INDIANAPOLIS – The Pacers seemed to have snapped out of a recent funk last week with a trio of wins to push their record back over .500.
Paul George had a lot to do with that-and the NBA thought so too.
On Monday the league named the third-year forward its Eastern Conference Players of the Week-the first award of its kind for George in his young NBA career.
In three games last week George averaged 23.3 points, 7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks a game. That included a 27-point effort against the Cavaliers on Wednesday and a 28-point game against the Sixers two-days later.
As the primarily replacement for the injured Danny Granger in the Pacers’ lineup, George is averaging 16.4 points and 3.6 rebound a game.