Clippers vs Mavericks: Why is Los Angeles's Paul George called 'Pandemic P' by Internet trolls?

'Playoff P' was a moniker the man gave himself during the press conference at the start of the 2018 playoffs; come 2020 and a string of bad performances later, Twitter decided to rebrand him


                            Clippers vs Mavericks: Why is Los Angeles's Paul George called 'Pandemic P' by Internet trolls?
Paul George (Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Clippers may have taken a 2-1 lead against the Dallas Mavericks on August 21 when the two sides faced-off in Game 3 of their playoffs, but that didn't stop the internet from mocking and trolling Clippers man Paul George for yet another dismal outing. Pity that his self-proclaimed nickname "Playoff P" is now dubbed as "Pandemic P" on Twitter following his poor performance. The tag was given by netizens during Game 2 when George was shooting airballs.

It was an absolute disaster for George on August 21 as he shot even terribly than 40% from the field. He was 3 of 16 in his 11 points scored for the Clippers on August 21. This trouble of George being unable to find the rim meant the onus was on Kawhi Leonard to deliver the goods for Los Angeles. "Playoff P" was a moniker the man gave himself during the press conference at the start of the 2018 playoffs. He was part of the Oklahoma City Thunder then. 

Since then, every George failure has had Twitter birds chirping. Come 2020 and the pandemic that has been disrupted life as we know it has now been attached to Paul for his below-par performances. Fans promptly called him "Pandemic P" instead and that trends heavily each time the man fails on the court for the Clippers. Game 3 on August 21 was no different as George was trolled again on Twitter. Here's a look at some of the reactions that trickled in even after the game ended.

One of the tweets read: "Paul George aka pandemic P pulling up to his post-game interview like..."



 

The memes had just begun for some. "Kawhi every time Paul George asks for the ball," read one of the tweets.



 

"Since announcing 'Playoff P' before the 2018 playoffs these are Paul George’s playoff averages: 39.8% shooting 32% from three 24.5 PPG 3.3 AST 7.1 rebounds 3.6 TOs,  Dude has the AUDACITY to say he’s better than Klay," commented a fan.



 

"Kawhi said 'Get PG and I’m coming' He forget about how Pandemic P performs in the playoffs, If he keeps playing like this, the Clippers cannot win the title," reckoned a fan.



 

On a rather serious note, the below-average performance is actually hurting for a few fans. "That seals the deal. I am no longer a PG fan. This player is a pure and utter embarrassment to basketball. I officially will not be renewing my fandom next season nor will I watch him on tv again. I’m moving on to Kuzma who knows how to shoot better than 20% in the playoffs."



 

Will Paul George be able to make amends in Game 4? For the forward, this is an opportunity to regain back his form when the Clippers play the Mavs on August 23. 

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