Clippers: Dillon Brooks fires shots at Paul George after he feasts on Grizz

Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports /

Paul George and the LA Clippers may have lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night, but PG13 balled as usual.

He only played 31 minutes, but really made them count, dropping 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting and was an incredible 5 for 9 from three. He also dished out six assists in the contest, further illustrating the type of offensive impact he had in the game. Dillon Brooks of the Grizzlies did not have his best defensive showing.

Brooks, however, must have felt like he was channeling some 2014-2016 Kawhi Leonard defense or something, because he took many shots at PG after the game.

I’m not quite sure how he was “on him all night” as PG hit half his shots (more than half of his threes) on the night, but Brooks disagrees.

Dillon Brooks wants all the smoke when it comes to Paul George off the court.

Again, it’s perplexing as to why this is, considering Dillon Brooks seemed to want none of the smoke when it came to Paul George ON the court. He had many more words for PG as well:

Perhaps PG was “complaining to the refs” because he didn’t get a single call last night; literally. He took zero free throws last night.

PG is averaging 21.7 shot attempts per game this year, but only getting 4.6 free throw attempts per game. When he averaged 21 shot attempts per game before in his career (2018-2019), he averaged seven free throws per game. It’s no secret that PG hasn’t been getting any calls this year, even when he deserves them.

He admitted that PG “had a solid night,” and did “what MVP’s do,” but then claims he still “made his life challenging to get shots off.” Something’s not adding up here.

However, if allowing your man to drain half his shots and shoot over 50% from three is “(making) his life challenging,” then I guess Brooks is right. Though typically when a player goes 9 for 18 and 5 of 9 from beyond the arc, things weren’t so “challenging” for him.

"“I just rise to the challenge,” Brooks said. “I watch so much film before the game, and really study what he wants to do and be prepared. I imagine guarding him before the game. Like, seeing his jersey, him driving right. You know, I take this stuff so serious.”"

Unfortunately for Brooks, however, allowing an opponent to outshoot his season and career shooting percentage both from the field and from deep means that he did not in fact “rise to the challenge.” It’s nice that he “watched so much film,” but it appeared to not be enough when it came to defending George. He claims he “really studied what he wanted to do and was prepared,” but the box score wholeheartedly disagreed, as Brooks even pointed out with George’s shooting marks.

Brooks got the win, which is nice. It wasn’t, however, on the back of himself. He out up 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting (1 for 3 from deep) with only two assists. PG, who he seems to think he outplayed and/or kept in check, as previously written; had 23 on 9 of 18 shooting (5 of 9 from deep) with 6 assists.

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We’ll see how PG responds the next time he gets the chance to play Brooks and the Grizzlies once again.