George enters ‘ghost-mode’ in the Clippers’ spooky win over the Rockets

Paul George, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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Throughout the last few games, the LA Clippers have been committing the most superficial errors. Between below-average shooting splits and little to no intensity of the defensive end, head coach Tyronn Lue’s problems were easily fixable. Furthermore, the Clippers played much better in their seventh game of the year versus the Houston Rockets.

One of the best two-way players in the league, Paul George, showed up all game willing his team to win. In his career performance, George posted 35 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists while shooting 15-26 from the field and 5-10 from the three-point line. George added six steals, two blocks, and the game-winning shot.

Although George didn’t start the season as expected, he already has two historical performances, both resulting in wins. Each game he has attempted over 20 shots, the Clippers have found a way to fight past their struggles. This adds to how aggressive George must be moving forward, especially in the absence of Lue’s most valuable player, Kawhi Leonard.

Behind George was the star big man Ivica Zubac, who continues to push his name into the All-Star conversation. During 32 minutes of action, Zubac finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and several key plays down the stretch. In a game where George needed someone else to step up, Zubac did just that.

The LA Clippers will need more players to contribute if they hope to compete with some of the best teams in the NBA.

Aside from George and Zubac, no one else on the LA Clippers left their impact on the game. It is clear why Leonard is the team’s most important player, as Lue and his squad could be undefeated if the roster were not battling health issues.

Based on their previous mistakes, the LA Clippers showed effort in almost every aspect of the game. This contest was filled with ball movement, defensive stops, and a basic offensive game plan. The shooting efficiency may have been abnormal, but the missed opportunities were all great looks. There will be numerous nights throughout the year where shots simply aren’t falling.

With no Leonard, and two vital pieces in John Wall and Robert Covington, Lue will need more from the shot-creating point guard Reggie Jackson. Had the Clippers had Jackson perform at his best, this game would’ve been over during the third quarter. The team must address his unusual shooting splits, as his role could change once Wall returns to total health.

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Moreover, the LA Clippers heard the noise and responded with their third win of the season. This is an excellent sign, as the roster should be fully healthy within the coming weeks. If Lue and his squad ignite a winning streak, the rest of the league must take notice, as the Clippers will dominate their opponents any chance they get.