of the question. Making his life difficult is the first step.
I just figured it out....PG isn't human...not even superhuman...he's a robot....programmed to analyze, learn and destroy any opponent that he is matched up against. He's the Terminator.....

ndcoltsnpacers
04-20-2011, 07:06 PM
I just figured it out....PG isn't human...not even superhuman...he's a robot....programmed to analyze, learn and destroy any opponent that he is matched up against. He's the Terminator.....

He's Peyton Manning!

aeast317
04-20-2011, 08:50 PM
love it. such commitment! he is going to be very very special.

QuickRelease
04-20-2011, 09:54 PM
He's Peyton Manning!:D

Constellations
04-20-2011, 11:37 PM
I hope someone at least rebounded for him.

I believe his roommate went with him and rebounded for him.

Indra
04-21-2011, 01:28 AM
So you're telling me that at 4am in Indianapolis there was a Pacer not at a strip club, a night club, or a bar fighting people or getting shot at, but instead was in the gym practicing his game? Working on his defense and practicing his shot?

Unbelievable. Kidding aside, this Paul George fella is gonna be incredible.

15th parallel
04-21-2011, 01:33 AM
I hope he can keep this up! If he becomes a defensive beast, that's already a home run for the Pacers. If his offense starts to click, then the Pacers are already championship contenders. Just imagine that the Bulls are winning by just an average of 6 points and George is not even scoring that well...

Midcoasted
04-21-2011, 03:17 AM
Paul George is quickly becoming one of the best defenders in the Eastern Conference, and maybe the NBA, and his 3 ball for a 20 year old looks stellar. He can get his shot off because he is so long and athletic. Keep it up Paul. Don't stop, keep goin. Whenever your offensive game finally clicks, you will be the most dangerous SG this league has seen since Jordan if you live up to your full potential. Believe that.

Never a doubt in my mind Paul George was the number 1 pick every cried for us to tank to get. Sure John Wall is going to be great, but so is Paul George. I feel like we were rewarded for not tanking. If we tanked last year we would have never got Paul George, and there isn't a player in that draft I'd take over him at this point.

This is hands down the best rookie playoff performance I have ever seen as a fan and maybe the old timers can correct me. Paul George is like a bigger, longer, and stronger Reggie Miller clone with great athleticism and defense.

This thread is obviously observing the best case scenario but there is no reason to believe he won't do it with an attitude like that. Anything is possible if you believe it and make it happen.

spreedom
04-21-2011, 09:00 AM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/blog_brunner.html#110420



This guy is unbelievable. Hard to believe he is a rookie.


Great article... thanks for posting. It touched on a great point. With guys like Rose, you will never be able to shut them down. What you can do to contribute defensively is make him work as hard as possible so everything he gets is tough. I was very happy to see that PG24 was able to make Rose work for everything he got.

Now DC2 (if healthy) just needs to work Rose on the other end of the floor... keeping him on Bogans should allow him to do that.

ksuttonjr76
04-21-2011, 12:53 PM
To all those who said we need to tank for higher picks to become a better team...what are your thoughts now?

pacer4ever
04-21-2011, 03:36 PM
To all those who said we need to tank for higher picks to become a better team...what are your thoughts now?

The same thing