Paul George is having a rough series for the Clippers.
The Dallas Mavericks picked up a dramatic Game 4 victory over the LA Clippers on Sunday thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-point dagger from Luka Doncic. A last-second finish may not have been possible if Paul George had scored more than nine points.
The Clippers star went 3-for-14 from the floor and 1-for-7 from 3-point range. This followed up his 11-point performance in Game 3, with the difference being the Clippers actually won that game. The first-round series is now tied 2-2, and George offered up a perfect performance review following Sunday’s game.
Paul George sums his play up well
George isn’t wrong. He went 4-for-17 in the Game 2 loss, and even one more made basket in Game 4 might have changed the final outcome.
The forward began the series with 27 points in Game 1. His totals have gone down ever since, dropping all the way to the nine points he scored in 45 minutes on the court Sunday. Lou Williams had 36 points in 34 minutes.
George is relied upon as a star alongside Kawhi Leonard. Scoring nine points in 45 minutes makes him a liability, and the Clippers are now in danger of falling to the Mavericks in the first round. Leonard has scored at least 29 points in all four games, but he can only do so much. Williams can’t be expected to go off every night either.
George reached the 20-point mark in all every seeding game he played in and averaged over 21 points during the season. He is right to be blunt about his own performance. But there should still be real concern within that locker room after another game where he put up the stats of someone playing limited minutes off the bench.
PG is going to have to shoot the ball better if he wants the Clippers to advance. Not doing so may force focus on offense away from George, and Leonard will have to completely take over. That is not what anyone had in mind when this dynamic duo was formed last summer.