With Kawhi Leonard's sidelined indefinitely, the Clippers season was always going to ride heavily on the shoulders of Paul George.
And just like the 2021 playoffs, the 6-foot-9 superstar is delivering. Through six games, he's averaging career-high numbers of 28.3 points and 3.3 steals on a career-high field goal efficiency of 49.2 percent.
His 3-point shooting mark of 41.1 percent is just a shade off his career-high of 41.2 percent, while he knocks down a career-high-tying tally of 3.8 long-range buckets per game.
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In the Clippers' most recent game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he stepped up when it counted and sparked the team to a 15-point comeback win.
'It's my job," George said postgame about leading the Clippers' fight. He also recorded nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Clippers were down 82-91 with 2:35 left. Every possession since then:- StatMuse (@statmuse) November 2, 2021
- PG 3
- PG rebound
- PG 3
- PG block
- PG assist
- PG 2
- PG steal
- Reggie 2
- PG rebound
Clippers win 99-94. PG finished with 32/9/7/3/2 and 5 threes. pic.twitter.com/ApbqDetKtN
He scored 27 of his 32 points in the second half, including being responsible for 18 of the team's final 27 points, as the Clippers won this contest with a 17-3 game-sealing run over the final 2:43.
The Clippers went on a 17-3 run over the final 2:44 of the game. Paul George, Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard scored all 17 for LA.- Garrett Chorpenning (@gachorpenning) November 2, 2021
The Oklahoma City Thunder had a 95.8% win probability prior to the run, per ESPN: pic.twitter.com/S7XdXVEPa7
George's performance helped the Clippers overcome the stat-sheet stuffing performance from the starting guards of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (28 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Josh Giddey (15 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks).
Despite the hot start from the franchise cornerstone, this was only the Clippers' second win of the season as none of the role players have been able to consistently support George.
The team's offence ranks in the bottom tier with their 100.4 rating the fifth-worst league-wide.
Reggie Jackson and Eric Bledsoe are both shooting lower than 30 percent from both the field and long-range, Marcus Morris is averaging fewer than 10.0 points per game and while Luke Kennard has helped in spurts, he's scored 10 points or fewer in four of the team's six games.
Can the Clippers turn things around by sparking their offence to support George? Only time will tell.
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