Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George suggested Phoenix Suns stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul trash-talked him about his struggled in the Orlando bubble and that led to technicals fouls on him and Booker. With 7 minutes and 20 seconds left to play in the game, George and Booker were hit with double technicals.
But George let his game do the talking as he hit seven three pointers and a game-high of 39 points to lead the Clippers to a 112-107 win. "You got to ask them," George said when asked what happened with Paul and Booker, per ESPN.
"I was talking to the ref, CP jumped in and it escalated from there. Like I said, I've never had any words talking, there was never any altercation, there was always peace when I am on the floor, but for whatever reason, there's a lot of chirping and people just living in the past.
"Last year was last year. I'm in a new situation; I am in a different mindset. Any of that hate stuff, you got to ask them. I don't know where that's coming from."
George struggled mightily in the bubble
The biggest shock of the season came in the NBA playoffs, when the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets thought they had big leads in each of the last three games of the series.
George was one of the main reasons why the Nuggets made a miraculous comeback as he performed bad throughout the series. "I had a tough year last year," George said in his postgame, on-court interview with the Clippers' broadcast.
"People think it's sweet, man, people think it's sweet because I was down. I didn't hear none of this my 10 years in the league but last year, people living on that last year. And I got to answer that. And I am ready to compete.
I'm back." George was surprised to hear Booker and Paul talking about him like that in his face. "I don't talk, I play my game," George said. "For whatever reason, it's dudes talking. Like, never heard people talking [before], and it's never been directed towards me but for some reason it's a lot of mouth.
And it's fine. I got to play up to that. "I'll go through the fire. It's fine. As long as we come out on top, we win and I am helping my team win. That's all that matters. Save the rest, they can do what they want. I'm locked in and it's more so about me being at peace and at ease."