October 26, 2020, 4:25 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
According to Barry Jackson, the Clippers have come to terms with Dan Craig, further bolstering their coaching staff.
The Clippers continue to strengthen their coaching ranks with Craig deciding to leave Miami. He had previously been linked to the Pacers head coaching role, a position that was ultimately filled by Nate Bjorkgren. After being bundled out of the playoffs in seven games, the Clippers will be looking to make amends next season. New head coach Ty Lue is putting together a stellar team of decision-makers and everything is pointing towards a renewed focus.
Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter
September 29, 2020, 3:04 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Jovan Buha of The Athletic is reporting that Tyronn Lue is a candidate in the Clippers' coaching search.
Lue was an assistant with LA last season and is already said to be a candidate for other gigs around the league, namely Philadelphia. ESPN previously reported that analyst Jeff Van Gundy is in the mix as well, and he's been connected to the Rockets. Monday's surprising dismissal of Doc Rivers was said to have been the result of several things building up over the years rather than this past season's disappointing finish, and the team is looking for a high-level thinker who "values progress and innovation," as well as someone who can better develop young players and uphold an identity built on toughness and grit.
Source: The Athletic
September 21, 2020, 12:04 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Following the Clippers' elimination loss, Paul George gave a speech to his teammates in the locker room which was met with eye-rolls and bewilderment, as reported by Shams Charania in The Athletic on Monday.
George attempted to galvanize his team and convince them to stay together for next season and make another run at the championship. His teammates' reactions are yet another piece of evidence that the Clippers have significant chemistry issues. The team will need to retool in advance of next season but with so few draft assets they'll find it difficult to make any big moves. It will be in their best interest to re-sign free agents Montrezl Harrell and Marcus Morris this offseason, if for no other reason than to have something to offer on the trade market.
Source: The Athletic
September 16, 2020, 3:53 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George's time in Orlando came to an end during Tuesday's Game 7 loss to the Nuggets, finishing with just 10 points on a paltry 4-of-16 from the floor including 2-of-11 from the 3-point line in 38 minutes of playing time.
George is unlikely to look back on his time in Orlando with fond memories given his inconsistent production and associated battles with external factors. Despite an improved period of games over the past three weeks, George shot poorly for the duration and never really looked like himself. The Clippers will need to retool during the offseason if they are to come back bigger and stronger in 2020-21.
September 13, 2020, 3:59 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers dropped Game 6 at the hands of the Nuggets on Sunday despite Paul George's 33 points (9-of-21 FG, 4-of-9 3PM), six rebounds, three assists, five steals and one block.
PG13 was also a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line but will need to do more in Game 7 on Tuesday. The Clippers will continue to search for their first Western Conference Finals berth in franchise history after dropping both Game 5 and 6 against a feisty Nuggets squad.
September 11, 2020, 10:47 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George's 26 points (8-for-18 FG), six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks were not enough on Friday evening as the Nuggets beat the Clippers.
The Clippers will now have to face the Nuggets in Game 6, which will come on Sunday. George's play has steadily improved since a breakout game in Game 5 of the previous round of the playoffs against the Mavs. His 42 minutes on Friday led all players, a good indication that he's feeling healthy at this juncture of the playoffs. George and the Clippers will take another stab at closing out the Nuggets on Sunday.
September 10, 2020, 12:20 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George was suppressed by foul trouble on Wednesday as he played just 26 minutes and ended with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, a steal and four turnovers.
Any poor performance by George invites "Playoff P" jokes but this game can mostly be chalked up to foul trouble throwing him off his game. He's stepped up recently and is coming off two solid games where he scored 22 and 32 points with solid peripherals. Look for him to bounce back in Game 5 as he seeks to make his first Western Conference finals apperance.
September 7, 2020, 11:45 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George led the Clippers in their 113-107 win over the Nuggets in Game 3 on Monday with 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting to go with four boards, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.
The noise is always a bit louder whenever George plays poorly, especially given his self-proclaimed name of "Playoff P", but there's a reason every team was dying to sign him in the offseason. He's still an elite two-way player that's lethal from all parts of the floor. He's a bit streaky beyond the arc, but tonight he had it going.
September 6, 2020, 12:18 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George had a scary "wobble" as he appeared to hyperextend his leg, but stayed on the floor and finished Saturday's game with 22 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting at the line.
George also chipped in eight rebounds, four 3s, three assists, two steals and two blocks in what was an overall well-rounded effort, which sadly just wasn't enough to push his team passed the surging Nuggets. He was criticized in the team's previous series about being off his game, but after working on his mental game, George has since found his former self which is one of the league's best two-way players.
Source: Hoop Ball Clips on Twitter
September 3, 2020, 11:42 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard barely broke a sweat in Thursday's Game 1 win over the Nuggets, scoring 29 points on 12-of-16 from the field in 32 minutes of action.
Leonard rounded his line out with three assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer, focusing most of his efforts on scoring tonight. Denver's defense was abysmal in their first-round victory over Utah, and they were shellacked tonight against a team that has more than one scoring threat. And with all due respect to Donovan Mitchell, Kawhi is a whole different beast. Paul George also chipped in 19 points on 6-of-13 from the field with seven boards, four assists, two steals and two threes while Marcus Morris put up 18 points on 7-of-10 from the floor with five rebounds, two steals and four threes. The Nuggets looked spent after a tough seven-gamer in round one and they've got a lot to fix up before this series gets out of hand.
August 30, 2020, 6:29 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George went 6-of-19 from the field to score 15 points in Sunday's Game 6 win over the Mavs.
Not great after a 35-point Game 5, but George was able to contribute nine rebounds, seven assists and a pair of triples. A clean slate in the next series should help PG put these struggles behind him, and the Clippers will need George to play like his All Star self if they're going to really compete for a title.
August 26, 2020, 12:56 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George exploded for 35 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and four triples on 12-of-18 shooting in just 24 minutes as the Clippers beat the Mavericks 154-111 on Tuesday.
It's pretty safe to say that George saw all of the tweets. He came out of the gate swinging tonight and seemed as though he had a point to prove, silencing all of his critics in the process. The Clippers scored an incredible 154 points tonight, which was a franchise playoff record and neither PG or Kawhi Leonard played 30 minutes. Hopefully he can keep up this level of play as the Clippers look to send the Mavericks packing in Game 6 on Thursday.
August 25, 2020, 12:20 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
While Paul George is in the midst of a nasty shooting slump, the Clippers want him to keep on firing to get out of it.
When asked about how he wants George to snap the funk, Doc Rivers said, "Just let him keep shooting. We clearly got to get him more shots. And that's on us, on all of us. [He got] great looks and I just want him to get more of those and take more of those. He needs to shoot 20-plus times, he needs to get the ball up in the air." A bet on regression is pretty wise, and at this point the battle seems largely mental. Encouraging PG to stay aggressive is the hardest part, especially as negative attention swirls around a heavily favored Clippers squad. George is 10-for-47 over the last three games and shooting just 29% for the series.
August 23, 2020, 7:12 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George was horrid on Sunday, shooting 3-of-14 from the field for nine points to go with eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 45 minutes.
The Playoff P memes write themselves. George was completely in his own head and looked downright afraid of getting the ball at points late in the fourth quarter, and spent a lot of time settling for jumpers instead of trying to attack a Mavs defense that was missing some rim protection. George has shot 10-for-47 over the last three games and will get it turned around, but he's going to need to get right quickly with the Clippers now facing a best-of-three with the upstart Mavs.
August 22, 2020, 12:05 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George still could not find his shooting stroke on Friday night, going for an ugly 3-of-16 from the field to finish the game with just 11 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer and two steals.
PG13 has been a mess lately and it's a good thing that the Clippers had Kawhi Leonard on hand to carry the bulk of the scoring load with his 36-point outing. George is in a funk, there's no doubt about that. Hopefully, he'll be able to shake it off and play at a level we all know he's capable of in the games to come.