Paul George had a dominant performance in an inescapable situation for the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, and after the game he was looking to end all criticism against him.
George was notoriously the butt of jokes about not making the playoffs. His teams on the Indiana Pacers failed to overtake the LeBron James-led Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers when both contenders were in the Eastern Conference, and the Clippers failed to live up to their hype this season. last.
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After scoring 41 points on 15 of 20 shots and taking 13 rebounds as well as six assists in the Clippers’ 116-102 win over the Phoenix Suns, George was asked if he felt more criticized than the other players.
” I do it. And that’s the honest truth. It’s a fact. But I can’t worry about it. It comes with the job, I guess. … I always try to go and dominate. … And so I ‘I’m beyond that, you know what I mean. I am who I am. I wish I could shoot 80%, 75%, every night, but that’s not realistic, ”he said, via ESPN.
“What I can do is do everything else. They can judge me on whatever they want. This part doesn’t matter to me. I’m going to go over there and hoop and give it all I’ve got. “
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DeMarcus Cousins, who has had his fair share of career ups and downs, also defended George after the veteran’s clutch performance.
“I don’t know where these lagging bulls are coming from – where the internet is controlling the accounts of these players. This is getting silly, man. Like I said earlier this year, [George is] one of the most special players to ever lace up his shoes, ”he said.
“Give that guy his flowers, man.” I do not understand the slander. It’s getting pretty silly now. Respect these players, man. Respect those big guys. “
According to ESPN Stats & Info, George became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 20 points in all 18 games of a single playoff series. Others on the list include Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant.
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The Western Conference Finals return to Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Clippers need a win to stay alive once again.