Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George admitted the team failed to make proper adjustments against the Denver Nuggets and that was the main reason behind their epic collapse in this past NBA playoffs. The Clippers, who were considered as one of the top favorites to win it all last season, blew a 3-1 lead against the Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Clippers had a lead in Games 5, 6 and 7 but still failed to clinch the key win and beat the Nuggets. "It was tough, because we were confident," George told former NBA player Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on "All The Smoke" podcast, as revealed on ESPN.
"We went up 3-1, we felt like, we're going to win the next one. We lost. We [were] like, cool, we're up 3-2, we gonna win the next one. We lost. But during that whole process, we never worked on adjustments. We never worked on what to do differently.
We just literally having the same s--- happen over and over again. It started to play a trick on you like, man, what's going on?"
George and the Clippers thought everything would work out
"We are talking amongst each other like the conversation is, we are going to be all right.
The conversation should have been like, nah, we need to change this, we need to switch this up. I don't think we deserved it. We wasn't prepared enough going into it. ... We didn't put the work into it. It was kind of just like, yo, we got PG, we got Kawhi [Leonard], Lou [Williams], Trezz [Montrezl Harrell].
We going to be straight; we are going to figure it out." After signing with the Clippers in the summer of 2019, George was unable to practice after a shoulder injury and then missed the first 11 games of the season.
"I missed that time in the summer of playing pickup ball, hooping, getting into a rhythm, getting into a flow, working on my game, the timing right," he said. "So when I came back and started playing again, I just felt off, like I didn't feel like a part of the team."
George, who finished the season with averages of 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists, failed to deliver in the playoffs and he received a lot of criticism for Clippers' playoff collapse. George will certainly enter this season motivated to prove the doubters wrong and lead the Clippers to a title.