The LA Clippers and Phoenix Suns have played twice this season, and there have been controversial moments that have resulted in technical errors, fluttering errors, drafts and lots of “twittering.”
After Paul George scored 33 points to help the Clippers win 113-103 over the Suns at the Staples Center in a game that had a playoff feel, the Clippers’ All-Star guard noticed for the second time this season how the Suns are doing a lot of “twittering.”
George added this time that he could not care less about the Suns (36-15).
“We focused on ourselves,” George said when asked about the Suns. “I do not know what that twittering is about. We focused on ourselves. I do not care what they do over there. I do not care who they are or what they do.
The Clippers (35-18) won their third straight game by beating the Suns for the second time this season. And there was extra-school activity between both Western graduates again.
Sun’s All-Star Devin Booker got a technical foul and an obvious fault on a Kawhi Leonard drive to the basket. Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley was pushed out in the fourth quarter for delivering a hard foul while trying to stop Chris Paul from taking off on a break with an forearm tremor that broke his crotch. And LAs Marcus Morris Sr. was postponed late in the game after getting his second technical foul in less than three minutes.
“I have no worries,” Clippers coach Ty Lue said of the controversy between the two teams on Thursday. “I love it. When you compete at a high level against one of the best teams in the league, you have to do what you go to win. And I thought our guys were physical. We competed, we fought.”
“There will be games like this where it gets chippy,” Lue added. “They’re fighting for something, we’re fighting for something, so it’s going to happen, and I’m okay with that.”
New editor Rajon Rondo said the Suns started back and forth. The veteran had his best game with his new team with 15 points and nine assists.
“I love chatting a little bit, and they pretty much started it in the first half,” Rondo said. “So other than that, I was just trying to play the game, but sometimes it involves a little talk.”
During the Clippers’ 112-107 victory over Phoenix on January 3 in the first meeting of the season between both teams, George had 39 points, but also exchanged words with Booker and Paul, leading to technical errors in the fourth quarter between Booker and George.
After this game, George said the Suns were talking trash to him.
“For some reason there’s a lot of twittering,” George said after that game. “And people just live in the past.”