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Paul George Drops 33 Points in Clippers Debut

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The Los Angeles Clippers have looked pretty good so far this year, adding Kawhi Leonard to a roster that pushed the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs last year.

Still, the Clippers have yet to realize their full potential, as we all seemed to forget that they acquired two superstars this offseason, not one.

Trading for Paul George was the linchpin in the Clippers acquiring Leonard, as Kawhi wanted to play with another superstar.

George missed the first 11 games of the season, recovering from shoulder surgery, but finally hit the floor on Thursday night.

George was inserted into the starting lineup in Kawhi’s place against the New Orleans Pelicans, as he was resting his sore knee.

Despite the Clippers limiting him to just 24 minutes, George dropped 33 points in his Clippers debut, shooting an efficient 10 of 17 from the field.

George shot 3-for-5 from three-point range and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line.

Throughout the entire night, George showcased the scoring prowess that made many people pick the Clippers as the favorites to win a championship this year.

Unfortunately for George, Jrue Holiday spoiled his debut, scoring a game-high 36 points to lead the Pelicans to a victory.

Holiday was the best player on the floor on this night, stealing the ball from George three times in the game’s final minutes to seal a victory for New Orleans.

Derrick Favors had a great game for the Pelicans as well, putting together the rare 20-point, 20-rebound, double-double.

While the Pelicans won the game, the Clippers have to be happy with the way George looked, especially since Leonard wasn’t on the floor.

Los Angeles still has 70 games left in the season to fully integrate the superstar tandem of Leonard and George, with a core that includes gritty players like Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley.

Now that everyone is healthy, it should be fun to watch the Clippers gel together as one of the best teams in the NBA.

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Carmelo Anthony Signs with the Portland Trail Blazers

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After making the Western Conference Finals last year, the Portland Trail Blazers have gotten off to a rocky start this season.

They have dropped eight of their first 12 games and six of their last seven, to fall to a dismal 4-8 start.

As a way to turn their season around, the Trail Blazers have now signed a future Hall of Famer, bringing Carmelo Anthony into the fold.

Anthony, 35, last played in the NBA over a year ago, starting the year with the Houston Rockets before they quickly dismissed him for the season playing just 10 games with the team.

The contract with Portland is non-guaranteed for Anthony, but he now has the opportunity to play himself back into the league after teams have shied away from his services all summer in free agency.

Anthony is the 19th-leading scorer in NBA history, with 25,551 career points. He has averaged 24 points per game in his career and is a 10-time All-Star.

Still, Anthony’s best days are behind him, as he has been unable to adapt to becoming a role player after years of being a volume scorer.

In 10 games spent with Houston, Anthony averaged 13.4 points per game and shot just 33% from three-point range.

While he is long-removed from his All-Star days in the past, the Trail Blazers can use another scorer from the wing and Carmelo just might be the answer.

The Trail Blazers will be playing in San Antonio against the Spurs on Saturday night, for what could be Carmelo’s Trail Blazers debut.

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Ja Morant Nails First Career Game-Winner to Lead the Grizzlies Past the Hornets

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Ja Morant is the clear early-season favorite to win the Rookie of the Year this season, as Zion Williamson is still sidelined with a knee injury.

The No. 2 overall pick has been given the keys to the Memphis Grizzlies franchise in his first year and he has shown the elite playmaking ability that makes Morant one of the most exciting point guard prospects we have seen in some time.

On Wednesday night, Morant’s rookie highlight reel got a signature moment, as he hit his first career game-winning shot against the Charlotte Hornets.

Morant was efficient from the floor all night, converting 10 of his 15 field goal attempts for a team-high 23 points. Morant also dished 11 assists for his first career double-double.

Having just turned 20 years old in August, Morant has not even fully grown into his body. He is listed at 6’3″ and just 174 pounds.

Yet what Morant lacks in size, he makes up for in pure skills. The point guard features a silky smooth handle, giving him the ability to work around defenders with ease.

This is just the beginning of Morant’s career, so as he continues to learn the nuances of the game, he is only going to get better as a floor-general.

Still, in six games so far this month, Morant has eclipsed 20 points four times. Morant is leading all rookies with 18.3 points and 5.8 assists per game through 10 contests.

If he maintains that level of play, Morant is going to be a runaway candidate for the Rookie of the Year.

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