Paul George isn’t living the best moments right now. The Los Angeles Clippers player didn’t start the postseason the best way and the last two games have led fans to criticize Paul George and his losing record in the playoffs. Right now the Clippers lead 2-1 against the Dallas Mavericks, but that hasn’t prevented people from criticizing George and his bad games. The swingman doesn’t seem to be bothered by that, as he demonstrated on Instagram recently.
Moreover, PG doubled down on his comments after the Clips 130-122 victory over the Mavs. He finished the game with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, something odd for George. Nevertheless, he claimed he can help his team in other areas when his offense isn’t going well. PG compared himself to James Harden, explaining that his game is much more than just scoring 25 points per night.
“I’m no James Harden,” George said. “That’s not my knack … to just shoot the ball, score the ball. I can and I pride myself on being effective on both ends. But there’s going to be nights like this where I just can’t make a shot, and I can’t allow that to affect my game.”
“Shot-making … scoring the ball is not what I [only] do,” he added. “I try to do everything, I try to play the game the right way and just get lost in the game and try to pass the ball and make plays defensively, rebound. Just a little bit of everything. I am going through a tough time, but good thing about it, we are up 2-1 in this series and I haven’t shot the ball well.”
Paul George – “Like I said, I’m no James Harden, that’s not my knack, to just shoot the ball and score the ball. I can, and I pride myself on being effective on both ends, but it’s gonna be nights like this where I can’t make shots and I can’t allow that to affect my game.” pic.twitter.com/AzRo673w7k
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) August 22, 2020
Over the last two games, he has shot 7-for-33, including just 3-for-18 from deep. Obviously, he hasn’t been the same this postseason and people are letting him know. PG, though, doesn’t seem very concerned about it.
“I think people get so caught up what other people [think],” George said. “I’m Paul George. I don’t care to be anybody else.”
“I am who I am,” George added. “You [can] love it or you don’t. Simple as that.”
George is right that he can affect the game doing more things other than scoring, but the Clippers do need his help on the offensive end of the court. Kawhi Leonard is doing great carrying the offense but PG will have to step up at some point. The Mavericks have put pressure on their shoulders in each of the three games they’ve played so far. George needs to level up or his team will have a lot of troubles facing more dangerous rivals.