‘Pandemic P’ Trends on Social Media Amid LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Playoffs

Published 05/22/2021, 6:39 PM EDT
Dec 27, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) controls the ball against Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks are playing the LA Clippers in their first game of the post-season. Both the teams have built a rivalry in the past few seasons and given that this is a repeat of the last year’s bubble playoffs, both the teams are dialled in.

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While the Clippers are favorites with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the floor, the Mavs cannot be counted out because of the exceptional quality of their young superstar Luka Doncic and center Kristaps Porzingis.

‘Pandemic P’ trends during the Mavericks and LA Clippers playoff series

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The first game between the Mavs and the Clippers is off to a flier as Dallas leads the Clippers 82-78. While Luka Doncic has stood out for the Mavs, Kawhi Leonard has stepped up to the plate scoring 23 points.

But the same cannot be said for Paul George. PG13 hasn’t been able to support Kawhi in the offensive end scoring only 13 points shooting 2 of 9 from the floor. Given his rather streaky form and how he has started his post-season, fans aren’t ready to spare George.

As a result, Pandemic P is already trending on social media and fans are seemingly frustrated with George. The 30-year-old had arguably had one of the most forgettable series’ against the Nuggets and sounded pretty confident that he could step up this season.

It is too early to predict the numbers that Paul might end up averaging in the series, but if he doesn’t step up, he might solidify his position as a choke artist.

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Luka Doncic off to a great start

While the likes of Paul George and Kristaps Porzingis have struggled, Luka has been on an absolute tear in this matchup. The Slovenian has scored a total of whooping 27 points already with 6 rebounds and assists.

May 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) tries to move thew bad past Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Given how dependent his team is on him excelling right now, the Slovenian is putting up fantastic numbers and might be a difference maker in determining the result of the game.

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The Clippers need to lock down in defense while Paul George needs to step up as soon as possible. Can George make a comeback in the rest of the match? Who will win this series, Dallas Mavericks or LA Clippers? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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