Tyronn Lue heaps praise onto his superstar Paul George after a stellar performance against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Paul George has been incredible for the LA Clippers so far this season to say the least. The 30-year-old has seemingly put the NBA bubble behind him for now, and has shown a new hunger to prove himself to the world.
The star only recently got back from a toe injury. His initial few performances after the injury were understandably a bit lackluster. However, in a tough game against the Portland Trail Blazers, without the services of Kawhi Leonard, the star exploded offensively, and led the Clippers to victory.
During the game, fans were simply in awe of George’s greatness. And it seems head coach Tyronn Lue was no different.
Tyronn Lue commends Paul George after a 33-point explosion against the Portland Trail Blazers
Ahead of this game, reporters confirmed that both Damian Lillard (right hamstring), and Kawhi Leonard (right foot soreness) would be sidelined during this game.
That said, fans would be forgiven for perhaps believing that the game wouldn’t be very fun to watch. However, that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
The game was close throughout. Paul George and CJ McCollum took over for their respective teams, clashing magnificently throughout the game.
The game ended in dramatic fashion. With the score at 111-112 in the Blazers favor, and the game clock at 4 seconds, George was fouled, putting him on the line. Here, he drilled two very clutch free throws to put the Clippers on top by 1 point.
After this McCollum for the Blazers pump-faked his way to a very good look from mid-range. Unfortunately for him, he missed it, and the Clippers rejoiced.
After the game, LA Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue was asked about Paul George after the game. And with pride on his face, he said this.
“Paul George was special tonight.”
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Even without Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers are nothing to sneeze at. Norman Powell, Carmelo Anthony and even Anfernee Simons needed were very difficult to deal with throughout.
So, it says a lot about the LA Clippers to grab the win despite not having Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka on the floor for this game. And perhaps fans will start to believe in this team just that tad bit more, come playoff time.