Clippers’ Paul George explains clutch mindset after hitting game-winner vs. Thunder
Paul George had another memorable outing for his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, on Monday night. The 6-foot-8 swingman hit a big trey with less than 30 seconds on the game clock, which would prove to be the nail in the coffin for their opponent, as the Clippers escaped with a 90-88 victory against a steadfast Oklahoma City Thunder side.
Following his clutch go-ahead bucket, George spoke about the type of mentality he possesses in crunch time:
Clippers’ Paul George on late game clutch shooting – “I don’t look at the numbers, I don’t look at the statistics. I’m confident in whatever shot I take whether I make or miss, it’s part of the game… I’m out there to play hard & win games. I feel confident in every shot I take.” pic.twitter.com/dkIiQR5rvB
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 19, 2019
While George had historically struggled on clutch shots, he has been hitting more in recent years:
Remember when Paul George was the least clutch player in the league? Of course you do. He was a Pacer. Look at him now though. Worst to first. pic.twitter.com/zI8lxG3jx8
— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) November 19, 2019
Kawhi Leonard was dealing with a left knee contusion, which forced him to sit out Monday night’s face-off against the Thunder. George definitely came up big for the Clippers on the evening, logging 18 points (on 7-of-14 shooting), seven rebounds, and four assists in 29 minutes of play. It is worth noting, however, that the six-time All-Star did turn the ball over six times, but we can chalk this up as part of some growing pains, given that this was just George’s third game as a Clipper.
With the win, LA is now 9-5 to start the new season, which is good for fourth place in the Western Conference. The Clippers are off on Tuesday, but they will be back in action on Wednesday to host a surging Boston Celtics side.
Leonard’s injury is not considered to be serious, so the hope is the reigning Finals MVP will be able to take the court on Wednesday, as we get our first chance to see Kawhi Leonard and Paul George play alongside each other.