The home of Indiana Pacers leading scorer Paul George was reportedly burglarized during the team's 107-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. George's platinum NBA All-Star ring is among the items alleged to have been taken from the home.
Julie Pursley of RTV6, Indianapolis' ABC affiliate, reports George's parents—who live in the home—discovered things had been taken from the house, and police were called shortly before midnight.
In total, more than $15,000 in goods were taken in the apparent heist, including "a 2014 Paul George NBA platinum All-Star ring with diamonds, a watch and a pair of Air Jordan 4 'Toro' shoes. A $20 bill was also taken from the home."
Police said there were no signs of forced entry at the home.
The police report states the theft occurred sometime between 7:15 and 11:45 p.m., covering the time period of the game, which took place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Investigators told the station security footage from the home is being reviewed.
George's parents claimed they didn't lock the door before leaving because they didn't have a key. Police said the alarm system in the home was also not set.
George scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a losing effort for the Pacers, who fell behind 3-2 in the first-round series. If the third loss in the series wasn't frustrating enough, even his own fans heckled him. Returning home to find thousands of dollars' worth of possessions missing is just piling on to the NBA star.
No further information was released about how entry was gained into the house or whether George was targeted by individuals knowing he wouldn't be home at the time.
For now, there's nothing more George can do beyond hoping police are able to locate his stuff. He must keep his focus on the Hawks, who are now just one win away from eliminating the Pacers from the playoffs as the series returns to Atlanta for Game 6. The Pacers are trying to avoid becoming just the sixth No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 8 seed in NBA playoff history.
The Pacers passed along comments from the small forward about becoming the first team in the series to win two straight games, which is their only chance to advance:
"One game at a time. We got to go down and steal one, and be the team to win two in a row.” – @Paul_George24— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 29, 2014
A season that contained so much promise for Indiana has nearly slipped away. The Pacers faded down the stretch in the regular season and haven't been able to rediscover that contending form during Round 1. George has done his part, though, averaging over 22 points and 11 rebounds through five games.
Game 6 is slated for Thursday night in Atlanta.