Clippers’ Paul George Responds to Critics on Early Playoff Struggles
The Los Angeles Clippers are up 2-1 in their first round series over the Dallas Mavericks, and yet, Paul George has been very much a non-factor on the offensive side.
Non-factor by All-Star standards that is.
The Clippers star has shot 7-for-33 over the pat two games, including a putrid 3-for-16 from the field in his team’s Game 3 victory. He also shot 1-for-8 from long range, but was able to grab down nine boards and dish out seven assists.
“I’m no James Harden. That’s not my knack … to just shoot the ball, score the ball. I can and I pride myself on being effective on both ends,” said George after the 130-122 win on Friday night. “Shot-making … scoring the ball is not what I [only] do. I try to do everything, I try to play the game the right way and just get lost in the game and try to pass the ball and make plays defensively, rebound. Just a little bit of everything.”
First things first, we need to stop disrespecting Harden who deserves plenty of credit for greatly improving his defensive game over the past couple of years. That being said, what we have seen from George over the past two games may be nothing more than an outlier as George has proven time and time again that he is very deserving of the superstar label.
“He’s a great player,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “He’s human. I can guarantee you this, he has not forgotten how to shoot. It will fall for him.”
Game 4 goes on Sunday afternoon as the Clippers hope to take control of the series and push the Mavericks to the brink of elimination.