Originally posted on RealGM | By Rafael Canton | Last updated 4/28/21
As we enter the stretch run of the NBA regular season, the Los Angeles Clippers have a lot to prove. Though the team is third in the West with a 43-20 record and has won 17 of its last 21 games, the regular season seems unimportant. After Los Angeles blew a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets in the second round, the focus is on the Clippers redeeming themselves and delivering upon the hype and promise that came when Paul George and Kawhi Leonard loudly joined the team during the 2019 offseason.
At the center of the Clippers’ playoff struggles last year was George. The Robin to Kawhi’s Batman, George shot under 40 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three-point line in 13 games. George’s troubles in the postseason started in a first-round matchup with the Dallas Mavericks when he went 10-for-47 over a three-game stretch and admitted that he dealt with anxiety and depression while being isolated in the bubble.
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