SALT LAKE CITY – As LA mowers before Paul Georges was at the finish line with 10 minutes and 11 seconds left in Game 1 of the second round on Tuesday night, Utah Jazz fans serenaded him with vocals from “Playoff P!”
And with 1:37 remaining, the taunt of choice, and loudest of the night, was an “overrated” chant that many of the 18,007 fans echoed in a crowded Vivint Arena in the 112-109 win. ‘Utah. Jazz fans have been going to George ever since he played for Oklahoma City when the Thunder faced Jazz in the 2018 playoffs.
George said he liked the taunts.
“I like it,” George said. “This part doesn’t affect me. Everything is respect. I had good games here and I had bad games here.”
He added: “It’s part of this game, to be honest. The crowd is going to be involved. You want it. As the opposing player, you kind of want it.”
The All-Star goalie missed 12 of his first 14 shots to the delight of Jazz fans, but almost helped the Clippers force overtime.
Despite shooting 4 for 17 overall, George scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to go with 10 rebounds for the game. George scored seven points in the final three minutes, including a three-point with 38.4 seconds remaining that reduced Jazz’s lead from nine points to three. But Marcus Morris Sr.. I couldn’t get a 3 on Rudy Gobert at the end to send it overtime.
Afterward, George said he knew what he had done wrong and what to do in Game 2.
“The point is, I didn’t shoot the ball well,” said George. “I thought I was undecided on my approach. But I’ll be a little better at taking the shots I want.”
George said the Jazz wanted the Clippers to take mid-range photos with Gobert browsing the paint, but that he “can do a better job setting them up.”
“The fat guy is really good at plugging the paint and just sitting on the edge,” George said of Gobert, who had 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. “And for a lot of games I was forcing myself to try and get to the basket where he was expecting me. So I think I’m decisive in approaching the set-up, getting the shots I want while he’s in. these blankets. “
George remained aggressive, going all the way to the line 10 times. It was there that he heard it from Jazz fans. But he plans to continue playing physical.
“This is playoff basketball,” said George when asked if he fits the physical game in Utah. “The physicality just has to be allowed on both sides, and I’m going to leave it at that.”