Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George has spoken out ahead of his team’s upcoming game against the Golden State Warriors, insisting that the Clippers will be a different team than the one that lost to the Warriors earlier this month.
In a recent media briefing before Tuesday’s practice, George spoke about the Clippers’ poor showing against Golden State, pointing to bad execution, bad shot selection, and turnovers as reasons for the loss.
“I thought we were just uncharacteristic at that time,” George said. “That wasn’t the team that we are now. And they play well at home, they feed off that crowd at home. So I definitely expect a different team come tomorrow night,” he added.
Despite the Clippers’ confidence going into the game, George acknowledged the challenge of facing Warriors’ star Steph Curry, calling him a threat as soon as he crosses half-court.
“Just being alert at all times… It takes a team to guard Steph,” George said.
George also spoke about the Warriors’ struggles on the road, calling them uncharacteristic given their championship DNA. However, he also acknowledged that the Warriors are a dangerous team, especially when playing at home.
“Just uncharacteristic, especially with their DNA that they haven’t performed well on the road. But who they are at home is who they’ve been, especially on their championship runs,” George said. “But you gotta expect that they do have that in them. And that’s the team that you gotta expect to play every night.”
The Clippers and the Warriors will face off in a highly anticipated game on Wednesday night, with both teams looking to make a statement in the Western Conference standings.
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Paul George Leads Los Angeles Clippers in Fight for Playoff Spot and NBA Finals Run
The Los Angeles Clippers are currently competing to secure their place in the upcoming NBA playoffs. With only a few games remaining in the regular season, the team is now tied with the Golden State Warriors for the 5th seed and aims to guarantee their spot in the postseason.
The Clippers have made significant strides this season, thanks in part to the addition of Russell Westbrook and the return of Kawhi Leonard, who has been out with a knee injury for most of the year. But the stellar play of Paul George has kept the Clippers in the hunt for a playoff spot.
George, averaging 23.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists for the season, has been a constant force for the Clippers all year. He’s also been a great two-way player, putting up 1.4 steals a game, and has shown flashes of his fiery playoff performances from just a few years ago.
With the NBA playoffs looming, George and the Clippers are focused on putting together an impressive postseason showing, with aspirations of making it to the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history. The team is cognizant that if they solidify their place in the playoffs, they will be a formidable force, especially with a healthy Leonard and the inclusion of Westbrook in their roster.
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