Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticising officiating earlier this week. Following Wednesday's 105-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, George was extremely frustrated with the lack of foul calls on his team.
"We're putting a lot of pressure at the rim," George said after the loss, per ESPN. "It's insane that we're not getting these calls. But it is what it is. It's nothing new to me. Hopefully, we'll send a bunch of clips in.
League's gotta take a look at this." George then went a step further, calling the officials a liars. "Can't go too much further than that -- it's a bunch of lies," George said, when asked to characterize his discussions with officials following non-calls against the Clippers, "They know what's going on."
Like George, Kawhi Leonard also wasn't happy
2019 NBA Finals MVP Leonard also spoke against the officiating but in a much lighter way than George. "They looked at my missed dunk for 30 minutes, it seemed like.
Everybody [saw] him hit my hands, so I don't know,'' Leonard said, when asked what the Clippers can do differently after attacking the paint and coming away with few calls.' ' The Clippers had 11 free throws against the Mavericks and knocked down six.
"Once we get there, gotta knock it down," Leonard said. "We were 6-for-11 tonight, and I'll take the lead on that one, being my fault. We just got to keep going, keep pushing, don't worry about it, just play stronger and make those layups and floaters that we're trying to get to."
"Just make every shot you shoot," Leonard added. "That's all we can do." George felt there was nothing more the Clippers could have done to get the calls. "I mean, our job is to be aggressive, attack," George said.
"We can't do much more than that, right? If they not gonna call it, they not gonna call it. And that's the suck part about it, because we're not flopping players. We're not players that's like throwing our bodies into other players."
George also believes the Clippers are aggressive enough. "We play physical, no different than any other player in this league, you know?" George said. "There's nothing more that we can do. We're attacking, we're putting pressure at the rim, again.
There's nothing that I feel -- unless we just start diving and playing a flopping game -- there's really nothing much that we can do."