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Did The Pacers Make The Right Call By Bringing Paul George Back This Season?

Submitted by on April 6, 2015 – 10:09 amNo Comment

When Paul George broke his leg last summer during a Team USA scrimmage, the thought was that he probably wouldn’t be able to play at all during the 2014-15 NBA season. And even if he was able to go, most people believed that the Indiana Pacers would be so bad without him that it wouldn’t make much sense for him to come back towards the end of the season. In all likelihood, the Pacers were going to be jockeying for draft position, not for a playoff seed, so what would be the point in bringing him back? But as it turns out, the Pacers are in the thick of things with regards to the postseason this year. So yesterday, the Pacers brought George back for the first time this season in a win against the Miami Heat.

Did they do it too soon, though? That’s the question that some NBA fans are asking right now. And they’re doing it because the Pacers are currently in the ninth seed in the playoff race. That means that even if they do make the postseason, they’re likely going to be matched up against the Atlanta Hawks, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference right now. So there’s no way that the Pacers are going to advance far in the postseason, which means that George is going to spend about a month playing now before he goes right back on the shelf.

But not so fast. While the idea of the Pacers making the playoffs and then making noise in the postseason is a long shot, there are some positives to bringing George back now if you’re Indiana. For starters, it’ll allow him to get back in the mix and work his way into game shape again, rather than having to wait until next season to do it. It’ll also allow him to gel with some of his current teammates, which, again, will prevent him from having to do it next season. And if nothing else, it gives Indiana a small sliver of hope with regards to their playoff chances. It’d be a real upset if they knocked off the Hawks. But just one year ago, the Pacers and Hawks met in the first round of the playoffs, albeit in the opposite slots with Indiana being the No. 1 seed and Atlanta being the No. 8 seed. So who knows? If the Pacers are able to catch lightning in a bottle for a few weeks, they could pull off the upset or, at the very least, challenge the Hawks.

With that in mind, we think it was a good idea for them to bring George back to reenergize both their team and their fans. Do you agree?

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