After another excruciating loss in which the Indiana Pacers nearly came all the way back from a late double-digit deficit before succumbing Youth DeMar DeRozan Adidas Jersey to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George had blunt criticism for more of his teammates.
In the Pacers' Game 1 loss to the Cavs, it was CJ Miles whom George called out for missing a potential game-winning jumper. That led George to declare, "In situations like that, I got to get the last shot. I was asking for it. CJ took it upon himself."
Following Indiana's 117-111 loss Monday to fall down 0-2 in their first-round series with the Cavs, George aimed at both Lance Stephenson and Myles Turner.
"He's got to learn to control himself and be in the moment," George said. "Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader. His body language has to improve -- just for the team. We all know that Lance is an emotional guy. A lot of it is his heart and his competitiveness. That emotion comes out of him. He's got to channel that toward making effort plays on the court and doing whatever he needs for us to succeed."
With the Pacers going small in the third quarter, Cleveland targeted http://www.officialwarriorsteamshop.com/Authentic-David-West-Jersey Kevin Love in the post against the combustible Stephenson. Love scored time and time again, with Stephenson picking up three fouls and at one point slamming the ball to the floor in frustration following a whistle against him.
George also wanted to see more out of Turner, the Pacers' second-year center, who finished with six points on 3-for-10 shooting, five rebounds and three blocks in Game 2 after averaging 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in the regular season.
"We just need him to challenge Tristan Thompson, keep him off the boards," George said of the 21-year-old Turner. "He needs to make himself available down low in the post. He needs to know at this point he has to take it to the next level. We'll continue to work with him.
"I've been in his ear all the way up until this point -- you know, that next step. And growth http://www.officialsblackhawksonline.com/Brandon_Mashinter_Jersey_C... for him. In this league, you've got to find it. He's still young. He's still learning, so it's a good thing. We're going to work with him."