‘There Was a Blockage Mentally’: Former Clippers Stars Incredibly Proud of Paul George For Bouncing Back

Published 06/19/2021, 1:10 PM 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 LA Clippers became the center of all jokes last season. They blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the second round after an embarrassing playoff collapse. And a lot of the blame from that run was directed towards Paul George.

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But he has bounced back strongly this season. The resurgence to form started right in the regular season, but many still doubted whether he would be able to continue it in the playoffs. And two series wins later, George has continued to play like the superstar he is. This rise of Playoff P is not only making Clippers fans happy but also some of their former players.

“Paul is a star,” Cuttino Mobley said. “For some reason there was a blockage mentally. I think he has opened up that block. He is being who we all knew he was. I’m super happy for my guy. One of the most talented in the game, ‘Playoff P.'”

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Jun 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates after a three-point basket against the Utah Jazz in the second quarter during game three in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Darius Miles also shared about how he felt regarding George’s form and his conversation with PG. He said, “I’m so proud of him in how he came back from last season and how he’s playing and his mindset,” Miles said. “I just DM’d him the other day just out the blue and told him, ‘Hey man, I’m proud of you. You’re out there looking good, you’re looking happy and you look like you’re in a zone.'”

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Midway through their series against the Jazz, the Clippers received the worst news possible. Kawhi Leonard suffered an injury, and they fear it is an ACL injury, which means he could be out of action for months. The series was tied at 2-2 when the news broke out, and many expected the Clippers to be knocked out within the next two games.

But an inspired George took over Game 5, finishing with 37 points, while shooting 12-22 from the field. He also had a whopping 16 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks. He was a huge contributor on both ends, and also stepped up with his leadership.

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So after leading them to a win in Game 5, George did more of the same in Game 6 last night. He played 46 out of 48 minutes and had 28 points. Although it wasn’t a very efficient night for him, he was a vital contributor for the Clippers. He took the team to their first-ever Conference Finals appearance, and has redeemed himself.

Fans will be hoping he can continue this form in the series against the Suns and continue to excel as Playoff P.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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