Paul George ‘Never Understood’ Playoff Criticism

The Los Angeles Clippers were bounced from the playoffs Wednesday night after losing their Game 6 matchup to the Phoenix Suns. Despite this, Paul George’s strong play proved a lot of his critics wrong.

Following the game Wednesday night, George was honest, saying he never understood why he has always been criticized for his playoff performances.

“The narrative of me not being a postseason player or all that, I never understood it,” George said to media Wednesday night. “I’ve dealt with stuff as we all do. Makes me no different than the next man. But it is what it is. I came up short again.”

George had a great showing in the playoffs, even with co-star Kawhi Leonard missing a good portion of the playoffs. George averaged 26.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, including dropping a 41 point performance in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

George’s strong playoffs will be welcomed by Clippers fans, who will retain George through 2025 thanks to his four-year contract extension that kicks in next season. Leonard has a $36 million player option for next season that he has yet to accept or decline.