PHOENIX – After a playoff career high of 41 points in seven different Phoenix suns To help defenders LA Clippers Fend off excretion, Paul George took a well-deserved spot with 1:14 remaining in Game 5 on Monday night when he was greeted by a number of Clippers coaches, all of whom in turn congratulated him.
After all, Tyronn Lue was the last to clap the All-Star’s hand before saying a few words the Clippers head coach says he can’t share.
“Lots of MFs,” George said of what Lue had told him. “And beep this and beep that.”
After George missed two crucial late free throws in the Game 2 loss, George returned and silenced the Phoenix Suns Arena with its best playoff performance. George made 15 of 20 shots and scored 41 points with 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals to knock the Clippers for Game 6 with a. to send back to Los Angeles 116-102 victory Monday night
The Clippers, the only team to have overcome a 2-0 deficit twice in the same postseason, are now 3-2 behind in the final of the Western Conference. You can force game 7 with a win on Wednesday at the Staples Center.
They probably wouldn’t play anymore if it wasn’t for George. Lue said he doesn’t understand why his Star Guard’s fights “get so magnified when he doesn’t play well” – like after Game 2, when George missed two free throws with the Clippers one point late before the Suns won another one last second Deandre Ayton Alley oop.
George was asked after Monday’s game if he felt he was being selected more than other NBA stars when things were going bad.
“I do,” answered George. “And it’s the honest truth. It’s a fact. But I can’t worry about that. It comes with the job I think you know what I mean. I am who I am. I wish I could spin 80%, 75% every night, but that’s not realistic. “
“What I can do is do everything else,” he added. “You can judge me by what you want. I don’t care about that part. I’ll go out there and give it all I have.”
Even without injuries Kawhi Leonard (right knee sprained), the Clippers learned that the middle of the start Ivica Zubac (right sprained MCL) would come out on Monday too. Lue said the Clippers felt confident about their morning shootaround, but players were saddened to hear the news of Zubac, who had played his best basketball, scoring a double-double in three straight games before moving off in the second half Game 4 injured the knee.
Marcus morris sr., starting in the middle, had his best game of the series, hitting his first six shots and scoring 13 of his 22 points in the first quarter. The Clippers took the lead 20: 5 in the first few minutes. That allowed George to empathize with the game, Lue said.
In the third quarter, Chris Paul hit a 16-footer that gave the Suns a 62-61 lead, with 8:27 remaining within the range. But George then scored 18 of his 20 points in the third quarter. He made 7 of 8 shots and buried three 3s in the quarter to send the Clippers into the fourth at 13.
“I don’t know where these trolling cops come from, where the internet controls the stories about these players,” said DeMarcus cousinswho got 15 points off the bench in 11 minutes. “It’s going to be foolish man. As I said earlier in the year, [George is] one of the most extraordinary players to ever lace his shoes.
“Give this guy his flowers, man. I don’t understand the slander. It’s getting pretty silly now. Respect these players, man.
In the fourth quarter, the Suns made another run and reduced the deficit to 98-94 with 6:58 remaining. But how he did all the postseason Reggie Jackson (23 points) met in time and hit the clutch for the Clippers. Jackson drilled two 3-pointers and dunked a quick break launched by a George Steal. George scored six more points when the Clippers used a 14-2 run to steal Game 5 on the road.
After that, the Clippers raved about George’s performance when he shot 10 of 14 in contested shots. According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, he did a lot of his damage on pull-ups, doing 7-10 on those shots. And he scored on seven different Suns primary defenders.
“If you wanted to finish this series, you had to work for it,” said George. “That was just the mentality we came here with. We didn’t want to give in. We didn’t want to just throw in the towel. The fact is, they have to hit us.”