George scores 6 points in the last minute and ends the match with 33. The absences of Lillard and Kawhi overshadow the Blazers-Clippers.
Paul George to the rescue. Again. The forward is being the player who is holding the Clippers in this phase of the season. Today he did it again, and if it had not been for him, the Angelenos would have succumbed in Portland.
The Blazers entered the last minute of the game winning 112-107, but were unable to score in the final 60 seconds, 60 seconds that ended with a 0-6 partial for Clippers for 112-113, and the 6 points led the same signature, that of Paul George.
George wove his offensive weaponry with three decisive penetrations. The first two finished with baskets near the rim and the third with a pair of free throws that established the final result with 4.8 seconds remaining until the end of the game.
In return, Portland saw CJ McCollum miss a triple, Norman Powell do the same, and McCollum himself miss the potentially winning shot thrown over the horn, a shot that was preceded by some very good action from the Portland player, who got away from his defender, George, with a very good feint.
The game started lacklustre because of the casualties, a burden with which we have already become used to living in this pandemic season. None other than the Blazers without Damian Lillard and the Clippers without Kawhi Leonard , a disgrace from any point of view.
Without Leonard, George continues to act as the irreproachable leader of these Clippers. The eave is life insurance, which is in spectacular shape.
Today, the decisive George finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds, being over 50% on the field goal.
Clippers, who scored 50% of his field goals despite being off from the triple, had Marcus Morris with 16 points and 6 rebounds and enjoyed a good second unit with positive performances from Nico Batum and two newcomers loaded with hours of flight, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo.
Cousins, who is on a 10-day contract, had 11 points and 6 rebounds in 13 minutes, although the team did not do well with him on the court. He continues to struggle to defend due to his Achilles and knee injuries.
Rondo has shown himself in recent games very interested in the game and quite integrated into his new team. Against Portland, 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in 22 minutes.
Portland, who also played without Jusuf Nurkic (Clippers still without Ibaka and Beverley ) and who only lost 6 balls all night, had McCollum with 28 points, Powell with 23 and Carmelo Anthony with 18, although Melo left the game with a poor 5 of 18 in the shot.
The Clippers remain comfortable in third place in the West at 41-19, and the Blazers are 32-25 in the sixth position, the last one that entitles them to play the playoffs avoiding the play-in.