John Wall and Kawhi Leonard did not play, and the Clippers did not begin load balancing for their players until Game 2 of the season.
Paul George responded to Doc Rivers’ advice that it was time for him to step up.
George scored 40 points in a row to help the Clippers defeat the tenacious Kings 111-109.
After receiving a technical in the second quarter, George claimed that it “cranked up” his aggression as he vented his resentment on Sacramento. Tyronn Lue, the coach, stated following the game that the Clippers needed more performances from George since Leonard and Wall will be taking a lot of nights off in the early going.
The Clippers are 2-0, and while neither victory was overwhelming, it displayed their depth as the group strives to forge a cohesive one. The Kings lost both games valiantly, dropping to 0-2.