Many see Joe Ingles as Paul George’s archnemesis in the NBA. But Ingles himself does not see much there anymore.
The Utah Jazz forward Ingles had a funny quote this week about his supposed beef with LA Clippers counterpart George.
“The whole narrative of Paul George vs. Joe Ingles is a little bit old in my mind,” said Ingles, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune. “It’s Jazz vs. Clippers now … I personally don’t read into the 1-on-1 stuff. That was three years ago. My twins could barely speak then, and now they annoy the hell out of me.”
The bad blood between the two dates back to 2018 when George was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ingles and George clashed in their first-round playoff series, which Utah eventually won in six games. George shot just 40.8 percent from the field with Ingles as a primary defender, including a 2-for-16 performance in the final game of the series.
Now the two are meeting in the playoffs for the first time since then with Ingles’ Jazz taking the opening game of the series on Tuesday. George does have some legitimate feuds elsewhere in the NBA. But whatever issues he had with Ingles now sound like a thing of the past.
Did Luka Doncic snub Paul George on their jersey swap on Sunday? Some were left wondering that after their conversation ended oddly.
George’s Los Angeles Clippers beat Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks 126-111 in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series to advance to the conference semifinals. George and Doncic had a nice conversation and embrace after Game 7. Towards the end of their conversation, George took off his jersey as if he were ready to swap with Doncic.
Doncic didn’t complete the swap though.
Assuming George was looking to swap jerseys, it’s possible Doncic reminded the Clippers star of COVID-19 protocols. The NBA hasn’t wanted players swapping jerseys during the pandemic. Kyrie Irving and Bam Adebayo tried to do it back in January and were stopped, but they found a way to make the exchange after leaving the court. Doncic and George did that, too.
The Clippers lost the first two games of the series but rallied to win it. They also became the only team to win at home in the series when they won Game 7.
Doncic scored 46 points in his team’s loss, which is likely why Clippers players showed him so much love on the court afterword.
One current LA Clippers star does not appear to be too fond of a former one.
The Clippers fell to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday by a final score of 109-101. Chris Paul finished with a game-high 28 points and ten assists to lead the way for Phoenix.
After the game, Clippers star Paul George got a question about what made Paul so hard to guard. George blew it off and just replied, “Next question.”
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk noted that Paul and Devin Booker were chirping at George during earlier meetings between the two teams this season.
George and Paul also seemed to snub each other during postgame handshakes on Wednesday.
The two players were never teammates but do have the distinction of both playing for the Clippers as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, their current teams are two of the best in the league this season, so a rivalry of sorts would make sense.
George and Paul are also among the most divisive players in the NBA today. It is definitely nothing new for them to be feuding with other players.
He may be giving off “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” vibes at this point, but Paul George is once again declaring his loyalty.
After the Clippers beat the Houston Rockets on Friday, the star forward said that he would like to retire with the team.
“I’m at a great comfort level,” said George, per SI’s Farbod Esnaashari. “This is home. I hope I can retire here.
“We want to be great,” the 30-year-old added. “We see the goal after every clip we watch. At the end of the scout, there’s a trophy.”
George’s claim may be met with some skepticism. After all, he has made similar assertions of loyalty at previous stops only to leave not long after making them.
But there is reason to believe that George is being genuine this time around. He is a Los Angeles-area native, having grown up in nearby Palmdale, Calif. George also recently signed a four-year extension with the Clippers that will keep him in town through at least 2024.
The 30-year-old is often roasted for frequently switching teams. But he may be getting his chance with the Clippers to finally put that reputation to rest.
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The NBA admitted on Wednesday that their officials made an error with a foul call in the final seconds of Tuesday’s Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers game.
Portland was leading 112-111 with under 10 seconds left, but the Clippers had the ball. Paul George drove to the basket o try and take the lead. CJ McCollum was defending him and got called for a foul that put George at the line. You can see the video of the play.
George went to the line and made both of his free throws to put the Clippers up 113-112, which was the final score. McCollum had a chance to win the game but missed his final shot attempt.
Even though that call went the Clippers’ way, Clippers coach Ty Lue said they had issues with the officiating all night.
The officials might have thought McCollum reached in and swatted at George, which led to the foul call.
Some fans thought the call might have been a makeup for the officials missing this one while George was shooting:
Paul George may be getting a chance to run it back from his Indiana days.
Farbod Esnaashari of Sports Illustrated reported on Friday that the LA Clippers are also exploring trade options for Oklahoma City Thunder guard George Hill. Esnaashari notes that a potential package for Hill would likely have to involve second-round picks from the Clippers as well as expiring contracts such as Reggie Jackson or Patrick Patterson.
The 34-year-old Hill was teammates with George for five seasons on the Pacers from 2011 to 2016. While Hill has barely played for the rebuilding Thunder this season, he brings some vast playoff experience to the table. That includes numerous trips to the conference finals over the years and even a trip to the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018.
The Clippers have already been linked to one big-name guard in trade talks. But Hill serves as a much more realistic option for them. He is an above-average playmaker, plays good defense, and has a reliable three-point shot. That could make Hill a very valuable addition for the Clippers as they pursue an NBA championship.
In an NBA season that has been full of missed games for unusual reasons, Paul George may have earned the distinction of the most bizarre one yet.
The LA Clippers star was a late scratch for Thursday’s game against the Washington Wizards with that the team called “dizziness.” Speaking with reporters on Sunday, George revealed the culprit for his sudden ailment.
“A lesson learned. I had too much caffeine,” said George, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I think it was too much caffeine at that time. It made me real jittery and sped me up. A lesson learned on that situation: never have too much caffeine too close on back-to-back [games].”
While it is unclear if George enjoyed a leisurely macchiato before the game or downed an entire can of Red Bull, his absence was a costly one regardless. The Clippers very narrowly lost to the Wizards by the final of 119-117. That dropped them to fourth in the West, whereas a win would have put them third on the cusp of second heading into the All-Star break.
George’s caffeine-related absence might seem like a first. But he is actually not the first professional athlete to fall victim to its entrancing allure.
Paul George slander is officially back on the menu after a long hiatus.
The LA Clippers star struggled in a loss on Sunday to the Milwaukee Bucks. He shot just 7-for-21 from the field and displayed very poor shot selection in crunch time as the Clippers narrowly fell by a 105-100 final score.
After the game, George received a question about the team’s lack of free throw attempts in the contest.
“That’s more of a league question,” George said, according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “I think we’ve done enough. We put enough pressure. We get contact. 19 to 11 [free throw attempts] today. I think we did enough to get some calls our way.”
George soon saw himself getting roasted on Twitter for the response.
Other users correctly pointed out that the Clippers settle for jumpers at a much higher rate than the league average this season.
It is important to be fair to George here. For one, he has otherwise been playing marvelously this season, posting 23.4 points a game on 51/47/89 shooting splits en route to his seventh career All-Star selection. For another, George was responding to the reporter’s question about the officiating and did not bring up the subject himself.
Still though, the comments came across as a bit of a tone-deaf deflection, which rubbed people the wrong way. George should probably know better at this point given his lengthy history of bad PR from his own doing.
A night after an ugly 28-point loss to Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers turned things around and posted a 119-99 win over the Grizzlies in the second game of a back-to-back. That, apparently, is proof to one player that coach Tyronn Lue has made the team better this year.
Paul George was asked after Friday’s win what was different with Lue at the helm, and the forward immediately praised his coach for the ability to adapt and adjust during games.
It’s interesting that George cites Lue’s adjustments, because it’s something the forward has cited before as his biggest criticism of former coach Doc Rivers. Before the season started, George did not hold back in his assessment of what he saw as a shortcoming from his former coach. George apparently was not alone in feeling that way, either.
In George’s eyes, it sounds like Lue has succeeded where Rivers may have failed. It remains to be seen if that will still be the case come playoff time, which is ultimately where this team will be judged. Things do seem to be going more smoothly this year, at least in the regular season.
Paul George isn’t bothering himself with some petty criticism from Jared Dudley.
Dudley released an e-book this week to tell the story of his experience winning a championship with the Lakers in the Orlando bubble. One passage from the book got particular attention. Dudley claimed that the Lakers were bothered by talk from George last year. The Clippers saying they were the team to beat in LA bothered the Lakers. Some Lakers players felt George hadn’t earned the right to say that sort of thing.
George was asked about the matter following his Los Angeles Clippers’ win at Cleveland on Wednesday night. He took the high road and effectively said he wasn’t dropping down to Dudley’s level.
That’s a good response from Dudley. George is a six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA player. He shouldn’t be concerned with what Dudley says.
PG was weak mentally at times in the Orlando bubble. He acknowledged that in some recent comments, and he’s already being better about not letting things bother him.