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Paul George learnt to play basketball like his older sister

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Paul George's return from injury this season has been nothing short of a fairytale story. The Indiana Pacers forward spent eight months on the sidelines after suffering a compound fracture while training with the United States Basketball team in August 2014.

George fell awkwardly at the base of the stanchion while challenging countryman James Harden, but has overcome his demons to produce career-high numbers as Indiana chase a spot in the playoffs. 

They are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 31-28 record and their push for a return to post-regular season action after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign has been jump started by George's numbers of 23.9 points, 4.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. 

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The 25-year-old dropped a career-high 48 points in an early season loss to the Utah Jazz and his form leading into the All-Star break - accompanied with his comeback story - led to his third selection to the annual event. 

His return to the main stage was capped with a stunning performance at the Air Canada Center in Toronto as he poured down 41 points from 16 of 26 from the field - including nine threes - as he fell one short of Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record of 42 as the East fell 196-173 to the West.

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But back before it all began, before George had seen the bright lights of the NBA, even before his two-year spell in college at Fresno State, George fought a daily battle that has helped him to become the player we all enjoy today.

It was outside his family home in Palmdale, California where Paul would have one-on-one games to 21 with his elder sister Teiosha. In an interview with the New York Times, the George siblings explained how the 30-year-old, who enjoyed a successful spell playing center for Pepperdine, helped him evolve into a premium level forward.

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Paul admitted that when he was young, people would always refer to him as 'Teiosha's sister' and he did not get a win over his elder sibling until his junior year of high school.

But that tough love from Teiosha helped form his game and she takes credit for helping Paul with his shooting action, describing his old motion as 'like shooting a medicine ball' as he launched the ball with two hands. 

They also have the same routine at the charity stripe, something the NBA star picked up off his sister during their many hours together out on the driveway. 

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Paul is now the face of Indiana. Their success this season has largely relied on his return and their playoff hopes will hinge heavily on his form and fitness as the season approaches its end. 

But Indiana fans and the NBA as a whole can thank Teiosha for helping make her brother into the player who is exciting crowds night after night.

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