Los Angeles Clippers star guard Paul George claims there is no concern in the team's locker after falling down 2-0 to the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers dropped two consecutive home games to the Mavericks as on Tuesday they lost 127-121.
"There is none," George said when asked what the team's level of concern is after losing the first two games at home, per ESPN. "It's a competition. We got to rise to the occasion. The fact of the matter is if we don't, we're done for.
There is no level of concern. "We just got to play our game, we got to play through this. We got to incorporate our defense. Luka is going to get his touches. We just got to do a better job defensively of quieting everyone else."
Clippers head coach Ty Lue also didn't sound too concerned. "I'm not concerned," Lue said. "We gotta win four games, and you come in on an opposing team's floor and play, there's no pressure on you to make shots.
You just try to come in and steal a game, steal two games. But now they gotta go home and keep up the same shooting. It's easy to go on the road and do that with no pressure. We'll see in Game 3."
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"It's not magic," Leonard said of what the Clippers need to do to figure out Dallas.
"We got to come out and play basketball. Get stops. That is the name of the game right now. They're shooting too great in the first two games and we have to help each other. Too many straight-line drives, dunks, layups. We got to hang our hat on the defensive end."
Leonard underlined that his team can't enter the panic mode now. "Just making sure that we're staying even keeled, you know what I mean?" Leonard said. "It's playoff basketball, you just gotta figure it out.
You gotta figure it out." Leonard added: "Just gotta stay focused and make sure that we keep an eye on the prize." The Clippers entered the series as the favoirites but the Mavericks hold a 2-0 lead after the opening two games.
"That's the team that's the most dangerous," George said of an underdog team gaining confidence and playing free. "I'm pretty sure everyone expected to us win this. So they were the underdogs and when you're a lower seed you really don't have high expectations, so they're playing free, they're playing with confidence. "I think we were giving them a little too much confidence, so that's on us to shut that down."