Indiana Pacers are struggling to get past the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and despite their lofty first seed ranking coming into the post-season, this lack of form right now isn't surprising anyone.
The Pacers have been in a desperate situation every since the NBA All-Star Game. Their scoring ability has dropped off and their defense that once held them together has disintegrated.
Other top teams in a similar situation usually rely on their top players to dig them out of a hole.
But the Pacers main man Paul George isn't the type of player who can just inspire his team with a flurry of points.
Miami Heat can rely on LeBron James to do that in big games, but George's success rate at providing top-notch play such as 40-point games is poor.
At the start of the season, George resembled a league MVP candidate as he led the Pacers to a 16-1 record.
However, in the last few months his production on court has significantly tailed off.
During the months of November and December, George scored 23.0 and 24.1 points per game respectively. But come the month of March his totals reduced considerably, with only 18.7 ppg.
The poor play of George and the Pacers during the back end of the regular season has continued in the first three games of the playoffs.
What was an already poor offensive production from the Pacers during the regular season of 96.7 points per game has turned even worse, with Indiana now putting up numbers of 93.0 ppg.
Now we know they have sucked on offense throughout the season, but strong play on the defensive side of the ball has helped them out. This is now gone.
92.3 points per game conceded has become 94.7 ppg in the post-season, as the Pacers are now left reeling down 2-1 in their first round playoff series against the Hawks.
This now leaves the Pacers needing their big man George amongst others to step up on Saturday and provide some epic offensive play.
At 2pm ET Saturday the Pacers will face the Hawks in Atlanta desperately needing to level the series. If they don't they will be left in a predicament in which they would need to win three straight. Something they haven't done in over a month.