Paul George’s jump shot on Saturday night?
Well, not so good.
But his backpedal, now that was All-Star caliber.
Then again, a 110-94 loss and an end to a nine-game winning streak at the hands of the Bulls can be humbling.
It was after a 97-80 victory over the Bulls on Nov. 6 that the Pacers forward told NBA.com, “We want to step away from that shadow as the ‘little brothers’ of this division. [The Bulls’] success is the Michael Jordan era. This is a new age, this is a new team. It’s ours till they take it.”
The Bulls not only took it but smashed it and threw it in the trash, and afterward George ducked from it.
“That was completely taken out of context,” George said. “What I meant by that is … I agree what Derrick Rose said, it’s not a rivalry. We haven’t won a championship; the team to beat is Miami, of course. All of that was taken out of context.’’
Whether it was or wasn’t, like “little brother,’’ the Pacers have been poking at Bulls players the last three seasons. Now that the Pacers are 9-1 and the streak is over, Bulls forward Taj Gibson has some big-brotherly advice.
“Players are going to talk,’’ Gibson said. “The best thing to do in this league is just play your game, worry about your game. Don’t worry about talking trash, just play your game. We let our game talk for us. We don’t have time to get into battles of he said, she said.
“We just go out there and play.’’
That they did and from the beginning.