Seeing both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George take to the court together has been such a rare occurrence in recent years that you’d be forgiven if you were surprised about the type of production they can still maintain. NBA fans got a small glimpse of that again today, as the LA Clippers took out the Boston Celtics 113-93 in impressive fashion.
They were buoyed by the presence of Leonard, who finished the game with 25 points, nine rebounds, six assists and a steal while making 10 of 12 field goal attempts. He was matched perfectly by George, who had 26 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal while shooting – though George had a tough night from the field with an 8 of 22 performance.
The pair of stars have only played eight games together so far this season, but they average a combined 51.3 points, 21.1 rebounds and 9.6 assists with only 6.4 turnovers per game. They also have a combined 42.1% from beyond the arc, showing how they help space the floor together.
Leonard still has the skills to be a game-changer. Both he and George had a number of brilliant moments against the Celtics, who haven’t had much trouble dispatching opponents this season.
The real question, and big hope, for the Clippers is how often they’ll be able to see their star wing on the floor. Clippers fans are clearly excited to see him perform at this kind of level again.
Hopefully his recovery and return to elite form continues to get smoother, as the Clippers are mired in a tough race to the guaranteed playoff spots in the Western Conference. Leonard, in his usual style, said in a postgame interview the he doesn’t even feel at his best.
Lets watch how things progress from here, but the NBA is better with Kawhi Leonard being in the conversation.