Why Paul George is the deciding factor for a championship run
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Paul George's performance in Game 3 had many shocked, especially after an underwhelming first-round performance against the Mavericks. But his inconsistency is his kryptonite. Game 4 saw him underperform, with only 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. That's only a third of the points he got in Game 3. If George can piece together a consistent string of performances, it'll completely change the narrative for the Clippers. Kawhi Leonard has been doing all he can in order to will them past the Nuggets in round two.
The Klaw has remained dominant throughout the series as a two-way superstar. He recorded 30 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals in the win that put L.A. up 3-1. Despite this performance, his supporting cast must keep up in order to truly become the team to beat. And that means that George needs to rise to the challenge.
When Paul George and Kawhi Leonard both signed with the Clippers in the 2019 offseason, it was known around the league that was going to be a battle for L.A., with Anthony Davis joining LeBron on the Lakers. George averaged quality numbers throughout the regular season with 21.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, and 1.4 SPG. But what we need to remember is that just last year, he averaged 28 points per and over 8 rebounds. When he came to Los Angeles, he was going to be playing a pivotal role. Now, he might not even be the second-best option on the roster.
The Clips are a championship team, but they'll need Paul to pull through if they want to lift the O'Brien trophy in the near future.