Paul George thought he was “terrible” in his season debut Thursday night, as he scored 33 points in 24 minutes of burn for the LA Clippers.
Foul trouble limited PG’s effectiveness, and New Orleans held off the visiting Clips 132-127.
Jrue Holiday led the way for the Pelicans with a game-high 36 points.
Per The AP:
“I thought I was terrible,” said George.
“That’s the best my shoulders have felt in a really long time, so I knew coming into tonight shooting wouldn’t be a problem,” George added. “Just playing basketball is what I’m lacking right now.”
George was playing for the first time since signing as a free agent with the Clippers because he’d been recovering from procedures in May on his right shoulder and June on his left.
“A lot of breakdowns happened because of my lack of being out there with those guys,” George said. “I’m here to win games and I didn’t get a win. … We had a chance to win tonight and a couple bad possessions in a row that we have down the stretch and we lose. That’s what I gauge good games and bad games on.”