‘They Can Do The Chirping’ – Clippers’ Paul George Unfazed By Phoenix Suns Verbal Altercation

Published 04/09/2021, 8:23 AM EDT
Jan 6, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) holds onto the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Paul George is having a great season with the LA Clippers. The multiple-time All-Star is showing massive improvement over his previous season and looking like his old self. Currently, George is one of the main factors for the Clippers’ recent success. And going forward, he will be important in their potential championship run. However, George isn’t fazed by the trash-talking of his opponents.

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George unbothered by Phoenix Suns trash-talking

LA Clippers guard Paul George addressed the media after their win over the Phoenix Suns. George noted that he is unconcerned by the trash-talking that the Suns direct toward him. He is concerned only with the result on the basketball court and doesn’t care about any other team but his own. George said that they can do the trash-talking, but he will focus on his game.

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PG said, “I don’t know what that chirp is about. We focused on us…I don’t care who they are, what they’re doing. I’m locked in. They can do the chirping, I let them have it tonight. I just stayed in my zone…in my place. I don’t care what they’re doing.”

 

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George’s comments reflect the animosity between the Clippers and the Suns. Earlier in the season, Paul George had a verbal altercation with Suns’ star Devin Booker. Booker and George traded some unsavory comments, and the animosity is far from gone. However, George now only concerns himself with his play on the court and is blocking out the rest of the noise.

Paul George playing like MV-PG again

For the season, George has been putting up excellent numbers. He is currently averaging 22.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in the season. Furthermore, George is averaging his best shooting percentage from the field, the three-point line, and the free-throw line with 47.7%, 44.1%, and 89% respectively.

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George has stepped up his game by playing consistently good basketball on a regular basis. And unlike last year, George is yet to miss a single game this season due to injury, or any other reason.

Mar 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) shoots the ball during the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Paul George lead the Clippers to a championship? George will be looking to exorcise his demons from last year, and his play this year shows he can do that. However, good play in the regular season and the playoffs are two different concepts, and George will have to work hard to ensure he finds his form during the post-season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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