The Clippers exorcised their playoff demons on Sunday, beating the Mavericks 126-111 in Recreation 7 of their first-round collection and advancing to tackle the Jazz within the Western Convention semifinals.
Los Angeles might have gained Sunday’s sport, however Paul George might have nonetheless taken an L — after the ultimate buzzer sounded. Cameras caught him and Dallas’ Luka Doncic speaking after the sport ended. It appeared like a reasonably good second of George praising Doncic’s wonderful play in a dropping effort; nothing unusual about that in any respect.
Here is the place issues obtained odd: George took off his jersey whereas the 2 talked, trying as if he wished to supply it in a jersey swap. If that’s certainly what he was attempting to do, then it appeared Doncic rebuffed him:
After the video gained traction on-line, Doncic was requested in regards to the second throughout his post-game press convention. The Mavs star stated he did find yourself swapping jerseys with George, however did it privately within the locker room as a substitute.
Sadly for Doncic, solely George (22 factors, 10 assists) will get the possibility to place his jersey again on this yr.
Doncic was improbable in Recreation 7, placing up a game-high 46 factors to go together with seven rebounds and 14 assists. Curiously, that wasn’t the primary time he was a part of doubtlessly meme-able second: The primary got here within the first quarter, when he was on his again and gave the cameras a thumbs up:
Doncic scored 19 factors within the quarter whereas serving to the Mavericks take a three-point lead after 12 minutes. It was the one interval Dallas would lead within the sport.