New Years Resolutions for Kawhi Leonard, Paul George & the LA Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: A view of the court at Staples Center during the game between the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets on December 19, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: A view of the court at Staples Center during the game between the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets on December 19, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: LA Clippers Forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and LA Clippers Guard Paul George (13) on defense during a NBA game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the LA Clippers on December 3, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: LA Clippers Forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and LA Clippers Guard Paul George (13) on defense during a NBA game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the LA Clippers on December 3, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Kawhi Leonard – Good Health

When Kawhi Leonard is playing, he’s the best player on the floor. This means that the most important ability, as always, is availability. With a rough early schedule that had more back-to-backs and rest disadvantage games than most if not all of the other teams in contention, the Clippers have been routinely mocked by teams not going through it for load management.

Except Kawhi is ending the year in great physical shape, and showing it in his numbers, while certain other top-level players have been run down from playing an average of 35 minutes a game with no significant breaks.

Mr. Leonard’s way is better. Health is number one with a bullet for him in particular.

Paul George – Consistency

When Paul George is on, he’s on fire and can’t miss. When he’s off his game, it shows. His offensive performance against the Lakers was not what we were hoping for — shooting about 28% from the field, and 1-for-6 from behind the arc — so there’s a lot of room for improvement there.

The reality is that few players are like Kawhi Leonard — few can simply force the game to be played on their terms, at their pace, like Kawhi does. So expecting Paul George to come back from injury and find a rhythm when he can’t even play with a consistent starting lineup due to injuries elsewhere might have simply been asking too much, even from an MVP candidate.

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With the team getting healthy again, we should start seeing consistency of lineups, consistency of practices, and eventually, consistency of Paul George.