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Friday, March 7, 2014

Pacers' Paul George plays through back stiffness


By on 3/07/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Indiana Pacers lost to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday by the score of 109-87. It was the third largest margin of defeat for the Pacers. It was the second straight loss for the Central Division leading Pacers, who fell to 46-15 on the season. An area of potential concern for the Pacers is the injury status of small forward Paul George, who played through the last two games with back stiffness.


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As reported by Candace Buckner at indystar.com, George fell on his tailbone Sunday and played 40 minutes through the pain on Tuesday.  His back stiffened against the Bobcats and he struggled in all phases, missing all nine shots from the floor, committing five turnovers and four personal fouls.

"I was just tight. Last night I was able to get through it just off adrenaline and then two nights of playing really put a lot of stress on my back tonight. I was sore and I tried to play through it, thinking it would loosen up but it was a tight night for me."
Evan Turner, who came off the bench and scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 31 minutes, would be the logical choice to start for George tonight against the Rockets should he be unable to go. In any event, expect Turner to get increased minutes spelling George. A healthy George is important as the Pacers go through the stretch run and into the playoffs.

George is in his fourth season out of Fresno State.  In 61 games, she's averaging 22.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season.  In 267 career games, he is averaging 15 points, six rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.


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