Paul George and the Indiana Pacers have been slumping as of late, and fell on the road against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. After the game, George and other Pacers were naturally frustrated.
The loss to the Knicks snapped the Pacers’ four-game winning streak (they played the Philadelphia 76ers twice, Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, so the “streak” wasn’t really that impressive) and is the team’s fifth loss in March after dropping four in a row earlier this month.
Afterward, the frustration boiled over in the Pacers’ locker room. George questioned his team’s basketball IQ. Roy Hibbert and David West questioned their teammates’ unselfishness.
“We’ve got to be able to play at a higher pace and a higher IQ,” George said.
“We didn’t play team ball at all,” West said.
Clearly the Pacers are not playing their best basketball right now, and George’s struggles have only compounded the issue. He is shooting 40% from the field and 29.7% from behind the three-point line in March, and had one of the worst games of his career against the Charlotte Bobcats (0-9 from the field, two points, five turnovers).
Indiana has sailed pretty smoothly throughout the season, so this is a rare moment of adversity for this group of players, at least this year. Fortunately for the Pacers, the Miami Heat have also been slumping and remain three games behind Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings.