• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pacers forward Paul George explodes for 32 points

    Pacers forward Paul George exploded for 32 points and pulled down two rebounds in 24 minutes of action in Tuesday's preseason contest against the Pistons.George faced a minutes restriction when he returned from a broken leg last season, but with a full offseason to gain strength and rest up, the lengthy forward was back to star form Tuesday night. Though he was technically the starting power forward -- a position he's expected to man all season -- George effectively functioned as a stretch four, as the high volume of three-point attempts would illustrates.Most impressively, George did most of his damage against the Pistons' starting crew, as 20 of his points (and all five of his treys) came in the first quarter. With his health concerns seemingly behind him, the 25-year-old looks like a fair bet to deliver at close to his 2013-14 levels, which could make him an early-round value option as other fantasy players choose to forgo drafting him with the gruesome leg injury etched permanently into their memory.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Paul George slated to be Pacers' starting power forward in 2015-16

    Paul George is expected to begin the season as the Pacers' starting power forward, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. Rumors have been floated around throughout the offseason suggesting that George may be moved up to the four, and coach Frank Vogel finally offered some confirmation Thursday. "An idea on paper is to have a starting lineup of George HIll, Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi," Vogel said. A two-time All-Star, George is coming off of a season in which he only played six games after sitting out most of the year following a gruesome leg injury sustained during a Team USA scrimmage last summer. George has primarily functioned as a small forward for the Pacers throughout his young career, but the team is thin in the frontcourt after parting with David West, Luis Scola, Chris Copeland and Roy Hibbert this offseason. "I'm the one who thinks he can play the four," president of basketball operations Larry Bird said. "I think the mismatches on the offensive end are greater than the defensive liability he'll have. I think he can handle it." When asked about the notion of playing power forward this summer, George didn't balk at the idea, but he also didn't appear overly eager to make the change. "If I've got to play a couple minutes at power forward, I'm fine with it," George said.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Pacers' Paul George to play more power forward next season

    Pacers' forward Paul George is preparing to take on a new role for his team next season, according to indystar.com. George, who returned to the Pacers during the tail-end of the last season because of a leg injury, is preparing to play more power forward next year. The move will allow the Pacers to play at a faster pace, something that Pacers president Larry Bird wants. "I'll be ready for it. I'm working on making that change and being prepared to play some forward this year," George said Thursday. "I understand what Larry (Bird) wants as far as playing the faster pace. I mean, I'm for it. That's the way the league is going nowadays." George averaged 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in six games last season.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Pacers' Paul George still not 100 percent

    Pacers forward Paul George still isn't fully recovered from the broken leg that kept him out for much of the regular season. Appearing at the Indy 500 Festival Parade, George said he's doing "good" in his recovery from the injury, but he's still not at 100 percent. "Not yet," he said, per Vigilant Sports. "I'm working towards it though."

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Pacers' Larry Bird wants Paul George to play some power forward

    Pacers president Larry Bird is hoping Paul George can add a skill set to his overall game. Bird said, via the Indianapolis Star, that he wants George to learn how to play the power forward position by next season. It wouldn't be a move where George switches positions, but one where the Pacers could gain an advantage with a smaller lineup. "David (West) is our starter, but when we go smaller we'd like to see Paul maybe play some '4' and you know everybody says, 'You'll have a problem on the defensive end,' well, I don't think so," Bird said. "He can guard about anybody, and then on the other end, it's a major plus for us."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    MRI reveals calf strain for Pacers F Paul George

    Pacers forward Paul George was diagnosed with a calf strain Friday, reports VigilantSports.com. George suffered the injury during the season finale Wednesday, but the injury is not considered serious.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Pacers may use Paul George at power forward more next season

    Pacers' forward Paul George should be able to fully recover from his leg injury over the offseason. At the season-ending press conference, coach Frank Vogel said that team doctors, "believe he'll be back to full strength," per the Indy Star. Team president Larry Bird said he'd like to see the Pacers use George more at power forward next season.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Pacers F Paul George on calf injury: It was nothing good

    When Pacers forward Paul George felt a pop in his calf during Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies, he immediately knew he had a problem, reports the IndyStar. "I just felt it," George said. "I knew it wasn't nothing good." Although the injury was not knee related, George said it's difficult having to deal with another injury after he recently returned from a fractured leg. "Just came off a screen and felt a pop, but they looked at it and it's nothing more than just a calf strain," George said. "It wasn't a knee injury but it's tough, you work so hard in rehab and have something else pop up. The good thing is, I know we've got a long summer and a lot to look forward to."

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Pacers' Paul George (calf) questionable to return Wednesday

    Pacers small forward Paul George is questionable to return to Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies due to a sore left calf, the Indianapolis Star reports. George had to be carried to the bench by teammates, but the injury is not to the same leg that cost him most of the entire season after an injury last summer. He scored two points in 15 minutes prior to the injury. With the Nets already earning a victory Wednesday, the Pacers need to beat the Grizzlies to make the playoffs.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Pacers to keep Paul George's minutes at 15-minute limit Tuesday

    With the Pacers on the verge of making the playoffs, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he plans to keep Paul George around 15 minutes for Tuesday's game against the Wizards, reports the IndyStar. In four games since returning from a leg fracture, George has yet to play more than 16 minutes. However, Vogel previously said they would increase George's minutes to 20 per game if the team reaches the playoffs. The Pacers are 7-point favorites over the Wizards.