Clippers: Paul George hits career high, proves to be early MVP candidate

Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports /

Paul George was off to a fast start for the LA Clippers in the first two games of 2021-2022, but wasn’t receiving the noise he deserved.

The team wasn’t winning, so people were looking past his strong performances. Through two games, however, he was averaging 35 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 5 assists per game, and 2 assists per game. He was shooting 56.3% from the field and 43.5% from deep.

On Monday night, however, he finally got the credit he deserved. The Clippers came out on top this time, and PG13 had arguably the best defensive game of his career in the process.

Paul George recorded a career-high eight steals in the LA Clippers’ route of the Portland Trail Blazers, 116-86.

Paul George even added on a block to those eight steals for the LA Clippers. He did all of this while only playing 27 minutes. There was no need to leave him in, as we were obviously already running up the score.

The Clippers beat the Trail Blazers for the eighth straight time, and keep their hopes of sweeping their season series vs. Portland for the third straight year alive.

At this point, it’s time to begin the MVPG campaign. He’s had an incredible three-game stretch here, and he just dominated a Portland team that dominated the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns just two days before.

There are very few players in this league playing better than PG right now. He’s in charge now with Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka, Keon Johnson, and Jason Preston all still out due to injury/illness.

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He’s leading this squad, and has done a great job against three likely playoff teams in the West this year.