LA Clippers: Paul George is Recognized for his Performance

LA Clippers Paul George (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
LA Clippers Paul George (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

Paul George has been helping to carry the LA Clippers lately, and the NBA is recognizing him. After a week in which PG averaged an efficient 33.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists on 56.5/60.9/100 shooting splits, he’s been named the Western Conference Player of the Week.

It’s a worthy honor for Paul George, who’s been one of the most consistent players on the LA Clippers of late, despite battling through an injured toe that, at this point, seems to just require pain management this season and treatment later.

Congratulations to Paul George, the Western Conference Player of the Week for the LA Clippers.

Before the season started, PG mentioned that he was back with his trainer from Oklahoma City and was ready to play at that MVP-type level again. While he may not have the raw numbers to back up an MVP case, fans of the LA Clippers know that Paul George has been one of the primary factors behind the team’s success.

PG has been asked to be much more of a playmaker than he’s ever been, and he’s averaging a career high 5.4 assists on the season. He’s also an even more deadly shooter than ever before, hitting 43.8% of his threes, also a career high.

Despite some complaints about a lack of respect, both from basketball media and from the ones calling the fouls, we can at least feel relieved that Paul George is getting the respect he’s owed from the NBA. He’s one of the best players in the league, and this was a very well-earned honor for his performance over the past week.

The week Paul George had lines up, not coincidentally, with a four game win streak by the LA Clippers. The Clips took care of Houston and Detroit, whom they should have been expected to beat, as well as Phoenix, who’s currently ahead of them in the standings, and Portland, which might be a preview of the first round of the playoffs.

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It’s no surprise. When Paul George plays like the best player in the Western Conference, the LA Clippers win. It’s encouraging that he’s performing like this after a flare up of his toe injury, and fans of the team have to be excited to see this performance continue into the playoffs.