Clippers’ Paul George, with eyes on his first ring, talks about channelizing his capabilities for ‘statement’ 38-point performance against the Thunder

Paul George had some strong words for the league after the LA Clippers' latest win.


Clippers’ Paul George, with eyes on his first ring, talks about channelizing his capabilities for ‘statement’ 38-point performance against the Thunder

Paul George scored a season high 38 points against the OKC Thunder. (Via Associated Press)

In an absolutely electrifying performance, Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers shone brightly, nailing a season-best 38 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder. His stunning play, including a whopping 18 points in the final quarter, catapulted the Clippers to a thrilling 128-117 win.

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The LA Clippers are at a critical juncture. They are stacked with stars like Kawhi Leonard and James Harden and are eyeing their inaugural NBA title. George’s faith in his team’s prowess was clear in his comments after the game.

Paul George is confident about the team and his performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here’s what he had to say post-game about how far he thinks the team can go:

I think we in the driver's seat, we control our destiny... Both of them [Kawhi Leonard and James Harden] require double teams and so much attention that a lot of times I have the third best defender on me, at that point the other team is at our mercy.

Even with center Ivica Zubac sidelined by injury, the Clippers demonstrated their depth and tenacity. George’s exceptional play was boosted by Leonard and Harden, each chipping in 16 points.

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Now with an NBA-leading 18-4 record since December, the Los Angeles Clippers are turning heads as true championship hopefuls. George’s leadership and scoring flair have been key during this remarkable stretch.

Paul George, James Harden and the Los Angeles Clippers poised for the first championship

Both Paul George and James Harden have performed outstandingly with their former teams. With the Indiana Pacers, George used to go toe-to-toe with the likes of LeBron James in the Playoffs before succumbing to injuries. Had there not been the overly stacked Golden State Warriors, MVP Harden would arguably have won two back-to-back championships with the Houston Rockets.

Paul George (23.9 points, 1.6 steals, 3.7 assists), Kawhi Leonard (23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals) and James Harden (16.9 points, 8.4 assists, 1.2 steals) have teams confused on how to defend the spread out Clippers' offense (AP)
Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden have teams confused. (AP)

Both of them had similar issues. The lack of reliable second or third options in their respective franchises often led to teams double-teaming them. With the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook by their side on the Clippers, they have a lot more freedom. This also pulls a lot of unnecessary burden off their shoulders.

The Los Angeles Clippers were marred by chemistry issues at the beginning of the season, but have finally discovered their footing. The way things are going, the league might have finally discovered the rise of a new dynasty.

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