Paul George Questions NBA Referees and Draymond Green After Loss to Stephen Curry and the Warriors

Published 10/22/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
October 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA fans saw a nerve-wracking home game debut for the Golden State Warriors. They faced the LA Clippers in a game that ended 113-115 in favor of the Dubs. Most of the fans would attribute this victory to the stellar performance by Stephen Curry, especially including him turning up in the clutch.

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Stephen Curry had 45 points and 10 rebounds, of which he scored 25 points in the first quarter. However, the key star for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George indicated other factors that contributed to the Clippers’ loss to the Warriors.

This is what he told the media in the post-game press conference about the bias in officiating and how it affected his game. He felt that somehow Draymond Green was doing something he couldn’t. Which was getting to the free-throw line.

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Paul George calls out bad officiating after loss to Stephen Curry and the Warriors

In the absence of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George stepped up as the primary scorer of this team. He had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. However, in the post-game press conference, he felt that after a point, what happened in the game was in a way beyond their control. Paul George had 0 free throws in the game last night. While Draymond Green had 9 of them. This confused George.

October 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (5) during the first half at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

He said, “Draymond got 9 of them, so honestly, I don’t know what he did that I wasn’t doing. I drove the ball more than he did to the paint, I took more contact than him going to the paint. I don’t know how he gets awarded with 9 of them. It’s just crazy..”

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Further dwelling on his performance in the game, he said, “It’s nothing new. I just got to do a better job staying within the game. It is what it is; they gonna do what they gonna do.” 

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The new rule that allows more discretion to the referees in ruling on the usage of “Non-basketball moves” to draw fouls could be the culprit in this case. Is George right to call out the officials for their decisions? Let us know what you think.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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