Paul George isn't entertaining any rivalry with the Phoenix Suns, as he made it clear he and his teammates are focused on themselves and nobody else. The Clippers beat the Suns, 113-103 on Thursday night, in a game full of controversies.
Patrick Beverley was ejected after a hard foul on Chris Paul and players from both teams were heated after the play. Throughout the entire game, you could see the 10 players on the court trying to get under each other's skins. It was a battle between two of the three best teams in the Western Conference right now but George didn't want to engage in any sort of rivalry with the Suns. He said it was a good challenge for his team and nothing else.
“We focused on us,” Paul George told reporters after the game. “I don’t know what that chirp is about. We focused on us. I don’t care what they’re doing over there. I don’t care who they are or what they’re doing. I’m locked in. They can do the chirping. I let them have it tonight. I just stayed in my zone, stayed in my place, I don’t know. I don’t know. But, again, I don’t care what they’re doing. We’re focused on us over here. We’re focused on getting better. Tonight was a fun matchup, and we appreciate, you know, the challenge.”
This game finished with three technical fouls called, two ejections, and two flagrant fouls, so you know it was a very intense matchup. PG wasn't having any of that and he was focused on the win. The Clippers need to bring something different this season after they mightily failed to reach the WCF last year in a horrendous way.
They can face the Suns in the postseason and that duel would be an entertaining one. Perhaps we're watching the beginning of a rivalry in the league, but George doesn't want to get too involved in that.