Paul George shouldered the blame because the Los Angeles Clippers had been on the improper aspect of historical past in Sunday evening’s annihilation by the hands of Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
The Clippers fell to a 124-73 defeat having discovered themselves trailing by 77-27 after two quarters, which represented the most important half-time deficit within the NBA’s shot-clock period since 1954-55.
Talisman Kawhi Leonard sat out the sport having required eight stitches to a mouth gash suffered whereas colliding with the elbow of teammate Serge Ibaka throughout their Christmas Day matchup with the Denver Nuggets.
“It’s not that big of a deal,” George advised studies post-game. “Yeah we acquired our butts kicked right now nevertheless it’s one recreation. I feel we’ll simply take what we want to take away from the sport and go to the subsequent one.
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“We wasn’t prepared right now, we wasn’t ready. Not from the plan, however simply from us being prepared to go and that is on me. We’ll be prepared for the subsequent one. It’s one recreation.
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“I take full responsibility. You know, it’s a tough game coming [after] Christmas. I enjoyed my Christmas Day yesterday. Today just popped up on me a little too fast. I’ll take full ownership for that, coming out and being prepared to play today. Be a different situation come next game, and we will be ready.”
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George completed the sport with 15 factors, two rebounds and 4 assists having gone 4 of 13 from the sector and missed all six of his three-point makes an attempt.
Luke Kennard, Leonard’s substitute within the beginning lineup, in the meantime had simply seven factors, two rebounds and one help, taking pictures three of 11 from the sector and one in all six from past the arc.
In distinction, Doncic teased a triple-double with 24 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists, going eight of 18 from the sector and miscuing on all 5 of his efforts from deep. He did, nonetheless, nail eight of his 9 free throw makes an attempt.
“I think we showed who we are,” mentioned the MVP favorite after the sport. “People judge us like the first two games of the season. You know, it’s a long season, but we’ve got to keep going like that. You know, we had to play defense. And that’s our strategy from now on.”
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Support round Doncic at all times promised to be key heading into the brand new marketing campaign, notably given the harm historical past of Kristaps Porzingis and the departure of Seth Curry.
Sunday noticed Dallas profit from the contributions of offseason addition Josh Richardson, who had his finest recreation but for the crew with 21 factors, three rebounds and two assists after going eight of 13 from the sector and 4 of eight from lengthy vary.
“This was obviously our best effort and our best performance of all the games, preseason and regular season, you know, we had some uneven effort in the first couple of games,” mentioned Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle. “Guys had been conscious of it.
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“They knew the calibre of opponent today and they just decided that they were going to be the hardest playing team in the gym. And, you know, it was a great process. And obviously, the result took care of itself.
“Today are our guys did not permit one another to let down, and that is the way it’s going to have to be. Yes, it is a very uncommon 12 months. There’s no crowds within the buildings. And so plenty of the impetus and the will, it is acquired to come from throughout the groups and I’ll give our guys credit score.”
The Mavs are subsequent in motion towards the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, whereas the Clippers face the Portland Trail Blazers on the identical day.
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