Clippers back to the top?
● After 13 games in the opening season, Paul George is averaging 25.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, with career highs in field-goal percentage (50.3).
● Tyronn Lue has turned George into a primary ball-handler and brings good chemistry and energy to the team.
The Clippers had their first undefeated week of the season and actually looked pretty dominant. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading the way, the Los Angeles Clippers are one of the NBA’s most star-powered teams — and one of just a handful that can claim a legitimate chance to win the championship. Both Leonard and George are off to great starts so far this year, with each averaging over 24 points per game.
According to ESPN power ranking, the LA Clippers remain in No. 2 spot, one spot behind the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, who are rolling and showing no signs of relinquishing their No. 1 spot.
The two stars helped the Clippers go 4-0 this past week despite Lou Williams missing two games and Patrick Beverley and Serge Ibaka out for one game each. And Tyronn Lue's team still hasn't reached full potential. The LA Clippers ranked second in the league with 10 wins and 4 losses.
Paul George's impressive shooting percentage
After 13 games in the opening season, Paul George is averaging 25.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, with career highs in field-goal percentage (50.3), 3-point percentage (49.2), and free throw percentage (91.8%) as well as assists (5.2) per game taking advantage of the Clippers’ revamped roster that provides significantly more spacing for him.
Paul George looks reborn in Los Angeles after the postseason debacle in the Orlando bubble.
He’s healthier than he was last season when he was coming off two shoulder surgeries and seems to have a unique ability to irritate opponents.
Through the first month of the season, Paul George has more than done that, playing some of the best basketball of his career to help lead the Clippers to a 10-4 record, a mere half-game back of the Lakers for first in the West.
Tyronn Lue's strategies makes PG's performance a lot more stable
The key to Paul George's hot start this season is that the Clippers now have a more George-friendly team. Lue, the head coach of the Clippers has turned George into a primary ball-handler and brings good chemistry and energy to the team. Paul George has 65 possessions this season, even surpassing Kawhi Leonard to become the highest player on the team. It lets Paul George play more roles in organizing offense movement, for example, he can play a pick-and-roll with Ibaka or Zubac, or use Batum’s passing to create an off-the-ball position which allows him to do catch-and-shoot.
The smartest thing about Lue is to allow Paul George to directly create a chance for mismatch in the offense, which is to use tactics to allow the mismatch to occur during the normal flow of the team’s offenses for Paul George with the most advantage. For example, the most common tactic is to set up an On-Ball Screen for Paul George to have enough space for an attempted goal field.