Paul George of Clippers admits he “was in a dark place” after filming fights earlier in the series against Mavericks

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Paul George entered Tuesday’s game five between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks after one of the worst periods in playoff history for any player. He shot 10 of 47 from the field in those games, two of which were lost to the Clippers, and everyone from social media fans to Charles Barkley on TNT roasted him for it. George, who once gave himself the nickname “Playoff P,” was struggling with the worst playoff series of his career. Considering his playoff past, that says a lot.

But he finally managed to emerge from the crisis on Tuesday with one of his best playoff games in history. George scored 35 points on 12 of 18 shots in a 154-111 Mavericks blowout. Afterward, he spoke about his struggles and how they impacted his mental health during the series.

“The bubble got the best of me,” said George. “I was just in a dark place. I really wasn’t there, I checked. These last two games, it was just difficult. But yell at the people standing behind me, in my corner. The positivity of my teammates, my family, my friends, everyone. Thanks to everyone who contacted me. I was just in a bad spot. But I have found my way. I’m back and looking forward to the rest of this race. ”

“I underestimated mental health,” he told reporters after the match. “Anxiety, a little depression. Games 2, 3, 4 I felt like I wasn’t there. ”

The bubble presents a very unique set of circumstances that a number of players have struggled with. Normally, a player returns home to his family after a bad game. This playoffs? They are forced to simmer in an empty hotel room with strict social distancing guidelines. Doc Rivers has revealed that a number of the Clippers have spoken to George in an attempt to get him back, and it appears their efforts have been successful.

Now the Clippers are one game away from advancing to the second round, and while they were able to keep pace with the Mavericks despite their struggles, which teams they’ll meet later in the playoffs are another story. The Clippers paid a King’s ransom for George while waiting for the kind of player we saw on Tuesday. If he continues like this, the Clippers will be extremely difficult to beat in the playoffs.

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