LA Clippers guard Paul George said he had a conversation with a referee when things escalated Phoenix Suns Guards Chris Paul and Devin BookerThis led to technical fouls against George and Booker in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
After 39 points and seven 3-pointers, the clippers lead to one 112-107 victory In Phoenix, George suggested that he heard “a lot of chirping” related to his struggles in the bladder during the last postseason in Orlando, Florida.
“You have to ask her,” said George when asked what happened to Paul and Booker. “I talked to the referee, CP jumped in and it escalated from there. Like I said, I never spoke words, there was never an argument, there was always peace when I was on the ground, but for whatever always reason there is a lot of chirping and people who only live in the past.
“Last year was last year. I’m in a new situation; I’m in a different mindset. With all that hateful stuff, you have to ask them. I don’t know where that comes from.”
After he and Booker were hit with double technical fouls 7 minutes and 20 seconds before the start of the game, George scored five points and then found an open game Nicolas Batum for a 3-pointer that sealed the Clippers victory with an 11.9 second lead. Shortly before the technical fouls on George and Booker, the Suns had cut a 60-29 deficit to 96-94, and 9:10 remained in the game.
“I had a rough year last year,” said George in his court interview with the Clippers broadcast. “People think it’s cute, man, people think it’s cute because I was down. I haven’t heard about it, my last 10 years in the league, but last year people made a living from it. And I have to answer that . And I’m ready to compete. I’m back. “
When asked what George had said to Booker that led to the technical fouls, the Suns security guard said he did not remember.
“It’s nothing, honestly,” Booker said after the Suns’ winning streak ended in four games. “There is nothing.”
Paul George drops 39 points on the Suns to lead the Clippers to a 112-107 win.
George got off to a strong start to the season and is only the third player in NBA history to score at least 30 3-point points in his team’s first seven games this season. This came after a candid George revealed during a shooting slump in the bladder that he was depressed on the NBA campus in Orlando and outside of loved ones. The Clippers would later have a 3-1 lead and double-digit lead in three consecutive losses against the Denver nuggets in the second round of the playoffs.
George and Kawhi Leonard fought Denver in Game 7, with George shooting 4:16 and scoring 10 points while Leonard finished 6:22 with 14 points.
Before the playoffs in early August Patrick Beverley and George attended a trash talk session with Portland Damian Lillard on social media after Beverley taunted Lillard by pointing to his wrist and waving him goodbye after the Blazer All-Star late free throws missed when they lost to the Clippers in the bladder.
Lillard later reminded reporters of what he had done to George and Beverley in previous encounters and how he had sent George and that Oklahoma City Thunder Home to the previous postseason which sparked more commentary on social media. That was more than a month before the Clippers collapsed against Denver.
George said he found motivation in the off-season for criticizing his game in the bubble.
“Absolutely,” said George. “And that’s why I was focused on this year. I heard all that noise and I use all of that noise for motivation.”
While Leonard battled the Suns through a 4v21 night, George hit 6 of his first 9 3-point attempts and had 32 points in the fourth quarter. Booker scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth to help Phoenix close the 31-point deficit.
But George said he was surprised to hear conversations against him.
“I don’t talk, I play my game,” said George. “Whatever the reason, it’s guys who talk. I’ve never heard people talk before [before]and it’s never been addressed to me but for some reason it’s a lot of mouth. And it’s fine. I have to act out.
“I’ll go through the fire. It’s okay. As long as we’re ahead, we’ll win and I’ll help my team win. That’s all that matters. Save the rest, they can do what they want.” I’m locked up and it’s more about being in peace and quiet. “