The Clippers are not at their best, with four straight losses, and in addition to the absence of Kawhi Leonard, they must deal with a Paul Georgand sick. In Oklahoma City, we saw that he was not at his best, and Sunday evening, it was not more reassuring against the Pelicans with an awful 5 of 19 on shots.
“I take full responsibility for our balance sheet” he said of the four straight losses. “No matter who is on the pitch, I am more than capable of performing”
Clearly, the All-Star guard has seen more, and tonight, against the young and naive Rockets, he had one of his best career games with 35 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals. and 2 cons! It’s called “blacking out the stat sheet”, and for 25 years only James Harden, in 2019, had put in such a complete performance.
100% involved in the 7-0 to snatch victory
Although we find that his first step is not as explosive as before, George compensates with skill and physicality to find shots, and his 3-pointers hurt a lot in this very tight game.
“We’re not playing heavyweight right now. Our way of losing is embarrassing. We have to start the matches better.” had warned George.
Paul George therefore expected the best at the start of the match, but we will especially remember the last minute of the match. The Rockets led by 5 points with 90 seconds left (93-88), and George will reverse the situation. It is he, first, who takes the rebound, then sends Ivica Zubac to dunk. Then it’s him again at 3-point, who equalizes, 40 seconds from the end.
After the time-out, he steals a ball. New time-out. The system is for him. He has Eric Gordon on his back, and the Rockets guard is defending very, very well. But George goes to the corner to succeed in a very complicated “fadeaway”. This is the winning shot to validate a forceps victory.