Paul George has relished his opportunity to play a larger role for the Indiana Pacers as Danny Granger continues to recover from a knee injury.
The Detroit Pistons, though, found out what he was capable of last season.
After another solid performance, George looks to help guide Indiana to a season-best third consecutive victory Saturday night against Detroit, which has won three straight home meetings in the series.
Granger still has yet to play due to patellar tendinitis in his left knee, but George has stepped up his offensive game and is second on the team with 16.5 points per game.
Though he's gone through a few rough patches - including going 2 for 11 with four points Nov. 30 in Sacramento before a scoreless effort the following night at Golden State - George has shown flashes of a budding star.
He scored a career-high 37 points in a win over New Orleans on Nov. 21 and netted 34 in a victory at Chicago on Dec. 4, which began a six-game stretch of him averaging 25.0 points ...