‘Respect These Greats’: Clippers’ DeMarcus Cousins Defends Teammate Paul George From Online Trolls

Published 06/30/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Jun 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) tries to score past Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) in the third quarter during game three of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Paul George delivered his best playoff performance in Game 5 against Phoenix. George went off for 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists in the elimination game. Moreover, he shot 75% from the field, and 50% from beyond the arc. Young Trece was the x-factor in their 116-102 game 5 win.

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Previously, George received a lot of criticism because of his poor performance in last season’s playoffs. However, George has certainly made up for it as he has led the Clippers in the absence of Kawhi Leonard. He is playing elite two-way basketball and proving his doubters wrong.

Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (right) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins defends Paul George

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Clippers teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, spoke on the unnecessary hate that George has been receiving. He said, “I don’t know where this trolling bulls—t has come from. The internet controls the narrative about these players. It’s become foolish man… That’s one of the most special players to ever lace his shoes up. Give this dude his flowers, man. I don’t understand the slander. It’s becoming quite silly now. Respect these players, respect these greats.

Cousins clearly showed his frustration for the online slander that PG13 has been receiving. And Cousins definitely has good reasons to say what he did. While Paul George did have a bad run last season, it is wrong to judge his worth based on simply those performances.

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Paul George has been a top player since his days in Indiana and has proved time and again that he one of the best two-way players in the league. In addition, these playoffs have shown just how valuable George is to the Clippers. PG13 leads the NBA this season in playoff points scored and minutes played. He has elevated his game since losing ‘The Klaw’ and keeps getting better.

Clippers looking strong

Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals will be played tonight. The LA Clippers will look to even the series and force a game 7. Paul George is the man of the hour for the Clippers, averaging 32 points and 2 steals against Phoenix. He is also shooting 56% from the field and 60% from deep.

Jun 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (12) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) during the second half in game three of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The rest of the Clippers have also stepped up. Marcus Morris was 6\6 from the field in the first quarter of Game 5. Reggie Jackson scored 23 points, which was his third straight 20 point game for the Clippers. Off the bench big man, DeMarcus Cousins, had a great game for the Clippers, and will be looking to continue his momentum.

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Although Ivan Zubac is listed as questionable for Game 6, the Clippers small lineup showed just how efficient they can play. Game 6 will be a thrilling contest, with both teams desperate to get the win. Who do guys think will win this battle?

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