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Thunder star Paul George knew he had to change his diet, sleep habits to keep up with Russell Westbrook

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Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Paul George tells Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN he knew he had to change his diet and sleep habits to keep up with star point guard Russell Westbrook on the basketball floor.

Westbrook plays at a very frantic pace every night, so George knew he had to slim down and start eating healthier if he wanted to co-exist with Russ.

The changes Paul George has made have paid off in a big way for the All-Star swingman.

George is having the best statistical season of his NBA career this year with the Thunder. The six-time All-Star enters Saturday’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors averaging a career-high 28.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 84.0 percent from the free-throw line.

PG has 21 double-doubles and one triple-double on the season.

George is in the MVP conversation. Many believe the Thunder have the best chance of dethroning the Warriors once the playoffs start. For that to happen, PG needs to produce in the postseason like he has in the regular season thus far.

It’s amazing that George is even playing basketball again after the injury he suffered in the summer of 2014. He has established himself as one of the best players in the NBA again.