Los Angeles Clippers swingman Marcus Morris Sr. insists the team energy is better this season, while guard Paul George added the Clippers' chemistry is amazing. The Clippers, who entered last season as one of the top favorites to win the NBA Championship, suffered a major collapse in the playoffs as they blew a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals.
On Sunday, the Clippers dominated the Indiana Pacers 129-96 to claim the third consecutive win and improve to 10-4 on the season. "I feel like our energy is way better this season," Clippers forward Morris said after scoring 20 points off the bench.
"Think guys are buying in." "We kind of felt let down last year. And the first thing we did before we got together was we let that s--- go. It's a new season; it's a new team."
George insists everything has been great so far this season
George scored 20 points, had seven rebounds and four assists in a dominant win over the Pacers.
"The chemistry is amazing," George said. "It's a real bond. It's fun, with this team, it's locked in, we are together; it is one of the best locker rooms I have been around and been in. "Hopefully, you guys see it, just how well we are meshing.
We are going to continue to build off of that; we like where we are at and like where we are heading, and we want to see this thing play all the way through. George received the most criticism after last year's playoff exit as he absolutely failed to deliver for the Clippers.
Last week, George acknowledged that he returned with vengeance this season as he wants to prove the doubters wrong. "I'm coming back with vengeance," George said of his mindset entering this season. "I didn't like, not so much of the noise and everything around [the way last season ended], but just the fact that people saw weakness.
"And I had to address that. I had to answer that. That fueled me. That put me in a place where I wanted to come back and be myself again." "It's a new year. We moved on. For some reason, a lot of people haven't. But we moved on," George acknowledged after the Pacers win.