Clippers Notes: George, Cousins, Lue, Kennard

Clippers star Paul George heard it from the Utah crowd during Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal on Tuesday, a 112-109 Jazz win.

The word was “overrated,” and it was loud and proud as George shot late-game free throws. This is the same George who once billed himself “Playoff P,” only to end up as “Pandemic P” on social media.<a rel=But George told reporters he doesn’t mind the taunting.

“I like it,” he said. “That part doesn’t get to me. It’s all respect. I’ve had good games here and I’ve had bad games here.”

He added: “That’s part of this game, to be honest. Crowd’s going to be involved. You want that. As an opposing player, you kind of want that.”

George missed 12 of his first 14 shots, but hit a late-game 3-pointer to keep things close until the very end. Still, he finished 4-of-17 overall.

“Fact of the matter is, I didn’t shoot the ball well,” George said. “I thought I was indecisive on my approach. But I will be a little bit better on taking the shots that I want.”

More on LA

  • Clippers center DeMarcus Cousins didn’t get off the bench for any of the seven first-round games vs. the Mavericks, but has already seen action vs. the Jazz. Cousins finished with six points and three rebounds in Game 1.
  • Coach Tyronn Lue indicated the Clippers ran out of steam after a big first half and double-digit lead. “We did a great job in the first half and then came out in third quarter a little sluggish, not making the right play and not making any shots while they kind of got going offensively,” he said.
  • The Clippers had a chance to steal Game 1, but the Jazz had different ideas, wrote Bill Plaschke of the LA Times. “We’ve got to be ready to fight for a full 48 minutes the next game,” said Clippers guard Luke Kennard.

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