Paul George Was Hot In the 1st Quarter vs Pelicans, Still Not Cool About Playing the 4
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Paul George wasn’t too fond of the idea of playing power forward going into the first preseason game for the Pacers. Having to match-up against 6’11 superstar Anthony Davis in that first game probably wasn’t going to make him feel any more comfortable.
George started the game on fire – hitting his first 4 shots – and finished with 12 points in the opening quarter. He had a total of 18 in 24 minutes of action for the game but didn’t sound too excited about his new position after the game.
“I don’t know if I’m cut out for a four spot,” George said after the Pacers’ 110-105 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, a game in which he started matched up against 6-foot-11 All-Star Anthony Davis.
“I don’t know if this is my position. We’ll sit and watch tape and I’m sure I’ll talk with coach (Frank Vogel). I’ll talk with Larry (Bird) as well to get both their inputs on how the first game went but…I’m still not comfortable with it regardless of the situation. It’s still something I have to adjust to or maybe not. Or maybe it’s something we can go away from.”
“Defensively, it’s rough. It’s rough,” George added. “It’s an adjustment because I’m not used to doing some of the things out there and I’m exerting more energy it feels like — from having to hedge on the ball screen, get back down low to a shot going up and now having to box out. So I don’t know. I don’t know.”
When asked if he would prefer the Pacers play with a 2nd big, George said with a smile, “I’m not saying it but that definitely felt more comfortable.”