Twitter reacts as Suns' Jae Crowder pokes Paul George in the eye

NBA Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Clippers Basketball Paul George was nearly unstoppable in the Clippers' must-win Game 5 against the Suns on Monday, but it wasn't for a lack of trying — especially by Jae Crowder.The Phoenix forward poked George in his eye with 4:17 remaining in the game and his team down 108-96. Replays of the incident showed Crowder briefly grabbed at George's jersey before seemingly looking him in the eye as he followed through his defense and hit him in the face: Jae Crowder is staring at Paul George and his eyes before poking him. He knew what he was doing.— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 29, 2021Crowder was assessed a Flagrant 1 for the hit — the Suns lost their challenge on the call — with George hitting both of his free throws to make the score 110-96. Fourteen seconds later, George hit another 20-foot pull-up jumper to give his team an insurmountable 112-96 lead in the eventual 116-102 victory.MORE: 'Way to sell it': Pat Beverley mocks Chris Paul after Flagrant 1 foul George had arguably his best playoff game to date in the victory, putting up 41 points on 15-of-20 shooting — and sinking all eight free throws — on top of 13 rebounds and six assists.That didn't stop Twitter from taking their own shots at Crowder for what many characterized as a deliberately dirty play:Paul George: catches the ball.Jae Crowder:— At The Buzzer (@AtTheBuzzer1) June 29, 2021Jae Crowder to Paul George 😂— Master Victor Erdem 🏐 (@VictorDGreat21) June 29, 2021Jae Crowder pulled Paul George's jersey and poked him in the eye on the same playThe refs called it a flagrant 1— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 29, 2021Jae Crowder 100% knew what he was doing following through with the hand to the face of Paul George.— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 29, 2021Suns fans complaining about Pat Bev when they have Chris Paul and Jae Crowder on their team is extreme lack of self awareness.— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) June 29, 2021Paul George after getting poked by Jae Crowder— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) June 29, 2021Jae Crowder has been playing football all series and wants to complain to the refs.—

Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) June 29, 2021Nobody:Jae Crowder fouling PG13:— Benjamin Bullock (@BenBulljive) June 29, 2021

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