George scored 16 of his team-high 27 points in the final frame on 5-of-7 shooting. It was as if he thought, “Well, if I don’t do anything nobody else will.” And so he took over. “I always do,” he said of having to shoulder the load with this year’s team. “From start to finish. But, it just seems when I go off, I’m looked at as the ball stopper or the ball (hog). I get labeled as that. Within games I try to move the ball, get others involved. And when that doesn’t work, that’s when I go on as a lone wolf.”
He will be the underdog. He will be expected to play his level best and to bring out the unfulfilled potential in his teammates. He is going to be up against it and yet George was looking forward to his anxiety. He wants to feel the discomfort and nervousness of the playoffs, which, as he understands it, is not the goal for most people in the everyday working world. “At the end of the day, people enjoy being comfortable,” George said. “But that’s not what life is about.”