Misplaced amid the unimaginable OKC rally to stun Utah in Recreation 5 – the 32-7 third quarter run by the Thunder; forty five factors on 39 photographs from Russell Westbrook; the benching of Carmelo Anthony; the house cooking foul calls from officers – has been the quietly superior collection Paul George is having.
That’s free-agent-to-be Paul George.
Towards what was the 2nd greatest protection within the NBA common season (Boston was 1st), Paul George is averaging 28.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg and capturing forty five % from the sector and forty one % on three-pointers. “Playoff P” is capturing 88 % from the foul line.
The media will definitely be in full “Perhaps This Will Spark the Thunder” mode after the superb OKC rally in Recreation 5. And that’s no shock, actually, given how a lot the media loves Russell Westbrook. However until the Utah bigs get in foul hassle in Recreation 6 and George and Westbrook go bonkers once more, the Jazz ought to win, and we’ll be again to the “Paul George is gone” dialogue.
I can’t even see George staying in the event that they handle to win this collection. The Thunder had thirteen assists within the win, and simply 10 within the Recreation four loss. They have been twenty eighth within the NBA in assists per recreation final season.
The Lakers truly move the ball. Positive, they have been solely nineteenth within the league final yr, however that was with a rookie level guard (who missed 30 video games). Lonzo Ball is a cross-first level guard. The place do you assume a scoring machine like George will need to play?
Any Lakers followers who’re nonetheless on the fence about Paul George, simply check out this collection. He’s quietly been very, excellent.