Paul George issued a challenge to Steph Curry towards the end of Thursday night’s game, and it backfired.
George’s Los Angeles Clippers were leading Curry’s Golden State Warriors late in the fourth quarter of the game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif. TV cameras caught George issuing a challenge to Curry to “make it interesting” by each taking a shot from the logo.
Curry took his shot and made it to give the Warriors the lead 108-107.
George missed a 23-foot shot but made a 27-foot three-pointer a minute later. His second shot only brought his Clippers within one. They lost the game 115-113.
Maybe challenging the best shooter ever to a shooting contest late in the game is not the best idea. But George doesn’t always say and do the smartest things, does he?
Paul George enters the new NBA season with something to prove … to absolutely nobody.
The LA Clippers star spoke with reporters this week and delivered a vulgar message to all of his haters.
“It’s just an approach where I don’t give a F,” said George, per Andrew Greif of the LA Times. “I don’t give a s—. That’s just how I attack the court now. Like I said, I don’t need validation. I’m my worst critic, and that’s the only thing that matters — the only thing that matters to me.
“I’ve done a good job of that in my career up to that point of not allowing outside noise to affect me. so that’s really where the page turned,” George went on. “The corner turned for me was, I don’t care what anyone else has to say. Like, 90 percent of the people who are critiquing me can’t do what I do. It’s just funny that someone can call someone else out of what they do, what their profession is, and people buy into that.”
The seven-time All-Star George has been the target of much public criticism in recent years, especially overused jokes about his supposed shortcomings in the playoffs. But the man that they clown as “Playoff P” or “Pandemic P” shut up the trolls last postseason with his gutsy performance during star teammate Kawhi Leonard’s injury absence. George put the Clippers on his back, logging huge minutes and taking on a massive scoring load to lead the team to their first conference finals berth in franchise history.
The Clippers may be counting on George for a repeat performance now that Leonard is expected out for most if not all of the new season as well. But when it comes to his haters, which include some famous ones too, George thinks that they can all buzz off.
Photo: Feb 26, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Clippers officially broke ground on their new arena on Friday, and the team’s biggest stars were on hand to take part in the festivities. Some of them didn’t seem particularly thrilled about it, which was a great source of entertainment for LeBron James and others.
The Clippers held a live performance for personnel and fans at the site of the Intuit Dome in Inglewood, Calif. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were among those who had a front-row seat to the show, and a video went viral that showed them looking bored to death. LeBron had a great reaction on Twitter.
That’s exactly how most people who saw the video felt.
Leonard is known for rarely ever showing enthusiasm, and it has actually become a big part of his brand. The Clippers won’t move into their new arena until 2024-25 season, so perhaps that’s why Leonard wasn’t overly excited. More likely, though, is that it was simply Kawhi being Kawhi.
The Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Phoenix Suns in six games in the Western Conference Finals, and Paul George thinks the outcome would have been different if not for one key factor.
George said after Wednesday’s loss that he believes the Clippers would have won the series had Kawhi Leonard been healthy. Leonard missed the entire series with a knee injury he suffered in the second round against Utah.
“We’d be going on,” George said when asked how the series would have gone with Leonard involved, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “This series would be a lot different. Talk about one of the best players in the league being out, yet we were inches away from getting to the next round.
“So, definitely it’s a ‘what if’ on this. Fact of the matter is we didn’t do enough to win, and that’s the reason we’re going home.”
On one hand, George has a point. It’s hard to play such a big series against a team like that without a player of Leonard’s caliber. On the other hand, the Suns were without arguably their best player in Chris Paul for the first two games of the series, and Phoenix won both of those games anyway. Perhaps the series goes differently if George and the Clippers had seen out Game 2.
Leonard is eligible to become a free agent this summer. While the consensus is that he’s most likely to remain with the Clippers, some teams appear likely to try to tempt him away.
Charles Barkley on Tuesday blasted Paul George and his defenders for whining about how much criticism he receives.
DeMarcus Cousins was among those who gave an impassioned defense of George following PG’s big 41-point game to help his Clippers avoid elimination against the Suns in Game 5 on Monday. He said he didn’t understand where the narrative about George being a choker came from. Cousins questioned anyone who thinks George is a choker.
George also said it was a “fact” that he is unfairly targeted.
During “Inside the NBA” on Tuesday, Barkley blasted all that talk. He said the scrutiny George faces is no different than what any other excellent/franchise player faces.
Barkley is right. George wants to be considered a top player in the league and a franchise centerpiece. Part of the responsibilities of such a player is to carry his team in the postseason, which George consistently has failed to do. He also brought even more attention to himself by dubbing himself “Playoff P” and then failing to live up to the moniker.
The scrutiny George has received has been commensurate to his status as one of the top players in the league. Any extra criticism has been the result of George’s own doing.
DeMarcus Cousins gave an impassioned defense of his teammate, Paul George, after PG13 had a big game on Monday night.
George had a huge game for the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. He went 15/20 shooting with 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in his team’s 116-102 win over the Phoenix Suns. George also was perfect at the free throw line, going 8-for-8.
George played such a great game that he was able to carry his team to victory and avoid elimination. After the game, Cousins, who scored 15 points in 11 minutes, talked up his teammate. He specifically struck back at the line of thinking that George is not a big-game player.
The narrative came in large part because of what George has done. The guy called himself “Playoff P” and then performed poorly in the playoffs. You can’t give yourself such a nickname and then not live up to it.
So, yes, George did it to himself. But if he keeps playing this well, he will change the narrative. He just has to keep delivering consistently, which isn’t easy. His Clippers are still down 3-2 in the series.
Paul George was not having it with a reporter who tried to “Jingle” him.
The LA Clippers forward dropped a playoff-high 31 points on six threes in a crucial win over the Utah Jazz in Saturday’s Game 3. After the game, George received a question about his relationship with Jazz forward Joe Ingles.
“I don’t care about him,” George replied bluntly, per Farbod Esnaashari of Sports Illustrated. “Next question.”
George vs. Ingles is a storyline that many have been watching during the second-round playoff series. The two have a history of beef dating back to 2018 when George was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But Ingles recently sounded uninterested in rekindling the feud. The same seems doubly true for George, whose Clippers are focused on trying to climb out of a second consecutive 0-2 hole this postseason.
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.