“Doc was trying to play me like Ray Allen or JJ Redick”: Paul George throws Doc Rivers under the bus for Clippers’ playoff exit

Raahib Singh
|Published 03/12/2020

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George talked about his role the past season on the ‘All the Smoke’ podcast.

The Los Angeles Clippers did not have a good time in the Bubble. While they did manage to get to the second round of the playoffs, they blew a 3-1 lead and ultimately ended their journey in the second round itself. A big part of the same was chalked up to be because of Paul George’s poor performances. A lot was expected from the Clippers last season, and they let us all down.

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There were tons of discussions regarding what led to the Clippers not performing up to their potential. A lot of it was blamed on the lack of chemistry, load management, and partiality by the team towards their stars. Paul George was on ‘All the Smoke’ podcast recently, and he gave a reason why last season wasn’t his best.

Paul George did not like the role he was given last season

There have been quite some changes in the Clippers camp this season, the biggest being that the Clippers parted ways with Doc Rivers and hired Tyronn Lue as their new head coach.

On ‘All the Smoke’ podcast, Paul George went on to say how Doc Rivers limited his role last season to that what JJ Redick or Ray Allen had.

JJ Redick and Ray Allen are famous sharpshooters in the league, known for their accuracy at catch-and-shoot kind of plays. PG says that style did not suit him as he needs to be more involved in the ball movement for him to be able to score.


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While this may have impacted George’s natural game, there were times in the season where he was shining as well. It would be interesting to see how the Clippers manage to bounce back under the guidance of Ty Lue.

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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him toward TSR. He started playing basketball when he was 14, and fell in love with the sport ever since. His interest in the NBA developed at the same time as when Stephen Curry put the entire league on notice. Raahib was spellbound by Steph and the Warriors and has been a fan since. From starting off as a Warriors fan, Raahib has evolved into someone who can never miss a good game of basketball. He converts his love for the game and the knowledge he has gained into the articles he writes. In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, going for walks, and murder mysteries.

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