Clippers’ Paul George Has a Threatening Message for Their Opponents and His Critics

Published 12/23/2020, 1:41 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) drives against Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and center Marc Gasol (14) in the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Clippers’ Paul George is once again back on track, reuniting with his former self. In the opening night against the Lakers, he could convert almost every shot. PG was very certainly the best player on the floor, taking the Lakers and also his critics by surprise. 

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He was not playing under any sort of pressure, and that showed in his game. Right from the beginning, the 30-YO seemed to have amazing control both on-ball and off-the-ball. Thanks to his performance, the Clippers beat the Lakers 116-109. 

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball against LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) in the second half at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George was good left, right, and center

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Be it PG’s step-back three over Kyle Kuzma or his dominance over Alex Caruso, the man was on fire. He totally stripped the Lakers of their celebratory mood on ring night. The star registered five three-pointers and scored 33 points, 6 boards, and 3 assists in his 36 minutes of play. 

In the post-game interview, the man of the hour said, “Ya’ll don’t know man, coming off two shoulder surgeries ain’t easy… I had a heck of an off-season coming into this year, where I was able to train and get back on the floor, playing basketball coming into the season. I’m just in a good headspace and a good physical space. I’m putting a lot of work coming into this year.”

This newfound version of Paul can be dangerous when matched with the amazing footwork and shooting capacity of Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers are back!

Clippers’ forward also gave some funny moments to remember

There was a moment that literally became the best highlight of the game. Right before the end of the first quarter, when the Clippers were at a humongous 20-point lead against the Lakers, something funny took place. A pass from Lou Williams to Paul George ended up ‘almost’ hitting the referee. 

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PG probably assumed that there was someone to spot-up around the corner and sent a quick pass in the direction of the match ref. His disappointment after that goof-up is a must-watch. 

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Also, he had his share of few missed shots too. But everything aside, the often-underestimated star sealed the lips of his haters by his game-winning performance that lifted the spirits of every Clippers fan.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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