It’s clear that Paul George isn’t happy losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs and he’s letting the whole world know. After calling out CJ Miles for taking the last shot in the one-point loss in Game 1 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, he’s continuing putting his teammates on blast in the media (for motivation? Is he fed up?).
This time, he’s talking about Indiana Pacers newcomer and returning star Lance Stephenson:
“He’s got to learn to control himself and be in the moment. Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader. His body language has to improve — just for the team. We all know that Lance is an emotional guy. A lot of it is his heart and his competitiveness. That emotion comes out of him. He’s got to channel that toward making effort plays on the court and doing whatever he needs for us to succeed.”
Then he called out young Myles Turner:
“We just need him to challenge Tristan [Thompson], keep him off the boards. He needs to make himself available down low in the post. He needs to know at this point he has to take it to the next level. We’ll continue to work with him.”
When you practically have the team on your back and can’t get much help from anyone else (besides Jeff Teague), it’s obvious why he’s frustrated. George finished with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Teague dropped 23 points and 4 assists in the 117-111 loss in Cleveland.
Will they even get a win at home?
This seems a little out of his character, but maybe he’s just burning his bridges just in time for the offseason as he packs his bags out of Indiana.