Year one of the Paul George era in Oklahoma City ended with a lump. The five-time all-star broke forward to…
Year one of the Paul George era in Oklahoma City ended with a lump. The five-time all-star broke forward to a 2-16-shot bet in a 96-91 Game 5 loss to Utah, Thunder sends home in the round one of the Western Conference playoffs. While Russell Westbrook slipped to 46 points in 43 shots, George continued a trend of Westbrooks teammates after Kevin Durant’s departure, shrinking from the biggest moment of the season.
George chose a chance for redemption in July, leading to the LeBron Lakers becoming four years in Oklahoma City. Thunder focuses on a George-Westbrook romance and water. And with George Secured in the long run, raised a big question: would George be a suitable Robin to Westbrook Batman?
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George has been up to the task this season. He leads Thunder in scoring, adds to career heights in rebounding and stealing. Georges finest moment came on Wednesday night, a 47-point, 1
5-rebound bet in a 114-112 victory over the nights. The Comeback victory was Oklahoma City’s sixth victory in its last seven races. It was also a reminder of how impressive George may be.
Playing next to Westbrook has revealed a light on George’s game without the ball in his hands. Much of the praise he received in Oklahoma City’s real estate springs from outside the box’s points. George is an elit cutter and a dangerous lob hot. He is a qualitative spot-up shooter from beyond the bow. Defensively, George had a fall to be on the All-Defensive team last year and ended others in the league in stealing. But for all of his peripheral forces Georges’s pure point of ability has been overlooked.
The former Pacer was a legitimate top option in Indiana, with an average of over 27 points per game in both 2016 and 2017 playoffs. George’s playoff efforts with over-matched squads sometimes felt a touch of Westbrookian, emptying the house as the clock ticked down on their respective seasons.
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George’s full arsenal was on display in Brooklyn, marked by a dominant 25-point fourth quarter. He bullies Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe on devices to tin. He beat four in the fourth quarter, including the game winner with 3.1 seconds left. George did not suspend Westbrook or cheer his warm hand. It was his quarter.
Oklahoma City is second in the West Conference after Wednesday’s victory and project to reach the off season despite an extremely competitive west. George and Westbrook are one of the best one-two hits at the conference, and the core that surrounds them is more stable than in recent years. If George can claim in the after-season as he did on Wednesday night, Oklahoma City will be one of the most dangerous outs in the Western Conference playoff.