Salt Lake City – LA Clippers forward Paul George With 10 minutes, 11 seconds left in Second Round Game 1 on Tuesday night, Utah Jazz fans chanted “Playoff B!”
With 1:37 remaining, an “exaggerated” mantra echoed throughout the Wind Arena, which was packed with 18,007 fans in Utah’s 112-109 victory, is the disgust of choice and the noise of the night. Jazz fans have gone over George when he faced Thunder Jazz in the 2018 playoffs for Oklahoma City.
George said he welcomes slanders.
“I like it,” George said. “I didn’t get that part. It’s all respect. I had good games here, I had bad games here.”
He added: “This is part of the game, to be honest. The crowd is going to get involved, you like it, as an opponent, you like it.”
The All-Star Guard missed 12 of his first 14 shots to the delight of jazz fans, but the Clippers helped with the extra time.
Despite shooting 4-for-17 overall, George went on to score 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter with 10 rebounds per game. George scored seven points in the last three minutes, with 3-pointers remaining 38.4 seconds, which helped reduce the Jazz lead to nine with three points. But still Marcus Morris S.R.. Could not get over 3 Rudy Cobert Eventually send it overtime.
Later, George said he knew what he had done wrong and what to do in Game 2.
“The truth of the matter is, I didn’t shoot the ball well,” George said. “I thought I was unquestionable in my approach, but I would be a little better at taking shots that I like.”
George said Jazz wanted the clippers to take midrange shots with Coppers paint, but he said he could “do a better job of setting them up”.
George said of Cobert, who had 10 points, 12 rebounds and two volumes: “It’s great to be stuffed with big Fella paint and sitting on the edge.” A lot more plays I try to get into the basket waiting for me. So he has to be decisive in setting up, and I get the shots I want when he’s in those contracts. “
George was aggressive and went to the line 10 times. He heard it from jazz fans. But he plans to continue playing physically.
“It’s playoff basketball,” George said when asked about fitting into Utah’s physical sport. “The body must be allowed on both ends. I leave it at that.”