Los Angeles Clippers head coach Ty Lue is still holding hope that his team could overturn the deficit versus the Phoenix Suns and make the NBA Finals. On Saturday, the Suns beat the Clippers 84-80 to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series.
The Clippers three times found themselves down 2-0 in the series in these playoffs but never 3-1 down. "We beat Utah and won four games in a row," Lue said of the Clippers winning the second-round matchup in six games.
"So it's very doable." The Clippers have been playing without their top star Kawhi Leonard since the Jazz series. The Clippers badly need Leonard but they won't rush his comeback from a knee injury. "I can't speak for him, to the health of Kawhi," George said.
"If he's not 100, we don't want him out there. I mean, that's just as a brother, as a teammate. His health long term is more important than what's going on now. I can't speak on the extent of his injury or, you know, what he [can] and cannot give us.
Like I've been saying, his health is just more important than anything else." "Per rule, if the calling official has no doubt on the play, then play review is not used," crew chief Zach Zarba told a pool reporter after the game.
"The play is reviewable if the official has doubt. In this case, there was no doubt on the out-of-bounds play, so therefore replay wasn't used."
George hoping the Clippers could make a comeback
"It's going to be hard," George said of coming back to win this series.
"It's going to be tough. But it's got to be one game at a time. It's win or go home." Meanwhile, Suns star guard Chris Paul doesn't want to talk about the NBA Finals until his team officially beats the Clippers.
"Not until the job is done. Not until the job is done," Paul said after the Suns' gritty 84-80 win over the LA Clippers on Saturday to go up 3-1 in the Western Conference finals. "We can talk about all that then, but right now, it's just laser focus.
"Three wins don't win the series, so right now, we did what we came here to do. We wanted to get one of these, and now we got to stay focused and be ready to go back to our crowd."