LA Clippers: Paul George silences critics in Game 5 WCF win

Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Paul George was a monster in the LA Clippers‘ Game 5 win vs. the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals tonight.

Putting up a career-high 41 points, nobody can nitpick his performance and make short-sighted ‘Pandemic P’ jokes.

PG has mostly excelled this postseason, but casuals constantly focus on the negatives over all that he has been able to do for this shorthanded Clipper squad. PG had 41 points on 15 of 20 shooting (three of six from downtown) along with 13 boards and six assists.

Paul George put the NBA on notice once again with his dominant Game 5 performance for the LA Clippers.

It was hard to miss Paul George’s dominant performance to put the LA Clippers on top even without both Kawhi Leonard and Ivica Zubac.

Paul George dominated in all aspects on his game tonight. In Game 4, he did the same, but struggled to find shooting efficiency (as did every Clipper).

He held nothing back for Game 5, having the best game of his career.

Devin Booker had a good game, scoring 31 points, hitting four of six threes, and stealing the basketball two times. It still couldn’t compare to George’s dominant night, however.

(Again, George finished with 41 points.) PG13 has taken a commanding lead in playoff minutes played this postseason, yet still showed up with his franchise player on the shelf for the seventh straight playoff game. The Clippers have asked George of a lot in this series, and this postseason in general.

George has had some hiccups, but he knows how to respond and manhandle adversity. This whole team has all season. Even when George has had his struggles, he’s still scored at an elite level.

In games like this, when his efficiency is there, the rest comes easy.

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A Game 6 just gives the Clips more time to get healthy, and a healthy Clipper squad could absolutely win these next two games.