The LA Clippers are not messing around. After an embarrassing show last year, they are determined to make up for it this time. Leading their charge is Paul George, who has played like an MVP candidate so far.
Tonight, during their game against the Pacers, he gave a glimpse of his time from Indiana with a fierce dunk. After receiving a good screen from Ivica Zubac, George advanced to the rim with conviction. He was facing Myles Turner, the league’s best shot-blocker currently, but George had no qualms about it and put him on a mean poster.
George was known for his athleticism during his Pacers’ days. He had a very similar dunk against the Heat during a playoff game back in 2013.
While that dunk was more vicious, tonight was a reminder of what he can do at this best. At the time of writing, George had 11 points, while shooting 5-6 from the field.
Despite being the favorites last season, the Clippers slipped and allowed their rivals Lakers to take over the Western Conference. Their loss in the Conference Semifinals also prevented them from getting a second chance to prove they are the best team in LA. George was one of the main players responsible for that shock defeat.
But this season, he has been on a tear. He is currently averaging 25.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists on ridiculous 50-51-91 shooting splits. He has been a better player than Kawhi Leonard so far and has been excelling on both ends.
The Clippers need him to stay consistent throughout the season because the Lakers aren’t slowing down anytime soon. They have got stronger in the off-season and will only get better as the season goes. So if the Clippers can stay consistent and keep the Lakers on their toes, they could possibly see them slip up.
Although regular season doesn’t matter as much as the playoffs do, the Clippers would love to establish dominance right from the regular season. Kawhi playing back-to-back games now will definitely help them, and as they gain chemistry, the Clippers will also be stronger.
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