‘The Last Team Standing’- Paul George Says It’s Championship or Bust for the Clippers This Season

Published 04/14/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Mar 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) shoots the ball during the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers won their sixth game in a row as they beat an in-form Indiana Pacers side. This was their 38th win of the season, making the team the third seed in the Western Conference.

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The Clippers’ blazing form has coincided with the red-hot form of superstar Paul George. While the Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard, PG put on a show as he scored a game-high 36 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds.

Paul George opens up about Clippers’ expectations this season

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After their latest win against the Pacers, George made an appearance on NBA on TNT. There, Lakers’ legend Shaquille O’Neal asked whether it was a championship or bust for the Clippers this season.

PG replied to the same. George said, “I mean, absolutely. You know, absolutely. We got high hopes. I can’t look ahead. But for sure, we definitely want to be the last team standing. And we want to get to the Conference Finals first and foremost. So you know, it starts with these games; we got to build them; I think we building something.”

“We’re starting to learn like I’ve been saying. We know who we are individually and as a team so you know; we got to go; it is a bust. We want to get to the promised land. We got guys that know how to get there, guys have been there. You know, so I’m gonna try to help steer the ship there.”

While there has been a lot of talk surrounding the Lakers and the Nets this season, the Clippers arguably are the sleeper contenders this season. They have a stacked roster with two superstars in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard and have the necessary depth to compete.

While they might not have made the biggest moves in the off-season or the trade deadline, there is no denying the fact that the Clippers are one of the biggest threats to the champions: Los Angeles Lakers.

Can Paul George finally win a championship?

Clippers are finally seeing their superstar Paul George perform at a pretty high level this season. After struggling through multiple injuries and missing multiple games, the 30-year-old has become a regular star performer in the team.

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Seeing an increase in his production all across the board, the 7-time All-Star has broadened his skill-set as well, becoming one of the primary distributors in the team. The Clippers are clearly performing at a high level with George on the floor, and that has become more evident in their recent winning streak.

Jan 31, 2021; New York, New York, USA; LA Clippers shooting guard Paul George (13) controls the ball against New York Knicks shooting guard Alec Burks (18) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

PG13 has been the standout performer in this stretch of games. Currently, he is averaging a whooping  30.6 points, 5.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game shooting 53.5% from the field, 58.8% from the three point line and 100% from the free throw line.

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The biggest question still however is whether he can maintain this form in the playoffs. If PG13 can somehow maintain his mercurial form, the Clippers can be a lock in the Western Conference Finals and can beat the best teams in the league. Can Paul George lead the Clippers to a championship this season?

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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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