“They were AWFUL” – Paul George SLAMS refs after brutal 5th straight loss to Nikola Jokic’s Nuggets ends championship hopes

Paul George blamed the refs for their loss against Nuggets.


“They were AWFUL” – Paul George SLAMS refs after brutal 5th straight loss to Nikola Jokic’s Nuggets ends championship hopes

Paul George and Nikola Jokic (Credits: Mile High Sports and Insider)

Tuesday night, the LA Clippers suffered their sixth consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of the Denver Nuggets in a close game. Paul George and the revamped Clippers came as near as anybody has this early in the season to defeating Nikola Jokic in an arena where nobody can seem to even beat him. George led the Clippers in scoring with a fantastic performance, but his game-winning shot was an all-time dud. In addition, the game is a group-stage match in the NBA In-Season Tournament for 2023.

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There were 32 points, 16 rebounds, and 9 assists from Nikola Jokic. With 13 seconds remaining, Jokic made two of his 14 flawless, free throw attempts, which helped the Nuggets thwart the Clippers’ attempt at a comeback. Despite having Harden’s best game with his new team since joining from Philadelphia, Los Angeles has lost six games in a row overall and five games in a row with him since his acquisition on October 30. After the game, Paul George had many things to say and at one point, he blamed the ref:

I thought we played great. It’s tough, the adversity of playing against the extra three. I thought they were awful but, the defending champs, we’ve got to play better.

Against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, Paul George gave it his all and was the LA Clippers’ best player. George had 35 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals at the end of the game. Despite having five steals and 15 points, Kawhi Leonard had trouble shooting the ball. Conversely, Russell Westbrook was benched during the fourth quarter despite finishing with eight points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Paul George talks about his role with the Clippers following the trade of James Harden

The LA Clippers haven’t performed particularly well since James Harden joined the team a few weeks ago. They sent four players to the 76ers after the trade, and now they have to work out a chemistry between them. One of the team’s four stars, alongside Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, spoke with reporters on Sunday about his expectations for his role following Harden’s arrival.

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Paul George
Paul George (Credits: Marca.com)

Paul George told Joey Linn of Sports Illustrated:

I know who I am and what I am in the league … You lose guys like RoCo (Robert Convington), Nico (Nicolas Batum), the guys that were the glue guys for us … somebody’s gotta fill in that void of doing the nasty work … So that’s where the mindset came from.

In the Harden era, the Clippers are currently 0-5 and appear to be stuck in a rust. The Clippers (3-7) have lost a total of four consecutive games since James Harden arrived. Paul George, who has participated in all nine Clippers games this season, shoots 39.4 percent from three points and 46.9 percent from the field while averaging 23.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists.

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