Don't tell Paul George that preseason games are meaningless.
Because right now for the Indiana Pacers, this is George's time to shine as they prepare to take another step up in the Eastern Conference.
On Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, the third-year swingman had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 102-98 win. He closed out the first half with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, and then knocked down two free-throws with under a minute left in the game to seal the deal.
But George's overall growth as a focal point of the Pacers' offense comes at a price. Simply put: without Danny Granger stepping in, Indiana needs Paul George to step up.
Granger has been sidelined after receiving a platelet rich plasma injection into his left knee last month, and should be available to play in the last two preseason games versus the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls.
At least that is the plan.
But regardless if Granger can g...