Los Angeles Clippers star guard Paul George is confident that his team will beat the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 and return to Los Angeles for Game 7. On Wednesday night, the Clippers suffered a 105-100 defeat to the Mavericks as Dallas took a 3-2 lead in their first round series.
"We're confident," George said of Game 6 in Dallas, per ESPN. "We're confident we can extend the series and bring this back home. We got to go to Dallas and it is going to be another hard, tough environment. It is the job that we got in front of us." The Clippers also lost their first two home games but beat then beat the Mavericks twice on the road to level the series at 2-2.
"I think we're fine," Clippers head coach Ty Lue said. "We'll see in two days, but [from what] everybody talked about in the locker room, we're good."
George got into a foul trouble
"I just thought it was tick-tack," George said of the whistles leading to his foul trouble.
"They called on me and then those same contact plays down the stretch under three, four minutes [left] weren't called on the other end. So I don't know what's a foul and what's not a foul." The Mavericks won the third quarter by a score of 33-21.
"You can't have quarters like that," George said. "It's going to haunt us. That third quarter was a bad quarter for us." Kawhi Leonard had a chance to tie the game but he missed a potential game-tying three-pointer. "I turned and felt him right behind me," Leonard said of Dorian Finney-Smith defending him.
"Tried to pump fake and just was off-balanced. ... Gotta do a better job." The Clippers didn't panic after losing the first two games and it paid off as they won Games 3 and 4 in Dallas. "There is none," George said when asked what the team's level of concern is after losing the first two games at home.
"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."