"It's not that big of a deal," he told reporters. "We got our butts whipped today, but it's one day. We wasn't ready today. We wasn't prepared. That's on me. So, we'll be ready for the next game."
George took responsibility for the loss, adding that spending the Christmas holiday on the road may have contributed to the poor performance:
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Paul George said Clippers didn't celebrate Christmas with families until yesterday after playing in Denver. "I take full responsibility... Tough situation being on road on Christmas... I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas yesterday and that was the reason for a sluggish day."
In the grand scheme of things, a loss in the third game of a 72-game season doesn't matter much, especially with the Clippers coming off wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets to start the season.
But because the Clippers were considered title front-runners by many last season after the additions of George and Kawhi Leonard—and blew a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals—any poor performance is going to go under the microscope.
And Sunday's showing was historically poor:
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
The Mavericks' 50-point halftime lead over the Clippers today marks the largest halftime lead in NBA history. The Mavericks are also the first team in NBA history to outscore their opponent by 50 points over any two-quarter span in one game. h/t @EliasSports https://t.co/NbmXqs4LZt
To the Clippers credit, Leonard didn't play in the contest. It's unlikely it would have mattered given how poorly the team performed, however. Head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after the game that the Clippers "didn't have a lot of pop" on offense or defense.
Talk about an understatement. Not surprisingly, more than a few folks were astonished by the beatdown:
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
I find it hard to believe that Michael Cage, Loy Vaught or Erik Piatkowski were never on a Clippers team that lost by at least 51 pts. That this group with championship aspirations took that kind of L, even with Kawhi Leonard SMHing on the sideline the whole game, is remarkable
The thing about losses is that they all count the same in the standings, whether by 50 or five points. George and the Clippers have to rebound after such a lackluster showing—it's not the sort of effort they can deem acceptable—but obsessing over it doesn't make much sense, either.
That seemed to be the message George was conveying Sunday.