Paul George can’t stop giving up game-winning shots
Though he’s a four-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection, Clippers star Paul George has endured some unfortunate luck over the years when it comes to game-winning shots.
As a member of the Indiana Pacers, George gave up several game-winning shots, including those to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kawhi Leonard, and even Rudy Gay. With the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was players like Lauri Markkanen and Damian Lillard knocking down the dagger over George.
Even as a member of the Clippers, players have knocked down game-winning shots over George, including Suns guard Devin Booker. George had a hand in Booker’s face as he rose up for a shot in the closing seconds of Tuesday night’s loss to the Suns, but it didn’t matter. Booker sank the turnaround jumper, and the Suns improved to 3-0 inside the bubble.
If you don’t know, now you do. pic.twitter.com/Lc3UPZJ1JS
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) August 5, 2020
Let’s take a look back at some game-winning shots that have been hit over Paul George throughout his career:
Nobody gets dotted in their eye with a game winning shot like Paul George. pic.twitter.com/rv1SXkJoMk
— pickuphoop (@pickuphoop) August 4, 2020
None of this is to say that Paul George is a bad defender. In fact, he’s actually one of the better wing defenders in the NBA. It just seems that Lady Luck is not always by his side. A lot of the game-winning buckets that have been hit on George were difficult shots, yet they still went in.
Right now, the Clippers are holding the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference — 6.5 games back from the Los Angeles Lakers. Will there be more incidents like these for George as the season plays on, or will the tides of fortune shift in his favor?