Paul George
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It was no secret that Paul George would need to have a memorable performance in Game 5 between the Clippers and the Jazz for his team to claim an important Game 5 win.

After dropping 37 points on Utah to lead the Clippers to a 119-111 win, Ty Lue said criticism on George was unfair and based on ‘what he’s doing off of one series.’

(via USA Today Sports):

“I have a lot of respect for PG,” Lue said. “You can’t judge a guy’s career off of what he’s doing off of one series. I know a lot of great players that have a bad series, a bad game or a bad two games in a series.

He has a bad game and they want to make a big deal of it. So, it’s whatever. Just keep playing and keep being who you are. At the end of the day, you can live with the results.”

With Kawhi Leonard out, Paul George finished with 37 points while shooting 12-of-22 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line, along with a playoff career-high 16 rebounds.

Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals is set to take place on Friday.