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Did Paul George just shade James Harden in response to his own struggles?

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Mar 5, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives with the ball as Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers star forward Paul George shot just 3-of-16 from the field in Friday’s Game 3 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The All-Star has shot 21% over the past two games, including a 17% mark from three-point range. Despite this, Los Angeles boasts a 2-1 series lead in its first-round matchup against the Mavericks.

Following Friday night’s win, George had a rather interesting comment relating to his struggles. In the process, he seemed to shade MVP candidate James Harden of the conference-rival Houston Rockets.

“Like I said, I’m no James Harden, that’s not my knack, to just shoot the ball and score the ball. I can, and I pride myself on being effective on both ends, but it’s gonna be nights like this where I can’t make shots and I can’t allow that to affect my game,” George told reporters from Orlando.

Um. That seems to be a major shot thrown in the direction of Mr. Harden. George is pretty much saying that the Rockets’ star plays hero ball and doesn’t pride himself with being a capable defender. It’s hard to read this any other way.

By now, it’s well known that Harden likes to hoist it from pretty much all over the court. He averaged 22.3 shot attempts per game during the regular season. That included 12.4 three-point attempts per game. As for the Rockets, they are taking shots from beyond the three-point line at a record clip right now.

There’s a chance Los Angeles and Houston meet up in the conference semifinals. The Utah Jazz are taking care of business against the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile, Houston boasts a 2-0 series lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder. If the Clippers, Rockets and Lakers all come out on top in their first-round series, a strong likelihood right now, Houston would take on the Clippers.

Can you say bulletin board material?