The LA Clippers have had a lot to figure out ever since James Harden arrived in town. While a great player in a vacuum, Harden’s addition has forced some drastic changes to the Clippers’ lineups as well as their offensive philosophy.
It has led to conversations about unselfishness and who needs to be sacrificing most, while still making sure the star players are operating in roles that allow their skills to shine. Suffice to say, it has been anything but easy for the Clippers.
Over the course of James Harden’s three games in LA, one player in particular has seen more of a drop in production than anyone else. Interestingly enough, that player is Paul George.
Paul George has seen his numbers drop since James Harden’s arrival
In the last three games, Paul George has averaged just 14.0 points per game and is shooting 26% from the floor. In Harden’s debut against the Knicks he had arguably his worst night of the season, as he shot 2-for-11 and made just one of his six three-point attempts, turning the ball over four times to boot.
Things have not gotten much better for PG since then. He did have a bit of a bounce-back performance with 24 points against the Nets, but it came at the cost of efficiency, as he shot a dismal 7-for-20 from the floor.
All this tells us that the team is still figuring out how best to get their top players good shots within the flow of the offense. Clippers fans can rest assured Paul George is not going to continue to shoot below 30% for the rest of the season.
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