After Game 2 of the Pacers' NBA playoff series against the Cavs, Paul George made comments about his teammates that many viewed as critical. He said Lance Stephenson needs to "control himself" and said Myles Turner needs to "take it to the next level."

Numerous outlets ran with the quotes, but George wasn't happy with how he was portrayed. Many headlines claimed the All-Star was unhappy with his team, and that these quotes were evidence he wanted to leave the Pacers.

"Complete ignorance," George said Wednesday when asked to respond to the criticism. "Everybody knows how close I am with my teammates, and to really make that the highlight of the series — I said that only to motivate us and to win the series. That’s what this thing is about. Winning. And trying to bring a championship to Indy and try to get out of this first round. That was the only story that needed to be written about.

"For them to say I’m a selfish teammate or I don’t think about my teammates, or I’m throwing my teammates under the bus — I didn’t say anything bad about my teammates other than what [the media] asked that I think my teammates can do down the stretch to help this team win. I didn’t say anything that was even close to throwing them under the bus.”