It will take two more victories for it to really matter. And you can of course say things bent towards Paul George to give him this platform. Jazz had their injuries and problems. Kawhi Leonard was injured, leaving the Clippers less choice but to give George the keys and the plans. Yyou should also take advantage of it, though. You can’t let them call you out loud. It’s been an extremely strange NBA playoff, given the number of injuries and fatigue from the short season and the end of last season’s life.
George had it all pulled in front of him, the idea that he wasn’t “that guy” and that Kawhi was going to leave him hanging out after this season though. Depending on how this series ends, it may turn out that Leonard was the rain cloud hanging over the Clippers as was severely hinted at last season. But we’re not even here.
George put up 41 in the 116-102 victory that keeps the Clippers from playing and coming home, which in a way isn’t as impressive as falling on the 75 percent shooting off the field. The Suns had no answers, and Clippers coach Tyronn Lue was smart enough to get out of the way, that his instructions for most of the second half were just to give George the ball and that his teammates of team would move away.
Again, everything could be for nothing if the Clippers lose one of the next two. And maybe this will be George’s only spasm alone dragging a team further on than they should go. But if there’s one benefit to these weird-ass playoffs, it’s the new names who have had to play the big games, and the ones who have to rewrite their playoff profile. George is probably the first member of this last group.
The fan experience
Finally, this Swiss fan before and after his team’s draw against France yesterday:
We’ve all been there, if you really love a team once. In the bigger games, with the more online, there comes a point where you don’t think you can do any more and wonder why you do this for yourself. And then it pays off, as in the second image, and you’re not just celebrating your team’s achievements, but letting out the catharsis and joy that you put out. Most of the time it doesn’t work, which is why it’s so fun. But there’s that time that does it, that keeps you from doing it over and over again, and justifies every time you don’t see it. It’s the second pic. Fandom is so rarely completely encapsulated so well.