Paul George out for Pacers with flu

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

An already middling Indiana Pacers offense will be without its leading scorer on Saturday night. Can the Pacers score enough to beat Charlotte even without Paul George?

The Indiana Pacers will be without starting small forward Paul George as the Charlotte Bobcats come to town on Saturday night due to a bad case of the flu, the team announced. Recently signed forward Dominic McGuire will be making his Pacers debut as George's replacement in the starting lineup.

With a nasty flu bug making its way around the country recently, the Pacers' leading scorer appears to have fallen victim. He still hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, but the Pacers will be without their ill-struck forward against Charlotte.

McGuire, 27, signed a 10-day contract with the Pacers earlier this week after being waived by the New Orleans Hornets. Making his debut with the team against the Bobcats, McGuire has averaged 15.6 minutes per game over 24 contests this season, putting up per-game averages of 2.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.

Before getting the flu, George had been playing quite well for Indiana this week. In a pair of games against the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, respectively, George led Indiana to impressive victories while averaging 27 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three assists per game.

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