The gruesome injury to Paul George during the Team USA scrimmage is not something that is sitting well with fans in the NBA and it’s affecting more than just the Indiana Pacers moving forward. Not only has the landscape in the Eastern Conference shifted in a big way, but the storylines for this upcoming season are affected as well.
To be fair, such things are completely pointless given how serious the injury is to George and the long term effects it might have, but we can’t help but wonder how the storylines from this season will change following the injury to George and his potentially missing the entire season.
One thing that Cavs fans are wondering is how the injury will affect the rivalry between the Cavaliers and Pacers, as George was a big part of that thanks to the rivalry that already existed back in the Heat-Pacers days of recent.
Not having George in the rivalry is something that is going to weaken the appeal on a national level, but the Indiana Pacers are still an incredible team and while not having George in the rivalry is going to hurt, it doesn’t mean that the games will be totally unwatchable or one-sided. If anything they’ll mean more as the Pacers will try to beat LeBron James without their best player in the lineup