Los Angeles Clippers

Led by Paul George's MVP form, gritty Clippers battling back from slow start

With a comfortable 106-92 win over the Spurs, who slumped to their third straight loss, the Clippers capped-off six-game homestand.

The Los Angeles franchise have won five of those six home games and eight of their last nine games overall while being led by the MVP play of Paul George.

With this victory, the Clippers improve to 9-5 for the season which is commendable given their 1-4 start. The team's revival has been a collective effort and can be seen on both ends of the floor, once again led by their 31-year-old superstar.

The former Most Improved Player of the Year has been balling with averages not far off his career highs - 27.0 points (28.0), 8.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists (5.2). His 2.2 steals per game ranks him in the top five in the league.

Through 14 games, he's had five 30-point games including two games where he scored upwards of 40. Not to mention his clutch performance in the win over the OKC Thunder. His play combined with the team's play has certainly brought some warranted MVP talk.

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After a slow start, his teammates are finding their offensive touch and providing the much-needed support.

Reggie Jackson, one of the stars of the team's 2021 postseason run, has found his touch off late with all of his six 20-point games of the season coming in the last eight games. Eric Bledsoe, the team's offseason acquisition, has scored in double digits for five straight games following seven consecutive single-digit performances.

Terrence Mann, Nicolas Batum and Luke Kennard have been the other reliable double-digit contributors with the Batum playing a huge role in the team's defensive play which is ranked second in the league after 14 games.

The team is slowly bringing back veteran big man Serge Ibaka from injury, having played his first game since May. 2021 in early November against the Charlotte Hornets. A few hours before the team defeated the Heat, Ibaka was getting some reps in the G League, something that he suggested as per Clippers head coach Ty Lue.

In a slightly wide-open Western Conference, the Clippers seem to be finding their form. Their win streak can be questioned with the opponents they faced - slumping Hornets, shorthanded Heat, Timberwolves twice and the rebuilding Thunder - but that should be taken with perspective considering who the Clippers are playing without - two-time former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

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