Paul George he’s been haunted over the years by a penchant for disappointing performances in the postseason, and he’s been brought to ridicule since he was named “Playoff P” in 2018.
Unsurprisingly, George was mocked by hometown fans during the Clippers ’opening game in the team’s Western Conference semifinal challenge with the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena Tuesday night. Chants of “Playoff P” and “overrated” rained down on the Clippers star throughout the game.
After the 112-109 loss of Clippers in Game 1, George opened up to hearing from Jazz fans. In essence, George welcomes the hostile reception and says he’s part of the playoff basket.
“I like it,” said George. via ESPN. “That part doesn’t reach me.” It’s all respect. I’ve had good games here and I’ve had bad games here. ”
He added: “This is part of this game, to be honest. The crowd has to be involved. You want that. As an opposing player, you want a little bit of that.”
George started off a brutal start in Tuesday’s loss, missing 12 of his first 14 shots and finishing the game 4-of-17 off the field. However, he scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to keep the game near the end.
“The fact is, I didn’t shoot the ball well,” George said. “I think I was undecided on my approach. But I’ll be a little better at taking the shots I want. ”
As you may have noticed, George’s play in the postseason is an obviously frustrating narrative for him. The Clippers star admitted how much the team blew up a 3-1 series in the Denver Nuggets last season in the NBA bubble while revealing that treated with anxiety and depression in the midst of the orthodox situation.
George met after the Clippers clash and said in January he was “Return with vengeance” and using all the chatter about his game in the bubble as motivation as he heads into the playoffs this season.
It remains to be seen how George will respond to his poor shooting night in the Clippers ’Game 1 loss. What is known is that Jazz fans will surely give him the same treatment Thursday night during Game 2. May George be able to using the abuse as motivation will go a long way in determining where the Clippers will sit heading in Game 3 on Saturday back in LA at Staples Center.