The Dallas Mavericks suffered a bitter bankruptcy in the NBA playoffs in game 5 of the series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul George shone at the Clippers, honestly reporting mental health problems in the “bubble” after the game.
The Mavericks went down against the Clippers on Tuesday 111: 154 and are now 2: 3 behind in the series. All-Star Paul George was the best man on the floor with 35 points. The Guard had so far not found his game in Orlando and only hit 29 percent of his throws.
After the success, George admitted that he couldn’t handle the situation in the Orlando “bubble”. He was “in a dark place”, said the Guard in an honest and emotional interview with “TNT”: “It was a little bit of everything. I really underestimated mental health. I had anxiety. A slight depression. Included here to be – I just wasn’t there. “
It was a little bit of everything. I was afraid. A slight depression. To be locked in here – I just wasn’t there.
Above all in the so-called social media, George had poured scorn and ridicule for his previous achievements. In the first three games, he had only hit 10 of 47 throws, missed 21 of 25 from beyond the triple line. Now he thanked the people who would have helped him in a difficult situation. It wasn’t just the team psychologist. Clippers coach Doc Rivers reported from a long conversation with his star that other players had also tried to support their colleagues. “That meant a lot to me,” said George.
154 points mean a franchise record for the Clippers
In-game 5 you saw old George again. He hit twelve of 18 throws, four of eight from a distance. He scored 35 points in just 25 minutes. Kawhi Leonard collects 32 points in 30 minutes. The Clippers had not yet scored 154 points in a play-off game in franchise history.
The Mavericks have to win Game 6 on Thursday if they don’t want to say goodbye to the play-offs. In-game 5, Luka Doncic was once again the top scorer of the Mavs with 22 points, who had to do without Kristaps Porzingis, who had an injured knee. Maxi Kleber got twelve points and four rebounds in 28 minutes of play.
In the second duel of the evening, the Denver Nuggets kept their hopes of progressing alive. Jamal Murray led his team with 42 points to the 117: 107 victory against Utah Jazz, who are only 3: 2 ahead in the series.
“Defensive Player of the Year”: Antetokounmpo clear winner
The Milwaukee Bucks superstar won the vote with 432 points, clearly ahead of Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers (200 points). Antetokounmpo is only the second Bucks player to receive the prestigious award after Sidney Moncrief (1983 and 1984). In the past two years, it had gone to Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz).