That’s the opinion of WNBA legend Chiney Ogwumike, who points to George’s recent three-point percentage shooting.
The Thunder head back to Oklahoma City in need of a win in their series against Portland this evening.
They have been below par so far over the first two games, and rank dead last among teams in the playoffs for three-point percentage.
Only James Harden averages more three-point attempts than George in the playoffs so far, with the Rockets star putting up 11.5 per game as opposed to the OKC star who averages 11.
But George isn’t the only Thunder player struggling from the perimeter.
Russell Westbrook holds a 10 per cent average through two games from three while Jerami Grant and Dennis Schroder are both yet to make a single attempt.
In the NBA today, three-point shooting is what gets a team’s game flowing and that is certainly evident with Portland.
They rank second in the playoffs for three-point percentage, with both CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard in brilliant form.
Still, the series is far from over and Oklahoma City will fancy their chances at home over the next two games.
But Ogwumike believes the spark needs to come from George.
“I think the key piece is Paul George because he is their best perimeter scorer and that unlocks their offence,” she said on ESPN.
“If you think about Paul George from three, he shoots 10 threes per game, double anyone else on the roster.
“He will need to take them and make them for them to be able to attack the paint.
“Here’s the good news for OKC fans; he had a better Game 2 with 27 points and he shoots the ball better at home from three than he does when he’s away.
“42 per cent from three at home versus 35 per cent from three when he’s on the road.
“So if Paul George is knocking down perimeter shots, playing at an All-Star/MVP level, they have a chance to win.”