Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers are still in the hunt for an NBA title. The Los Angeles Lakers are not. And even though Clippers have lost Kawhi Leonard for at least the rest of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, that doesn’t mean they aren’t thriving.
Without The Klaw, the Clippers took care of business in Game 5 of their current series opposite the Utah Jazz. On the road against a team that’s backed by a strong record in Salt Lake City, the Clippers relied on an efficient offense that got some big numbers from Paul George.
In fact, according to Shane Young of Forbes Sports, the Clippers are the kings of efficiency among all teams remaining in the playoffs.
“Clippers have the most efficient offense remaining in the playoffs, scoring 121.8 points per 100 possessions with a 61.9% true shooting mark. Leaders in both.”
The much-maligned Paul George came up with 37 points in Game 5, shooting 12 of 22 from the field while Marcus Morris Sr. went off for 25 on 10-of-16 shooting. The Clippers drained over 51 percent of their field-goal attempts and 21 of their 25 shots from the free-throw line.
The Clippers are showing they can get their offense going despite missing some key members, but it will be a challenge sustaining their efficiencies in the long run without Leonard. But as long as George is playing like the superstar he is being paid for and Reggie Jackson channeling his inner Mr. June along with ample support from the supporting cast, the Clippers could just pull off an upset in the second round — and even win it all on the strength of their offense.