When will Paul George appear in the playoff match between the Clippers?

It's hard to tell if Paul George is struggling or thriving when he plays, one of the more fluid swingers in a bubble or noisy arena.

One of the reasons why he is ranked number two for Kohi Leonard is his ability to seamlessly transition from facilitator to dominant without much of a change in his behavior, without having to send the bat signal - when he's at his best.

But Playoff P is open to find his game for the Los Angeles Clippers, and do so quickly. It's not that the Clippers are in danger of turning on the Dallas Mavericks; Luca Doncic's ankle injury appears to have had a huge impact on his game after the Clippers' defense was torn apart, cutting their chances of causing a surprise.

His struggles have given an affirmative bias to those who not only feel that George could not only be a key player on the tournament team but also the Clippers' worthiness of his position as a contender.

The season was largely a chemistry experiment as everyone focused on the long match to win everything by staying healthy. The development of synergies and continuity is difficult to quantify when the Clippers had a full rotation of players for eight matches (a 7-1 record), even before the pandemic occurred.

It's not quite a deal with the Devil, but everyone involved knows the delicate balance the Clippers have to walk to maximize all the disparate parts in what they can win for a title.

George, perhaps more than Leonard, is more like a litmus test. Leonard is not a soloist, nor is it in the traditional sense. But it will work fine no matter the conditions.

He would get buckets the same way, would play a tight defense and demonstrate his rapid improvement as a playmaker by hitting the open man with relative ease.

Leonard is fulfilling his credentials in the big matches so far, with an average of 33.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

It's George who does not have the indispensable CV, having made just seven for 33 from the field and losing 15 of 18 3-point tries over the last two games. George doesn't wear the look of frustration, even though he's not robot like Leonard.

"I'm not James Harden. That's not my talent," said George, referring to Harden's attack first, only the attack reputation. "Just to shoot the ball, to shoot the ball. I can and I am proud of myself for being effective on both ends. But there will be nights like this where I can't shoot, and I can't let that affect my game."

Aside from an unnecessary shot on Harden, they both share a match reputation that contrasts with the exploits of the regular season. And his comment may be outright, but it deserves more than just intangible clippers. George didn't exist to be Andre Roberson, he knows personal expectations about his performance, and mockery about his "Playoff P" nickname can go far by the "Kobe stopper" or "Jordan stopper" if he's short.

He only gave a hint via social media after his 40-piece Clippers donshich he'd at least hear the skeptics, but can't let that affect his approach.

At his best, George could be like Pepin: annoying in defense, unselfish in attack and a perfect winger for Leonard, the finals finals and the player who pleaded with the Clippers to empty the house to get him.

Disqualified # 1, Qualifier # 2, perfect position for George. Being a Top 3 Final Position Player last season resonated more than those who saw Damian Lillard hit a ridiculous series ending hat-trick in the face to end the Oklahoma City season.

"We're sure," Leonard said after the Clippers’s third game victory over Dallas on Friday night. "He's going to turn around for him. We got his back."

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