Indiana Pacers fans have known Paul George’s importance and dominance all year long and on April 10th, Paul was awarded the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the week for April 3-9. You can see some of his highlights below. Someone seems to be hungry for the All NBA selection.
Paul averaged 31.7 points per game (top in the East for that week), shooting 57.4 % from the field while the Pacers went 3-0 with wins over the Raptors, Bucks, and Magic. This is Paul’s first Player of the Week this season and 1st since Nov 30th last season. This doesn’t even include his 43 points against the Cavs.
While many want to chalk the Pacers current success on the return of Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson, it has been the consistent and dominate performance from Paul George that has carried this team. Lance may have lit a fire under Paul but it’s Paul George’s determination to make the playoffs that has shined through.
Really since early March, Paul has played with intensity and a fire. Many times, that is all you need to win NBA games. Just have the best player on the floor. Think back to the Raptors playoff series last year.
In the month of April 2017 alone Paul has averaged 30+ ppg, 8+ rbs, and 4+ assists per game in 5 games. He has a strong chance at wining player of the month award as well. Which he again hasn’t done since November of last season. It’s a great time for PG to turn on the playoff mode while the Pacers ride his hot streak and a 4+ game win streak hopefully deep into the playoffs.