Paul George gave it his all Tuesday night against the Timberwolves, scoring 37 points, rebounding seven balls and coming away with four steals. The effort wasn't enough against a Timberwolves team that, let's face it, isn't that great.
Not only did the Pacers lose, but they lost a close game (115-114) despite having a decent lead late in the fourth quarter. They also had the home-court advantage, which was just another factor that played into George's frustration afterward.
"At this point in the season, you don't have games like this, being up four with under a minute and letting an opponent come in and beat you, especially a young team," George told reporters after the game. "You don't give that up. It's a very frustrating loss."
George wasn't just frustrated with the loss, though. He voiced his thoughts on how his teammates handled the game, and didn't exactly hand out compliments.
"There's no urgency, no sense of urgency, no winning pride. This locker room is just not pissed off enough," George said. "We should have a professional approach, man, and defend our home court, especially to a team that's not even in the playoffs. That's what it comes down to. As a team, we've got to have a grit, and we've got to own up, man up."
The All-Star also added, "To be honest, man, I don’t think I got the ball enough down the stretch. I don’t think I got the ball enough."
Indiana will look to bounce back from this loss in a quick turnaround as the teamtravels to Memphis on Wednesday to play the Grizzlies. The Pacers are fighting for a playoff spot as they currently sit in the seventh position in the Eastern Conference.
As for George, these comments can't comfort Pacers fans who already know the talented player could leave in 2018 for Los Angeles. The Lakers were George's favorite team growing up, and many reports say there's a good chance he plays for them once he becomes a free agent.