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West on fire since not being named All-Star
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 6, 2013 @ 2:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Curt Cavin, USA TODAY Sports
It doesn’t take an NBA All-Star to recognize one, but Paul George believes there’s one dressing two lockers over at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
David West has been one of the league’s best players all season, but the Indiana Pacers’ power forward has elevated his play since the All-Star reserves were named Jan. 24.
“David had big games even before All-Star selection; he’s really carried us in so many games,” George said before Tuesday’s game with Atlanta. “He’s been our most consistent (player).”
West is averaging 21.5 points in the six games since not being named to the All-Star team. He scored 30 and 29 points, respectively, in key wins over Miami and Chicago in recent days.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him play as well as he’s playing right now,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s just carrying us, (and) not just on offense. On offense it’s obvious what his efficiencies (are) — field goal percentage, shot making, all those things — but he’s really leading us on the defensive end and from a determination standpoint, too.
“He’s got such tremendous will to win these games. A lot of times it just comes down to that, and that’s contagious.”
George is the Pacers’ only All-Star this season. He said he would have given West, a two-time selection – 2008-09 and 2009-10 – with the New Orleans Hornets, the position if it were up to him.
George and West have nearly identical season statistics. That’s why both should have made it, point guard George Hill said.
“We’re atop our division and only got one player in (the game),” he said. “That’s kind of a slap in our face. It tells you what (others) really think of us.”
Curt Cavin writes for the Indianapolis Star
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