Reggie Miller had a big message for the Los Angeles Clippers and their two stars. The sharpshooter knows they have the talent to do big things this season, but they need to get rid of the so-called 'Clipper curse' to thrive this year.
Paul George couldn't deliver during the first game of their first-round series vs. the Dallas Mavericks, getting called 'Pandemic P' on social media again. The former player-turned-analyst recently talked with Dan Patrick, where he explained what the Clippers need to do now if they want to make that leap (7:56).
“They have that Clipper curse. And he’s given him that nickname ‘Playoff P’. And the first half, he was non-existent, and Paul George, he came alive a little bit in the second half. Look there will always be pressure on the Clippers because their cross-town rivals are the Lakers, and they have won championships. You go out and get Kawhi and get PG, you go out and get Serge Ibaka… I thought the Lakers and the Clippers were the two best teams in the West.”
Miller added that neither the Lakers nor Clippers are looking good this postseason and they need to step up to compete in a stacked Western Conference. Tyronn Lue's team needs to bounce back against a Dallas team that looks very dangerous.
“But right now, both of them don’t look like it. Is there a lot of pressure on Kawhi? Absolutely, winning two championships, one in Toronto, one in San Antonio. But I think they are a team that aren’t afraid to go on the road and win ball games. I think they’ll win game two, but I think they will go into Texas and get another one. It’s a long series, but I still feel they have too many players that can guard Doncic when it matters, Kawhi, George, Beverley. So they have guys that can play him and limit him.”
Leonard and George have a mission to accomplish and if they don't do it this year, perhaps the Klaw will take his talents to a different franchise. They need to do things well if they want to end that Clippers curse and finally make it to the Western Conference Finals and beyond.