The Pacers are quietly lurking in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference, and they proved in Thursday’s 109-103 win over the Timberwolves what they can accomplish when their three best players all show up on the same day.
Paul George, the heart and soul of the team, led the way with 32 points and five assists after being named to the All-Star reserves.
“With cocaine especially, there’s a high, and then an emotional low. So it’s like a roller coaster. You go high, and then you go low. High, low, high, low. After you do it, you feel shame. You think about all the reasons why you shouldn’t have done it. Then the cycle starts again.
“That’s the thing people don’t understand. Anybody who’s lived a complicated, drug-infused life like I’ve lived knows the cycle — with women, cheating on my wife, shit like that. Nights when I should have been asleep. Nights when I stayed up sniffing coke. Lot of those nights. When your heart is beating fast. When you should know better. When you’re just riding that roller coaster, man.”
“My daughter, Destiny, is 18. She’s beautiful and smart. And she doesn’t take any shit. When I was able to talk again, she told me straight up, ‘Dad, you need to get yourself help or I’m not going to talk to you again.'”
“I’m sober now. But it’s an everyday struggle. I have an addiction. I’ll always have an addiction. It never goes away. I mean, I want to get high right now. But I know that I can’t if I want to be here for my children.”
Enes Kanter should be celebrating Oklahoma City’s win right now, but instead he’s starting the process of rehabbing a fractured forearm. The self-inflicted wound occurred in the second quarter when he decided to treat one of the team’s bench chairs as his own personal punching bag. He has no timetable for a return.