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Serge Ibaka tells Paul George haters to fill out an apology form after a dominant Game 5 performance

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JANUARY 29: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers celebrates with teammates Serge Ibaka #9 and Nicolas Batum #33 during the first quarter against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on January 29, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Paul George is back in the spotlight, and this time for all the right reasons. George and his Clippers have managed an important win versus the Jazz orchestrated by George himself. A monster game 5 against the Jazz saw him put up 37 points while also grabbing 16 rebounds. On top of that, he shot over 50% from the field, going 12/22 from the field.

His performance warranted a deserved positive reaction from fans and players. The greatest praise of all may have been Serge Ibaka’s tweet in defense of George.

After several years of criticism stemming from George’s poor playoff performances, Ibaka tweeted the ‘apology form’ praising his teammate after their vital win against the Jazz.

Ibaka is known for his banter and humorous personality, but nobody foresaw the hilarious tweet coming from him. Even with the banter that Ibaka often tosses around, George truly showed out in game 5. With Kawhi Leonard out with a knee injury, George managed to pick up where Leonard left off.

The performance is even more astounding as it gave the Clippers a 3-2 lead on the Jazz. Just one win away from the franchise’s first-ever conference finals.

George gained a less than savory reputation amongst fans over the past few seasons for his “poor” play. He even spawned a host of memes and nicknames with arguably the most iconic being “Pandemic-P.” “Playoff-P” is also a fan favorite for the Clippers’ forward after he gave himself the nickname referring to his intense play in the postseason.

Oddly enough, George didn’t play all that bad. He averaged 20 points last postseason and is averaging 25 in this year’s playoffs as the Clippers look to get to the Western Conference Finals. With the Suns’ Chris Paul testing positive for COVID-19, Los Angeles may even have a good chance of going to the NBA Finals.

With Leonard out indefinitely, George is now the Clippers’ go-to scorer. If he manages to perform as he did in game 5, the team has an unlimited ceiling in these playoffs.

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