Paul George broke out with a big game on Tuesday night to give his Los Angeles Clippers a Game 5 win over the Dallas Mavericks, and that may be the turning point for him.
George led the Clippers with 35 points in a convincing 154-111 win over the Mavericks to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.
After the game, George was interviewed by TNT’s Jared Greenberg and gave some incredibly raw answers.
“The bubble got the best of me,” George admitted. “I was just in a dark place. I really wasn’t here. I checked out. These past couple games, it was just difficult. But, shout out to the people who stood behind me, that was in my corner. The positivity, my family, friends. Everybody. Thank everybody that reached out to me.
“I was just in a bad place. I found my way, I’m back, and I look forward to the rest of this run,” he said.
George then expressed the difficulty of playing in the fan-less bubble atmosphere in Orlando.
“For me, it was just hard to get into that playoff mode with no intensity here, no fans, no atmosphere. I was lost. I thought we created the energy. I came in with that mindset that this is Staples, we at home, the place is packed. I really had to psych myself out to get up. I thought the whole team took it and ran with it, and we decided to dictate this game.”
If George now has his mindset right, this could be huge for the Clippers. George was widely mocked for playing poorly early in the series against Dallas, but now his team has a 3-2 lead and could be on its way to bigger things.
Here is video of the interview:
Paul George offered a blunt assessment of his playoff struggles this year.
George has shot the ball poorly for the Los Angeles Clippers through four games against the Dallas Mavericks. He’s averaged just 11.3 points on 21 percent shooting, including 16 percent on threes, in the Clippers’ past three games.
George recognizes how much his poor play has hindered the team.
“To be honest, in hindsight, if I shoot the ball better, this series would be a lot different,” George said Sunday, via The Athletic’s Jovan Buha.
George gave credit to Luka Doncic for playing well and the Mavs’ for their defense.
“If I make shots this serious could be a little different. That’s the obvious of course and that’s just what it comes down to. But give them credit. They’re defending, they’re shooting the ball. Luka is playing phenomenal,” George said via Andrew Greif.
George shot 3-for-14 including 1-for-7 on threes during Sunday’s 135-133 loss to Dallas. He scored just nine points in 45 minutes.
Instead of going up 3-1 in the first-round playoff series, the Clippers are now tied 2-2 with the Mavericks. The Clippers got 32 points from Kawhi Leonard and 36 points from Lou Williams on Sunday. It was George who failed to deliver, and now he’s concerning himself with his haters.
Paul George raised some eyebrows with a profane social media post that seemed to serve as a message for his haters. After Friday night’s playoff win, he doubled down, albeit a bit more politely.
George said his confrontational Instagram post was simply his way of showing he’s not caught up in what others think.
Fair enough. It was down to George to respond after an underwhelming Game 2 that saw him go just 4/17 from the field. Game 3 was not much better, as George shot just 3/16 (18.8 percent) from the field while contributing only 11 points. However, unlike in Game 2, his Los Angeles Clippers managed to escape with a victory.
George still has plenty of skeptics out there. The Clippers can probably skate by the Mavericks without him at his best, but he’ll have to improve against better opponents. As long as he can do that, he’ll be able to silence his critics on the floor without resorting to social media posts.
Charles Barkley took a funny jab at Paul George on Friday night.
Barkley has been unimpressed by George’s play in the postseason so far and mocked the Los Angeles Clippers forward’s nickname.
When he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018, George was asked about guarding Donovan Mitchell in the playoffs. He shrugged off the assignment as no big deal, saying you haven’t met “Playoff P” yet.
Barkley decided to use that as part of a joke, saying you can’t call yourself “Playoff P” and lose all the time. He even poked fun at himself over his lack of championships, saying they don’t call him “Championship Chuck.”
Nice one for Chuck.
George is off to a sub-par start through three games this postseason. He’s averaging 17.3 points on 29.3 percent shooting. George’s teams have not made it past the first round of the playoffs for three years in a row, though many factors contributed to those outcomes. Still, it gave Barkley a chance to crack a joke, which he’s been doing very well lately.
Paul George appeared to post a message to his haters on Instagram Thursday.
George posted an image of text that said:
“Idgaf what anybody think about me. F— is u thinkin (sic) about me for anyway.”
The text has been edited by Larry Brown Sports for profanity. “Idgaf” is an acronym that stands for “I don’t give a f—.”
George’s Los Angeles Clippers lost 127-114 to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night to even the series at 1-1. George shot just 4/17 (23.5 percent) from the field in the game and was a -13. He also was mocked for shooting an airball in the third quarter. Game 1 was a different story, as George scored 27 points in an 8-point win.
George has been active on Instagram lately. He also got into it with Damian Lillard after a Clippers-Blazers game two weeks ago.
The Los Angeles Clippers won their first playoff game of 2020 on Monday, but it didn’t come completely cleanly.
The Clippers got out to an early 10-0 lead but ended up trailing by the end of the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in their first-round playoff game. The Clippers wound up securing a 118-110 to go up 1-0 in the series.
Paul George had 27 points in the contest and acknowledged after the game that the team was out of sync at times.
“Yeah, we had moments. We had moments and I think it showed. But that’s the thing — we know where we want to get to. We know this is a process. We didn’t expect to come out here and go 16-0 — that’s the goal — but we’re smarter than that, we understand what’s at stake,” George told Lisa Salters.
That’s the thing — it doesn’t matter if they have some down moments so long as they win each series. That’s what Kawhi Leonard learned last year with the Toronto Raptors when the eventual champions fell behind in the playoffs against both the Sixers and Bucks before coming back to win their series.
As for the Clippers, this was their first time in Orlando playing with a full group after guys like Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams missed time. The Clippers are among the favorites to win the championship.
Damian Lillard and Paul George traded some shots on social media over the weekend, as did some of their family members, but they appear to have resolved things.
Reporter Chris B. Haynes said during TNT’s broadcast of the Mavericks-Trail Blazers game on Tuesday that George and Lillard have since talked to clear the air.
“Sources informed me that George recently reached out to Lillard to clear the air, explaining that he had no beef, and clarifying that it was just competitive banter on his part,” Haynes said. “Sources say Lillard apologizes for remarks made by one of his family members and stated why he said what he said after the loss to the Clippers. Both stars relayed there were no hard feelings and agreed to turn the page.”
Clippers guard Patrick Beverley taunted Lillard for missing some free throws in the final minute of Portland’s loss to the Clippers. Beverley, George and Lillard all traded shots on Instagram afterwards. But things took an ugly turn when Lillard’s sister and George’s girlfriend got involved.
According to Haynes, the two star players have since worked things out. Lillard has kept his head straight and even came out with a 50-point game in his next contest. Now, the Clippers apparently view Portland as a dangerous team.
Not only did Paul George and Damian Lillard trade some shots on Instagram Saturday, but now others from their respective sides are getting involved as well.
On Saturday, George’s Clippers beat Lillard’s Trail Blazers 122-117 in part due to Lillard missing key free throws at the end of the game. Patrick Beverley, who was not playing in the game, trolled Lillard over the missed free throws. Lillard responded after the game, saying the Clippers enjoyed his misses because they’re used to him getting the best of them. Then things got even more testy when all three players traded Instagram comments.
The story doesn’t end there.
Lillard’s sister La’nae gave some commentary on her Instagram story Saturday, calling Beverley some bad words. Then, she later took shots at George’s girlfriend, Daniela Rajic.
“Everyone know how my mouth can get … you can’t talk. You got a h-e stripper pregnant, then you wiped the (expletive). Then, look at her lips, look at her face … I’m getting personal with it. I don’t care,” La’nae said.
Rajic responded on her Instagram story, calling La’nae a “hating a– w–re.” She also called La’nae a “cow”.
Yeah, so things really just hit a whole new level of intense.
The family members may not be a part of the NBA Bubble in Orlando, but they are definitely getting involved in things. The only thing that would help settle matters would be if the teams faced each other again.
Paul George and Damian Lillard traded shots on Instagram after Saturday’s game between their teams, and Patrick Beverley even got involved.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122-117 in a critical game for playoff seeding. Lillard missed two free throws and a three-pointer at the end of the game, and he was mocked by Patrick Beverley, who was on the Clippers’ bench and did not play.
Lillard said after the game that the Clippers players trolled him because they know he’s eliminated them in the past (when George was with the Thunder last year and in 2014 when Beverley was with Houston). The Portland guard said he considered the trolling a sign of respect regarding the high expectations they have for him.
Well, Bleacher Report shared Lillard’s quote on Instagram after the game, which led to an exchange in the comments section of the story.
“And you getting sent home this year respect,” George said to Lillard in a comment.
Beverley joked “Cancun on 3,” which is a way of mocking a team that doesn’t make the playoffs and instead goes to Mexico to hang out after their season ends.
Lillard responded to George on Instagram, jabbing him for switching teams and “running from the grind.”
Lillard has famously stuck with Portland rather than join a superteam like George did by leaving Indiana and later Oklahoma City, so he won’t hear the criticism from them.
The beef has livened things up. Maybe Lillard can end up giving the Clippers his patented move one day.
Paul George was upset over a lack of a foul call at the end of his Los Angeles Clippers’ 103-101 loss to the Lakers on Thursday night.
George scored 30 points and was 6 of 11 on threes in the game, but he couldn’t come through at the very end.
The Clippers star connected from deep to tie the game at 101 with just under 30 seconds left. LeBron James followed with a bucket to put the Lakers up by two — a basket that would go down as the game-winner.
But the Clippers had the final shot, and after Kawhi Leonard was stifled by James, he passed to George. George then attempted a leaning 3-pointer that hit off the iron and missed.
Knowing the game was over, a desperate George tried to plead for a foul call.
No call went George’s way — rightfully so — which sealed the win for the Lakers. It was the second two-point game of the night in the NBA’s return.
Anthony Davis had 34 points to lead the game, while Kyle Kuzma made four 3-pointers to help his squad get the big win.