Paul George’s first game back in Indiana, now as a visitor, was a rough one as they grinded out a win with the score of 100-95 against Victor Oladipo’s Pacers. Pacers fans booed George every time he held the ball, and it looked like it worked as he struggled mightily, scoring only 12 points on 3/14 shooting, turning the ball over four times.
OKC led as much by 11 points twice in the fourth, but Oladipo’s shot making brought them back. George drew a blocking foul from Thaddeus Young and he split his free throws. The Thunder built their lead back to three points when Alex Abrines made a late shot clock tip-in, icing the game for good.
Earlier the day during shootaround, Paul George was interviewed about the trade. When asked about if there are any regrets about it, he explained:
“I think both sides, myself and the front office, would definitely like to have handled things better. I for sure will take ownership on that. But I have no regrets on the outcome. I know what I would have changed, but I’ll keep that to myself.”
Paul George wants the comparisons between him and Victor Oladipo to stop, and he is clearly moving on to the next chapter of his career. In hindsight, both teams got something in value and the comparisons between George and Oladipo might go on, but it looks like both sides won the trade after all. The Thunder, who are currently 13-14, are set to face the Sixers on Friday before another homecoming: Carmelo Anthony’s return to New York on Saturday.