With the Los Angeles Clippers tied in their series with the Dallas Mavericks, they need more from their second star, Paul George.
After four games of the NBA Playoffs for the Los Angeles Clippers, there is a bit of worry so far. The Clippers have split the first four games of the series, as they recently lost Game 4 to the Mavericks, who were without Kristaps Porzingis.
Losing a playoff game to the Mavericks without Porzingis is pretty inexcusable for the Clippers, who hope to be the NBA Champions this season. While Luka Doncic had a fantastic performance, the Clippers still blew a big lead to a team that didn’t have their second-best player.
One of the main reasons why the Clippers have struggled is because of the play of Paul George. So far in the playoffs, George hasn’t been very good for the Clippers, and while the team is deep with talent, you still need your stars to perform in the playoffs.
In the series, George is averaging 15.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. While the numbers aren’t awful, they are below par for George’s standards, and his shooting percentages are really poor.
So far, George is shooting just 29 percent from the field, 22 percent from the 3-point line, and he is taking over 17 shots per game. The inefficient play from George is what is really killing the Clippers, as he might have look to pass more if his shooting woes continue.
While the Clippers would certainly like George to get it going, they do have other options that can help pick up the slack with him struggling to find his groove offensively. With the series tied at 2-2 against the Mavericks, the Clippers need to get Game 5.
Moving forward, if the Clippers do have title aspirations, they will need more from George. Over the course of his career, he has been a very good player in the postseason, but the Clippers have yet to see that.