Pacers swingman could be key to team’s success



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The Pacers' Paul George, left, has high expectations for himself and the team heading into his third NBA season. FILE PHOTO


INDIANAPOLIS

No one has to remind Paul George about expectations. He knows all about them.

Widely regarded as the Indiana Pacers player with the most untapped potential, and possibly the gateway to their lofty playoff ambitions, George is the center of the expectations universe heading into his third NBA season.

But he doesn’t mind. Coming off his first season as a full-time starter, the versatile shooting guard/small forward expects to deliver results.

“I’ve got a lot of pressure going into my third year,” said George, the Pacers’ first-round draft pick in 2010. “People are expecting me to really get out of the shadows of Danny Granger or Roy Hibbert, or whatever, so I’m ready for the task.”

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