I demand ESPN and TNT put it on a highlight reel.
I demand ESPN and TNT put it on a highlight reel.
He played some fantastic defense for sure. Still doesn't get the respect from the officials he deserves, which makes it more impressive.
100% correct. He was all over the place and guarded Lebron and DWade quite well.
Really recovered tonight. He could have checked out mentally after the first quarter but didn't.
Couldn't agree more. I understand his shooting hasn't been that great, but damn his defense was superb tonight!!!!!
I think it was the chewing gum. I dont remember him ever chewing gum.lol
Spectacular D. Now we just need him to repeat the performance game 3.
I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.
Once Paul starts getting calls, his play will be through the roof
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His defense in the second half was a beauty to behold. It lead us to the comeback and then the win.
Great job, PG
Once he bulks up a bit and gets better body control, he's going to dominate. In 2 or 3 years, Paul George is going to start making LeBron and DWade look like old men...
Watching Wade try and shoot over him tonight reminded me of Scottie Pippen hounding Mark Jackson. Except this time it was in our favor. I think Paul played somewhere between a Derrick McKey and Scottie Pippen level of defense tonight. It was definitely elite level defense though.
I would say he is already the best on ball defender in the league, and he is only going to get better. If his off the ball defense improves to the point of being even half as good as his on ball defense he would easily be the best defender.
This thread proves a couple of things to me.
I miss watching every Pacers games because you miss the development of guys like George. I knew he had a decent J, but he drove the ball really nicely today. He did not get the calls, but man that was nice.
George has a hella lot of composure not to flip out with his lack of calls.
Lastly, how the hell did the refs miss so many calls against him? Was it because Wade fouled him he didnt get the call, or is it because he is young and unknown. I get calling fouls on defense because you are learning how to call a player and his level of intensity, but damnit a foul is ALWAYS a foul!
I am not sure we have ever seen in the NBA era, a player impact the defensive end as single handedly as Paul did. He was on Lebron, then he was on Wade, then he was blocking a shot, then he was getting a rebound, he was everywhere, and when he finally got a seam and slammed it home on the break, it was like everything just came rushing forth for him. Some will clamor that Ron had equal performances, others might say McKey or Dale Davis, but IMO I believe we watched the greatest individual defensive game by a Pacer in our NBA history. How seamlessly were Danny and Paul switching on Lebron and Wade to keep them guessing in the third? It was like they could speak via telepathy it was so smooth. Danny would take Wade for a series and Paul would take Lebron and then they would switch, we forced Lebron and Wade to adjust to our defenders tonight, and Paul's effort was why. I looked at my friend in the third and said "Paul deserves defensive player of the year for this half alone."
I agree, but he also needs to change his approach and start taking it to the basket with more force. A lot of his cute layups are really unnecessary. He'd get more calls IMO if he tried to dunk some of those instead.
I think the charges early on this year messed his head up. He's been hesitant going to the rim ever since.
The key for Paul George is going to be to eliminate any lapses in his defensive effort. He will still have games from time to time where you wonder if he's ever even played against NBA competition. But not this game. He was a BAMF on the defensive end in this game.
I was happy with everything George bought to the table today. He was missing some shots early, but I loved how he was aggressive MOVING WITHOUT THE BALL and getting to the rim. Trust me the results will look better when he gets some more love from the refs, works on finishing around the basket some, and when he isn't being guarded by the ebst shot blocking guard in the league.
As for the defense...I think it just goes without saying how awesome he was. If we want to go deep, we need this level impact from him consistently.
Beautifully done. Bravo, Mr. George. As your coach says, offense will come and go but defense you can hang your hat on.
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Wow 22+ posts in and not any disagreement. That has to be a PD record!
PG block was #4 on SC Top 10.
his 3rd qtr def was some of the best def i've ever seen him play. I hate it when lebron backs up to almost half court to get a running head start at the rim. No body ever gets out to slow him down initially... that's what needs to happen, because he is going to blow by you either way, but if you can slow him down in the beginning a teammate might have more time to get in position to draw a foul or block the drive.