The L.A. Clippers have gotten off to a strong start to the 2019-20 season, holding one of the top marks in the stacked Western Conference. Beyond possessing one of the deeper rosters in the league, the team has been led by the promising play of their dynamic All-Star duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard this season. Although there have been plenty of adjustments, the two have quickly adapted to each other on the floor. George has voiced why he believes the two have found success next to each other on the floor.
Clippers’ success behind Paul George and Kawhi Leonard
Following the acquisitions of Leonard and George, there was a tremendous level of expectations placed upon the Clippers to compete for an NBA title. Many had also labeled them as the favorites to win the title despite their two stars not having played a game together.
L.A. has had some bumps along the way, such as their struggles on the road holding a 7-7 record, but they have continued to trek forward. They have nearly flawless at Staples Center with their lone loss being against the Milwaukee Bucks in their first 14 games played.
Their immediate success is a promising sign of what’s to come from their core group that will only further gel together as the season wears along. With that in mind, George recently delved into why he believes he has been able to mesh so well with the reigning NBA Finals MVP so quickly.
Why Paul George believes he meshes well with Kawhi Leonard
Despite missing the first 10 games of the season and rarely practicing together, George and Leonard have quickly found fluidity on the court together.
It has been one of the primary reasons for their early-season success. With that in mind, George recently voiced that he believes their collective unselfish approach has blended in well with the entire roster. (H/T Ashish Mathur of ClutchPoints)
“I think we’re both just humble dudes. You know, this group, outside of myself and Kawhi, is humble guys. They like to have fun, energetic and I think what we bring is, you know, just that humility, you know, we just mesh right in with everybody else. We not going against the grain. We here to have fun and win games too.”
The Clippers have adopted a shared mental approach to the game that has allowed their deep roster to impact the game. It has been much more than just their two All-Stars as they possess arguably the best bench in the league, led by their dynamic 1-2 punch of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.
The fact that George and Leonard have bought into that approach has allowed their respective games to flourish next to each other. It also sets the table for them to continue to build their all-important chemistry on the floor together that will be crucial come playoff time.
Clippers’ outlook for 2019-20 season
The Clippers have gotten out to a solid start to the season, sitting with the second-best mark in the Western Conference. The Los Angeles Lakers currently hold a 4.5-game advantage at this current juncture, but that gap between them should become closer as the season moves along.
L.A. will continue to lean on their star power to guide them while also monitoring Leonard’s health with their load management plan. George should see his play improve as he gets more playing time under his belt.
If things stay the course, the Clippers will be in play to make a deep playoff run towards their first NBA title, with their Staples Center co-tenants being their most significant challenge in the Western Conference.