‘Wanted to Keep Going’: Clippers’ Paul George Frustrated with Coach’s Decision After Nets Defeat

February 22, 2021 8:34 pm

The LA Clippers suffered their second regular-season loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The first one came in Brooklyn, but the recent defeat was on home turf. There are several factors that contributed to the Clippers’ loss, and the absence of Paul George during crunch time is one of them. 

George scored a team-high 34 points in 33 minutes against the Nets and delivered seven assists as well. However, head coach Tyronn Lue did not use the star versatile swingman in the final 2:50 of the fourth quarter. 

When asked if he was frustrated about the coach’s decision to keep him out when the team was trailing, George said: “Man, I think you know the answer to that. I was ready to go. I wanted to keep going.”

Dec 27, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) sat on the bench for the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Why was Paul George under a minutes restriction in the first place?

There is obviously a reason behind coach Lue keeping Paul George under restricted minutes. The 30-year-old had just returned to action in the Clippers’ previous game against the Utah Jazz after a 16-day absence caused by a toe injury. 

George’s toe was diagnosed to have a bone edema, but the six-time All-Star is certain that he won’t worsen the injury by recording more minutes.

“I’m clear, I’m good to go, as of now,” George asserted

A lot of Clipper fans are not happy with coach Lue’s decision to make Paul George sit out the dying minutes of the game, especially when the scores were incredibly close. However, the 43-year-old couldn’t risk it after starting the fourth quarter with George on the floor. 

Feb 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (8) as he goes up for a basket in the fourth quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

“I thought the game kind of got out of hand and we had to bring him back to get the game close,” Lue mentioned. “And he played well and played good to get us back in it, and then it’s a tough decision.

Kawhi Leonard did all he could do to challenge the Nets, but a controversial call towards the end cost the Clippers two valuable points. Leonard wasn’t happy, but it couldn’t be reversed. The LA Clippers eventually lost the game 108-112 which brought up their 10th loss of the season.

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Arjun Athreya

Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at EssentiallySports and has been contributing to the website since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from the Madras Christian College. Outside of writing, Arjun has also conducted interviews with significant personalities in the sporting world such as notable NBA Insider Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, and Jerry Castello, the CEO of USA Natural Patches, and the founder the basketball tournament ‘The 5.’ Arjun manages the Golf division of the site. In addition, he covers news pertaining to the NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Tennis divisions too.

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