‘No Level of Concern’: Paul George Not Fazed as Clippers Go 0–2 Down Against the Mavericks

Published 05/26/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Feb 2, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Paul George (13) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


In what is the biggest surprise in this season’s playoffs, the Clippers have lost their second game to the Dallas Mavericks. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard came up short once again as the Luka Doncic magic continued.

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Doncic and Kristaps have performed well while taking an unassailable 2-0 lead back to Dallas. Even though Leonard put 41 points on the board, the player couldn’t step into their shoes in guarding Luka as he averaged a near triple-double.

This loss will be a setback for the Clippers franchise as they aim to win their first NBA title. The perennial favorites are repeating their inconsistency in the playoffs, yet again.

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May 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Richardson (0) hangs in the air as he passes off top a teammate as LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) defends in 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

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Paul George showing no concerns

Despite their two losses, Paul George remained positive while talking in his post-match interview.

“I mean, there is none. It’s a competition. We got to rise to the occasion. The fact of the matter is if we don’t, we’re done for. But it’s no level of concern. We just got to play our game. We got to play through this. We got to incorporate our defense.

“Luka’s going to get his touches. We just got to do a better job defensively of just quieting everybody else,” said George.

The Clippers have been poor in the first two home games as they play the next two games in Dallas. Likewise, the Mavericks have already defeated the Los Angeles-based franchise two times in the regular season.

Marcus Morris needs to get back to his best form because the Dallas Mavericks bench has been contributing brilliantly in the offense. Tim Hardaway Jr scored 28 points in the last game to give them a resounding victory.

Leonard and George needs support to defeat the Mavericks

If the Clippers want to win the series, everyone needs to contribute. PG scored 28 points, 12 rebounds, and got 6 assists, and contributed well in the game. However, the Mavericks bench played well to give them a 2-0 lead in the series. Jalen Brunson and Josh Richardson scored invaluable points as they have supported Doncic in both games.

Jan 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives to the basket between LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

The Clippers need to improve their defense on Luka Doncic because he seems to get in the paint with ease. Their three-point shooting percentage is well below at 25 percent in the last two games while the Mavericks have shot lights out beyond the arc. Coach Tyronn Lue hopes the Clippers could put their disappointment behind and win their next two games.

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The Clippers defeated the Mavs last year by winning the series 4-2. However, it seems tougher this time around as Dallas aims to close out the next two games and win the series at home.

The franchise is solely depending on Paul and Kawhi to take them through. But, they need other players in the roster to perform; otherwise, they will have no chance of beating the Mavericks.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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