Paul George on a roll heading into playoffs

The Associated Press - April 18, 2018 12:16 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George has found his shot.

Actually, the Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star has been on a roll heading into the playoffs.

In the five regular season games in April, he averaged 27.6 points and made 41 percent of his 3-pointers and 90 percent of his free throws. He closed the regular season with a 40-point outburst against Memphis.

He kept it up in OKC’s playoff opener, scoring 36 points and setting a Thunder playoff record with eight 3-pointers as Oklahoma City beat Utah 116-108 .

“To his credit, when he was going through a little bit of that slump where he wasn’t shooting the ball particularly well, he really put extra work in,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “I felt like he was really driven and focused to work his way through it.”

A couple of former OKC standouts are also thriving early in the postseason.

Victor Oladipo — the player who George was traded for — was just as impressive for Indiana. The Pacers hope to take a 2-0 lead the series against Cleveland and put LeBron James and the Cavaliers on the ropes Wednesday.

Another former Thunder player, Houston’s James Harden, was the best of the George-Oladipo-Harden trio. The Rockets MVP candidate scored 44 points in Houston’s win against Minnesota.

If George is to keep rolling for the Thunder in Game 2 Wednesday he’ll have to do it with a right hip bruise, and after being limited in practice on Tuesday.

“He was not able to do very much today,” Donovan said. “He did some things in practice. Not much. We’ll probably see where he’s at after shootaround tomorrow and probably evaluate him going into the game.”

 

 

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