The LA Clippers saw their winning start to the season end in an embarrassing fashion against the Dallas Mavericks. They fell to a 51-point defeat, the biggest loss in franchise history. The team was without Kawhi Leonard for the fixture and Paul George is ready to take all the blame for the loss.
The Clippers lacked ownership right from the start. They never got into the game from the tip-off and it ended up hurting them badly. Several players including their starters failed to fire, which in turn handed them a tough home defeat.
It just can’t be said that it wasn’t the Clippers’ day. They started with a big lineup but failed to create an impact on the board. Moreover, Paul George suffered a rocky start and the former Indiana Pacers star failed to bring out his magical shooting touch when it was required.
George finished with 15 points to his name and this was the best performance by a Clipper in the game. Such was the level of their shabby performance, and PG13 is ready to take the blame for the team’s loss.
“I take full responsibility,” George said after the loss. “It was a tough game. You know I enjoyed my Christmas Day, I enjoy my Christmas Day yesterday and today just popped up on the road too fast,” he added.
George was also quoted saying: “It’s not that big of a deal. We got our butts whipped today, but it’s one day. We wasn’t ready today, We wasn’t prepared.” But reflecting on the loss, he also said, “I’ll take full ownership for that.”
Furthermore, the 30-year-old wants to skip past the bump in the road and move on to what’s ahead for them this season. He ensured that his “group will be ready” for the upcoming games and one should only hope for them to put this performance in the past.
Everything was wrong about the LA Clippers when they faced the Mavs, and head coach Tyronn Lue couldn’t help but watch his team lose from the sidelines. The timeouts or the half-time break didn’t help as the Mavs showed no mercy.
Ty Lue was asked to comment on his team’s loss after the game and this is what he said, per Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: “Tonight our guys didn’t have a lot of pop.” Lue also added to his statements when asked if an empty arena played any part in the defeat: “We have no excuses. We have to play this way.”
Paul George was asked to comment on the same and even he responded with a similar intent. Players aren’t willing to use empty arenas as an excuse for their defeats and that’s how it should be taken too.
The Clippers were failing to shoot the ball with effect and they made just four three-pointers in the game compared to the Mavs’ 14 total 3s. Can the LA Clippers bounce back from this loss in the next game?
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