Playoff P: Clippers’ Paul George Joins LeBron James in Unique NBA Playoff Feat

Published 07/01/2021, 12:48 AM EDT
Jun 16, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) dribbles up the court during the first half of game five in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports


The Western Conference Finals concluded with Phoenix Suns dominating the Clippers 130-103. After scratching and clawing this series to six games, the Kawhi-less Clippers just couldn’t get it going tonight. Marcus Morris was the lead scorer with 26 points while Paul George had yet another 20+ point game finishing with 21 points.

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The Suns, on the other hand, were the better basketball team throughout this game. They played physical defense and made smart plays all game long.

Ayton and Booker were lethal as a pair. However, Chris Paul was the MVP of the night as he scored 41 points and dished out 8 assists in their win. In addition, he shot 87% from deep and took over in the 4th quarter, scoring 19 points.

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All these efforts led Phoenix to their first NBA finals since 1993.

Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) moves the ball against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers’ star Paul George played one of his best games in game 5, dragging the Clippers to victory. He couldn’t get it going in today’s game, shooting just 6/15 from the field. However, George has shined throughout these playoffs, showing his worth to everyone who gave up on him.

Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (right) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George in the History Books Again

While Paul George is the playoff points leader this season, he has also played the most minutes. Paul George has played 735 minutes of basketball this offseason, with the next highest being Booker, who is at 605 minutes.

In addition, George is also averaging 40.8 minutes per game. This is his 6th postseason averaging over 40 minutes a game, only behind ‘The King’.

Likewise, George must have had intense recovery sessions in order to prepare for this game. Despite this, George performed at optimal capacity.

He led the Clippers from the front in the playoffs. PG13 played with all his heart, and he needed to have a good game for the Clippers to win.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen tonight, and the Suns took this game away in style

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Phoenix Suns reach final

Suns took game 6 and are the first team into the NBA finals. Clippers struggled to generate good offense with only Morris over the 20 point mark at the end of the third.

George couldn’t replicate his performance of game 5, and Reggie Jackson couldn’t get into his rhythm either.

Jun 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) celebrates with Paul George (13) and Terance Mann (14) against the Phoenix Suns in the second half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Suns, led by CP3 , kept going at the Clippers. They impressed with their defence, and all round, played better basketball today.

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Booker nudged in with 22 points. Suns outrebounded the Clippers 47 to 32, and Ayton accounting for 17 of the Suns’ rebounds. Now, Phoenix have plenty of rest day before they lace it back up for the NBA finals.

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Who do you think will face Phoenix in the finals? Let us know in the comments.

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