Paul George witnessed his Oklahoma City Thunder let go of the reins in a gripping loss to the LA Clippers final evening – however he does not maintain his teammates accountable for the ultimate end result. When requested to touch upon OKC’s demoralizing loss, PG redirected all of the criticism in the direction of the referees working the sport. By the sound of it, this wasn’t the primary occasion the place refs duped the set, not less than in George’s thoughts. This is how he broke it down.
“It’s simply unhealthy officiating,” George informed the press. “I am sorry, simply unhealthy officiating. We do not get a good whistle. We have not gotten a good whistle all 12 months. … Somebody’s received to look into this. It’s getting out of hand, the place we in some way simply stroll groups to the road. And there’s no one that will get extra contact. If I do not converse for myself, I converse for Russ. There’s no one that will get extra contact than Russ going to the basket. And it is simply loopy.”
For the report, final evening’s loss to the Clippers’ Win marked simply 2nd time prior to now 10 NBA seasons workforce had three of its starters ejected all through the course of the sport. In the case of the OKC Thunder, the starters subjected to the scrutiny simply occurred to be their three most essential gamers: Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, and Paul George himself, all getting the boot within the ultimate four minutes of play.
Even OKC coach Billy Donovan appeared to agree with Paul’s assertion. “Our guys are enjoying exhausting and competing, however like there is no such thing as a purpose for Lou Williams to get to the free throw line 20 instances,” he commented whereas singling the opposition’s most effective scorer. The Thunder are nonetheless in a lofty place going ahead as a lot because the loss stings within the interim. With the 118-110 end result at house, the Clippers have been capable of preserve their one-point lead over the San Antonio Spurs for the seventh playoff spot within the Western Conference. OKC lives on to battle one other day.