Paul George: Clippers “still in drivers seat”

PG13 believes his Clippers will get through over Denver

(FromR) Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, US basketball players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank pose during the introduction of Leonard and George as the new players of the Los Angeles Clippers during a press conference in Los Angeles on July 24, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

The LA Clippers have seen their Western Conference semi-final series go into a dreaded game 7.

The Clippers have blown two big leads to see their hopes of sealing the series and advancing to a blockbuster series against the Lakers jeopardised.

However Clippers star Paul George is still very confident that his team can progress through the series.

“It’s positive,” George said of the Clippers’ mood after a 111-98 loss to the Nuggets in Game 6 on Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

“This group’s staying together. We still in the driver seat. It’s not a panic mode. We have a Game 7. I like our odds with our group. We put ourselves in this position and it’s on us to get ourselves out of it.”

George believes the Clippers will find a way to fix their season-long issue of losing big leads.

“We know what we are up against,” George said. “We have the utmost respect for them as opponents, but I like our chances. I like our odds. I like what we have. Again, it’s on us to finish this out.”

“We’ve just got to go back to the film and see what we are doing,” George added. “I think that’s the only question that needs to be answered is why aren’t we matching them.”

Fellow star Kawhi Leonard believes the Clippers didn’t choke but just “went cold”.

“We went cold in that third quarter. That’s it. We kept getting to the paint, passing the ball, got a little stagnant and just couldn’t make shots.

“Just got to leave it all out on the floor and make sure we are paying attention to detail and executing and communicating on the defensive end,” Leonard said of his message to his team entering Game 7. “And that’s all we can do, go out there and play hard and just make sure we know the game plan.”