Paul George is receiving backlash from his teammates after a bad Game 7 loss, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. The LA Clippers were up 3-1 and looked to head to the Western Conference Finals. The Denver Nuggets were then able to come back from another 3-1 deficit.
Things looked okay during the postseason as the team was winning game sand building chemistry. Some players even provided support after a tough first round. George was the golden nugget of the Clippers offseason. He was the piece that would take them over the top.
Here’s the report on Paul George:
In the postgame locker room Tuesday night, George was preaching to teammates to remain committed, for all the players to return to the team this offseason and stay ready to make another run. It was met by some eye rolls and bewilderment, sources said, because George did not back up his words with action in the series and the team has multiple free agents with decisions to make. George scored 10 points on 4 of 16 shooting and 2 of 11 from 3-point range in Game 7 defeat.
George started out the season injured and that hurt the team in terms of chemistry. The hiatus did not help either because they could not go on the run that they needed. The team was never able to build the necessary bond to win a championship.
While George has never won a championship, he has built a great NBA career. He has not had the great career numbers either. Now, his chemistry with his teammates is in question. Next year has to be a big year for him.
The Clippers will have to reshuffle the roster and add new wrinkles to the team. What they did this year did not work and that means people will leave and people will come. George’s teammates want him to leave but Kawhi Leonard would not want that change. If the team wants a solution to the problem, they should start better fitting players like Montrezl Harrell and Landry Shamet.
Paul George is not liked by his teammates after a depressing Game 7 loss. The Denver Nuggets were an obstacle in their way that they could not overcome. It looks like the Clippers will have to try next year to win the battle of LA.