Paul George Gets Honest On What Clippers Need From James Harden Amid Losing Streak

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After the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on November 12, Paul George talked about what the team needed from James Harden.

The Clippers are 0-4 with Harden in the lineup. They have lost to the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Grizzlies.

“We all have been supportive and we absolutely want James to be himself,” George said about Harden. “I think when you make a trade like that, it is for James to come over and provide the same service he’s done his whole career. We know how good he is. We know how effective he is and he brings a different dynamic with his ability to catch and shoot, play off the bounce, pick-and-roll, playmaking.”

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Harden is averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 turnovers in four games with the Clippers. The 10-time All-Star is shooting 47.2% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc.

“We want James to be himself,” George continued about Harden. “James is used to having the ball and orchestrating offense and breaking offense down every possession. I’m sure it is tough when it’s not that every possession and so he’s working through that. We’re all working through something and we’re just trying to figure out how to be ourselves when those opportunities present themselves.”

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George is averaging 17.0 points while shooting only 33.9% from the floor and 23.3% from 3 in four games with Harden. Thus far, it looks like the Clippers made a huge mistake trading for Harden, who has finished with a negative plus-minus in every game with Los Angeles.

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