'Overrated': What were Jazz fans chanting to Paul George in Game 1?

Joshua Rogers June 9, 2021
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‘Overrated’: What were Jazz fans chanting to Paul George in Game 1? Fans begun chanting names like ‘Push off P’ to the LA Clippers star in Salt Lake City. George later responded.

Utah Jazz take Game 1 of Western Conference semis against LA Clippers

On Tuesday, the Utah Jazz took on the LA Clippers in the Western Conference semi-finals.

In the previous round, Kawhi Leonard took over to edge past the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7, while the Jazz dispatched – Memphis in Game 5.

And it was the Jazz who took Game 1 on Tuesday, coming away with a narrow 112-109 win in Salt Lake City.

Donovan Mitchell was the stand-out performer in Game 1, finishing with a game-high 45 points, while grabbing five assists and three rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points for the Clippers, while Paul George finished with 20 points, shooting just 4-for-17 from the field.

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Paul George’s ‘Playoff P’ and ‘Pandemic P’ meaning explained

George’s infamous nickname began in 2018 when the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Jazz in the postseason.

George was asked about guarding Donovan Mitchell, to which he grinned and said: “Y’all ain’t met Playoff P yet, huh?”

Since then, Paul George’s playoff performances have come under much scrutiny.

During the pandemic, when the playoffs moved to the Orlando Bubble, George’s self-proclaimed “Playoff P” nickname turned into “Pandemic P” after countless underwhelming games and that backboard shot.

Utah Jazz fans chant ‘overrated’ and ‘Push off P’ to Paul George

During Game 1 against Utah, the entire arena started chanting ‘Push off P’ when George was at the free-throw line in the third quarter.

Later, fans started chanting ‘overrated’ to him while he was shooting free-throws.

Twitter reacted to the fans chanting ‘overrated’ to Paul George.

Paul George responds to ‘overrated’ chants

After the game, George told reporters he welcomes the taunts.

“I like it,” George said. “That part doesn’t get to me. It’s all respect. I’ve had good games here and I’ve had bad games here.”

He added: “That’s part of this game, to be honest. Crowd’s going to be involved. You want that. As an opposing player, you kind of want that.”

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.