Skip Bayless tweets about the matchup between Paul George and Devin Booker ahead of the Clippers’ clash with the Suns in the 2021 WCF.
The LA Clippers created franchise history, sealing their Conference Finals debut last night. The Clippers had one of the best comebacks in Game 6 against the top seed Utah Jazz. The Jazz, who was at the brink of elimination blew a 25-point lead in the second half.
PG13 has played the role of an anchor for the Clippers in the absence of superstar Kawhi Leonard. George’s performance in Game 5 was clearly the turning point in the series.
For the past year, George has been the target of umpteen memes and trolls. This was largely due to his performance in the 2020 Orlando Bubble.
However, the 2020-21 season saw the resurgence of PG 13, who averaged 23.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 5.2 APG on 46.7% shooting from the field and 41.1% shooting from the 3-point line.
George would continue to impress with his performances in the post-season as well. The 7x NBA All-Star has been averaging 26.1 PPG, 9.2 RPG, and 5.3 APG on a 45.1% shooting from the field so far in the 2021 Playoffs.
The Clippers face the Suns in the upcoming conference finals. This might be one of the most hyped series going forward. Since earlier this year, George had an altercation with Suns star Devin Booker.
Skip Bayless comments on the history between Paul George and Devin Booker
Undisputed analyst Skip Bayless, who has been raving about George’s playoff performance lately, had coined the term George Paul in 2018. Bayless would coin this term owing to PG13’s poor performances in the post-season.
“He is George Paul. Playoff P? This is the guy who wants a max contract to be somebody’s savior next year. The last 43 minutes and 15 seconds of the closeout Game 6 at Utah, Playoff P scores 0 buckets.” — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/ALDkeVm55n
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) April 30, 2018
Things got a little ugly in a regular season game when Suns star Devin Booker and PG 13 were seen exchanging words. As per reports, Booker apparently took a dig at George for his performance in the 2020 Orlando Bubble.
When asked about the altercation, George responded by saying:” I’ve never had any words, never any altercation, there was always peace when I am on the floor but for whatever reason, there’s a lot of chirping and people living in the past…I’m in a new situation, different mindset.”
George has clearly redeemed himself from the Pandemic P tag this year. The former MIP had some sensational performances in the 2021 Playoffs, especially in the series against the top seed Utah Jazz.
The 7x NBA All-Star’s Game five performance was one of the best he has had in a long time. George put up a double-double with 37-points and 16 rebounds on a 54.5% shooting from the field.