(Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)
(Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)

The first weekend of the 2016 NBA playoffs saw some blowouts for sure, but there were also some good games and great performances. The lone upset of the weekend was the 7th seeded Indiana Pacers knocking off the 2nd seeded Toronto Raptors, who are a dark horse favorite to come out of the east. The man leading the way for the Pacers is this week’s Man Crush Monday, Paul George.

George had 33 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds in the 100-90 victory. He did work on the defensive side as well with four steals and two blocks. George shot 12-for-22 from the field including 4-for-5 from behind the three point line. He shot 2-for-9 in the first half, but came back to shoot 10-for-13 in the second half which proved to be the difference. It was the first game that Indiana had won in Toronto in their last five visits.

George has had quite the eventful road back to the playoffs after breaking his leg in gruesome fashion in a 2014 scrimmage for Team USA. The Pacers did not make the playoffs last year and George only played in six games due to his recovery, which was much faster than anticipated. George claims that not making the playoffs last year hurt more than the actual injury. He averaged a career high 23.1 points this season and played in all but one game. Stealing home court advantage from Toronto in Game 1 sure seems like a good start in making up for last year. Time will tell if George and the Pacers can pull off the first round upset and make some noise in the east.

 

Kevin McQuade covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @kmcquade9.

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