Published: Wed, November 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leonard out for Clippers against Hawks with knee contusion

Leonard out for Clippers against Hawks with knee contusion

He has also converted a flawless 21-of-21 from the free-throw line, absorbing his share of hits to his body and surgically repaired shoulders. Patrick Beverley sat out with a sore left calf. For teammates, that means adjusting to shifting roles on the fly with few chances for a dress rehearsal. "And the two games he's played, his efficiency is incredible".

George has waited a long time to play alongside Leonard.

Just a minute into the game, George drove inside and floated one up and in off the glass, and he never slowed down.

Some Clippers downplayed the lack of practice time. "That's the only way guys can get a rhythm".

With Kawhi Leonard absent for his fourth National Basketball Association (NBA) game of the season, Paul George took command in his first home game as a Clipper by scoring 37 points in 20 minutes - the first NBA player to score so many points in less than 21 minutes of playtime - in his team's 150-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks at the Staples Centre. Shooting guard Landry Shamet will miss his third straight game with a high ankle sprain, while Beverley will miss his second straight.

"We had another 30, 40 points that didn't play tonight", George said, referring to Kawhi Leonard. This season. I'm talking training camp as well.

George wasn't the only one who caught fire.

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"For me, it's a dream come true to be able to do this at home in front of family and friends", George said. I'm a confident player. But I think in those moments I did have turnovers, those have to come in different ways.

CJ McCollum scored 32 points, and Hassan Whiteside added 21 points and 12 rebounds as visiting Portland built a huge early lead, gave it all back and more, but then rallied for a win over host San Antonio. "But again, this is all fresh for me right now".

But when George tripped, Rivers had seen enough and removed him. They have similar skills, are willing to make plays for others and own a mutual admiration that brought them together this summer. Young, though, hit just 4 of 16 shots from the floor.

George, who scored 25 points in the first half, converted 10 of 17 shots from the floor overall, including 6 of 11 3-pointers. "I'm just happy to be back to this game", he added.

With George and Leonard shouldering so much of the load, it's incumbent moving forward that the supporting cast "do the little things", guard Rodney McGruder said.

"This game was very, very important for us", said Harden.

Update: Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander return to face the Clippers (8-5) for the first time since the franchise traded them, five draft picks and two pick swaps in July in exchange for Paul George. Along with his 37 points, he tacked on four rebounds, three assists and two steals. I had a better flow.

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