The LA Clippers and Phoenix Suns have played twice this season, and there have been controversial moments that resulted in technical fouls, obvious fouls, throws and lots of “chirp”.
After Paul George scored 33 points to help the Clippers score a 113-103 win over the Suns at the Staples Center in what felt like the playoffs, the Clippers All-Star Guardian noted for the second time this season, like the Suns “chirp” a lot.
George added this time that he couldn’t care less about the suns (36-15).
“We focused on ourselves,” said George when asked about the suns. “I don’t know what this twittering is about. We focused on ourselves. I don’t care what you do there. I don’t care who you are or what you do.
“I’m locked in. You can chirp, I’ll let you have it tonight. I just stayed in my zone, stayed in my place, I don’t know. … I don’t care what you are. We focus here on us. We’re focused on getting better. Tonight was a fun matchup and we appreciate the challenge. “
The Clippers (35-18) won their third game in a row by teeing off the Suns for the second time this season. And there were extracurricular activities again between the two western candidates.
Sun’s all-star Devin Booker had a technical foul and an obvious foul on a Kawhi Leonard trip to the basket. Patrick Beverley, the Clippers point guard, was thrown out for a tough foul in the fourth quarter trying to prevent Chris Paul from pausing with a forearm cheek that broke his crotch. And LA’s Marcus Morris Sr. was thrown late in the game after suffering his second technical foul in less than three minutes.
“I have no concerns,” said Clippers coach Ty Lue of the dispute between the two teams on Thursday. “I love it. When you play at a high level against one of the best teams in the league, you do what you do to win. And I thought our boys are physical. We competed, we fought.”
“There will be games like this that get chippy,” added Lue. “You are fighting for something, we are fighting for something, so it’s going to happen and I’m fine with it.”
The new clipper Rajon Rondo said the suns had started the back and forth. The veteran had his best game with his new team with 15 points and nine assists.
“I love to chat a bit and they pretty much started it off in the first half,” said Rondo. “Other than that, I’ve only tried to play the game, but it’s a bit of a gossip at times.”
During the Clippers’ 112-107 win in Phoenix on Jan. 3 at the first meeting of the season between the two teams, George had 39 points but also exchanged words with Booker and Paul, leading to technical fouls between Booker and George in the fourth quarter.
After that game, George said the suns were talking garbage to him.
“There’s a lot of twittering for some reason,” said George after the game. “And people who only live in the past.”