Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George returned to the lineup last week and he was on minutes restrictions on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets. George was having a big fourth quarter against the Nets but he was pulled out of the game with 2:50 remaining due to a minutes restrictions.
The Clippers ended up losing to the Nets as the visitors from Brooklyn won 112-108. "Man, I think you know the answer to that," George said when asked how tough it was to sit out the end, per ESPN. "I was ready to go," George said.
"I wanted to keep going."
George had a big game
George, who played for 32 minutes, ended the game with 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. "I'm clear, I'm good to go, as of now," George said.
"It's an afterthought. I'm healthy and I feel good." George scored 12 points in under five minutes in the fourth quarter to pull the Clippers close to the Nets. "I thought the game kind of got out of hand and we had to bring him back to get the game close," Lue said.
"And he played well and played good to get us back in it and then it's a tough decision." "But the biggest thing is that he's healthy and the biggest thing is the player's health. We did what we could but it is what it is."
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard tied the game in the last minute but he was called for an offensive foul and his basket was waived off. Leonard also had a big game as he finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds. "My take from it is if we gonna pretty much play bully ball at the end of the game, let both sides play it," Leonard said.
"But they didn't call it, so good defense. I got grabbed early, but like I said, no call, so great defense." George was asked how difficult it is to play against players who sell contact on both ends of the floor to officials.
"It's really hard, it's really hard," George said. "I mean, I haven't really got into the flopping game, but in today's game, it's smart, you know what I mean? "It's smart. They control the refs. They got the refs in their pocket, so kudos to the guys who are great at that part of the game."