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#25 - Toronto Raptors @ LA Clippers
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The Clippers will be seeking their third straight win tonight in Orlando against the Magic.The Big Picture
Clippers back? The 2017-18 season has been a largely discouraging one in Clipper nation, but L.A. has quietly picked up back-to-back wins over a couple of likely playoff teams in the Wizards and Raptors. The playoffs still look like something of a longshot for a team continuing to battle injuries, but it’s still good to see the team showing some fight and playing with energy.
The victory over the Raptors two nights ago was arguably the Clips’ best game of the season. Toronto came into the game winners of six straight, yet the Clippers shut down what had been a red-hot offense. The Raps had scored at least 110 points in five of their last six games, but the Clippers managed to hold them to just 91 points on 40 percent shooting from the field.
Following a brief string of home games, the Clips are set to embark on a tough four-game road swing that will take them through Orlando, Miami, DC and San Antonio. Danilo Gallinari is set to miss a few games after aggravating his butt injury, but Milos Teodosic made his long-awaited return the other night against the Raptors. Milos made his presence felt in his return, as he contributed 12 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes.
LAC has a golden opportunity to pick up their third straight win tonight against a wounded Magic club.The Opponent
The Clippers don’t really want to hear about other teams’ injury problems, but the Magic will be shorthanded themselves tonight. Evan Fournier is set to miss his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle, while rookie Jonathan Isaac is likely to miss his 16th straight game with an ankle problem of his own. Both Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Arron Afflalo (back spasms) are listed as questionable.
Orlando started the season surprisingly well, but they have since gone back to being the same old Magic. Orlando enters the game just 11-17 on the season, and they have won just three of their last 16 games overall. That includes a discouraging 117-110 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks - owners of the worst record in the NBA - last time out.
One bright spot for the Magic has been the continued excellence of Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic continues to fly under the radar despite putting together quality season after quality season. Vuc is being leaned on heavily with the Magic missing several key players. With Gordon out of the lineup against the Hawks, the ex-USC center logged 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 38 minutes of work.
The Magic are also leaning heavily on former Spurs great Jonathon Simmons. Simmons has played at least 33 minutes in each of his last eight games, and he’s averaging 19 points and 5.5 rebounds per game since the calendar flipped to December.
Gordon said on Tuesday that he’s symptom-free, but the Magic announced early Wednesday that he’ll remain sidelined for tonight’s game. Former lottery pick Mario Hezonja started in Gordon’s spot against the Hawks over the weekend.The Fancy Table
Montrezl Harrell does not let his inconsistent playing time deter him from working on his game. Often, Harrell will return to the Clippers practice facility in Playa Vista after a game to get in his own private workout.
He refuses to sulk about his playing time or complain about not getting off...
The Clippers are only 10-15, and their two game winning streak would have been paltry in the Chris Paul era. But there’s no denying the optimism and fun that this team has been able to bring out in recent games. It’s mostly good today!Good:
Sweet Lou Williams: Lou Williams is playing like an All Star. He’s averaging 19.6 points and 4.7 assists per game on 44.9/39.6/89.6 shooting, which is incredible efficiency. He generates buckets whenever the Clippers’ offense runs dry, he has chemistry with every Clippers’ big man, and he has demonstrated a proficiency for coming up clutch. Not much else needs to be said. He’s phenomenal.
Milos and Danilo Return: The Clippers are, finally, getting healthy. Yes, Gallinari missed last night’s game against the Raptors with a left glute contusion, but that’s not an injury that should keep him out for more than a game or two. Gallo also had his best game as a Clipper on Saturday against the Wizards on Saturday, getting to the line, making plays for others, and generally just looking comfortable. Meanwhile, Milos made his long awaited return yesterday, and it was worth the wait. He didn’t have any assists, but his crisp passing and sure-handed running of the offense was a welcome change from the iso-dominant ball of previous weeks. As he gets his legs under him, and the rest of the Clippers become more adjusted to his presence, expect fireworks. He can shoot, and can make passes nobody else on the team would even attempt. Between he, the rookies, and Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers shouldn’t lack for energy or excitement. If the Rooster and the passing wizard can stay healthy, this Clippers team could be something, even with Blake Griffin out.
Rooks Earning Minutes: One of the biggest complaints Clippers’ fans have had against Doc Rivers over the years is his failure to play young players. He’s bucked that trend this year, probably because all of the Clippers’ rookies have proven themselves worthy of minutes. Until this past game (where he missed all three of his shots and was benched for Sam Dekker), Jamil Wilson had been a bright spot for the Clippers, providing athleticism on defense and spacing on offense. While he might lose his spot to Dekker, he still gave the Clippers a few good games. CJ Williams is reliably competent on both ends of the court: he doesn’t force action on offense, and is a solid defender. Jawun Evans is improving every game, and looks increasingly decisive on the court. If his three-point shots continue to fall, look out. He’s fast, he has good playmaking instincts, and he tries super hard on defense. That seems like the making of an NBA rotation. Finally, there’s Sindarius Thornwell, one of five Clippers to have made an appearance in every game this season. While his offensive game needs work, especially attacking off the dribble, he is always active, and is already a good one on one defensive player. All four of these guys have shown more promise than any Clippers’ draft pick since at least 2013 (Reggie Bullock), or, more probably, 2010 with Eric Bledsoe and Al Farouq Aminu. That might be a sad statement on the Clippers’ recent draft history, but it’s also a compliment to their current batch of rookies, who have all shown promise.
Clippers in a Tough Spot in Standings: On one hand, the Clippers are sitting in a pretty good place to make a playoff push. Despite only being 10-15, they sit a mere 2 games back of the offensively challenged Utah Jazz for the 8th seed. The Thunder, regardless of their talent, don’t seem to be turning their season around any time soon. If Gallinari comes back soon, and the Clippers don’t suffer any more injuries, they could still be hanging around that 9th-10th spot in the West by the time Blake returns. All that is good if the Clippers want to make the playoffs. The dilemma is that being the 7th or 8th seed and getting destroyed by the Warriors or Rockets in the playoffs doesn’t seem nearly as helpful as being in the draft lottery and having a shot at a franchise-changing talent. Right now, the Clippers are stuck in the middle between the playoffs and the lottery. I think they should just let the games play out and see what happens, but there’s no question a tough choice awaits the Clippers front office if they stay in no-mans-land. Do they shop veterans like DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams for young players and draft picks? Or do they go all in on a playoff appearance? A lot rests on the Clippers keeping their heads above water until Blake returns (and on Blake coming back in a semi-timely manner). Until then, they have to hope the Thunder remain as hopeless as they’ve looked most of this season.
Not Seeing This Team At Full Health: It sucks that this team has been as crippled as injuries as it has been. With the young guys playing so well, and with such fantastic performances from Lou Williams and Austin Rivers, it’s tempting to dream about how good this team might have been with Pat Beverley and Blake Griffin. With how weak the West has been this season, it’s quite possible a healthier Clippers team could be up there with the Wolves fighting for 4th in the Conference. It’s not hard to see this team with Blake and Pat being four games over .500 instead of four under, and they probably would have been incredibly fun as well. Oh well. Such is life as a Clippers fan. As long as the Clippers stay mostly healthy for the rest of the year, this season is plenty salvageable. And, if they close out the season strong, there’s also a possibility most of this crew comes back again next year.
For a team that’s 10-15, especially considering it’s the Clippers, there’s a remarkable amount of positive energy around this team at the moment. With any luck it will translate into a winning streak!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Doc Rivers thought maybe the Clippers had a chance. They had talent, he thought. They could surprise people.
Injuries threatened all of that, but Monday, at least for one night, they found a new hope.
On the same night he was honored with a “Star Wars”-themed...
The Clippers, without Blake Griffin, Pat Beverley, or Danilo Gallinari, beat a 17-8 Raptors team with the 3rd best point differential in the NBASummary:
The Clippers scrapped a win together without three starters tonight, using the combined efforts of the team as a whole to make up for lack of star power. The Clippers trailed by as many as 13, and were down almost the entire game. They pulled ahead with 3 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, and never looked back, shutting down the Raptors and making clutch plays when needed. The 1st quarter was one to forget, with the Raptors scoring at will and the Clippers looking discombobulated on offense. The second quarter saw them surging back behind a strong performance from the bench, notably Montrezl Harrell. Harrell just ate up poor Raptors’ big man Jakob Poeltl, who couldn’t control him on the offensive glass or around the basket. Without Harrell’s 12 points in the quarter, the game may have slipped away. Instead, the Clippers continued to hang around even after Harrell checked out. Their defense picked up, but they were also the beneficiary of a bunch of missed Raptors’ shots.
The second half continued in much the same way. The Clippers couldn’t pull out in front, yet the Raptors were also unable to generate any distance, and seemed completely out of rhythm. The bench once again brought a lot of energy, particularly Jawun Evans, Sindarius Thornwell, and Harrell. There was a scary moment when Harrell came down hard on his knee and rolled around in pain, but he was up a couple minutes later, and played for a bit longer before sitting. Doc interestingly went with Sam Dekker at power forward down the stretch (he’d played well all night), and this paid off, as Dekker made some nice passes, grabbed rebounds, and generally did good things outside of missing jumpshots. The end of the game was largely controlled by DeAndre Jordan, who simply couldn’t be stopped on the offensive glass. He had a crucial tip-in on a Lou Williams miss, and his volleyball tap out on the missed free throw by Dekker in the waning seconds sealed the game for the Clips.
· Milos Returns: Milos Teodosic made his long-awaited comeback tonight in exciting fashion, scoring 12 points, nailing a clutch three, and amping up the team with some ferocious celebrations. He didn’t have an assist, shockingly, though that was mostly just due to teammates missing shots. It was everything Clippers’ fans could have hoped for in his return: the ball was zinging around noticeably more than usual, the team was playing at a faster pace, and Milos himself looked reasonably in shape (he played 21 minutes). The Clippers shot the ball horribly tonight, and Milos himself was part of that (4-12 overall, 2-9 from three), but the offense just looked better tonight, and a lot of that credit can probably go to Milos. As he gets further integrated into the rotation, it will be interesting to see who loses minutes to him. Because he will deserve at least 30 a night when he’s back with legs fully under him.
· Sam Dekker Re-Emerges: One game after not playing when Gallinari made his return, Dekker was a crucial figure in tonight’s win, playing 27 minutes, including the last 8 down the stretch. He continues to misfire on jumpers, but his cutting to the basket is very nice, and he was strong on the defensive glass tonight as well. He may have just retaken his rotation spot from Jamil Wilson, though it will be tough to play him if his shots don’t start falling. It was a great game from him though, and the exact kind of effort the Clippers need: energy, low-usage, and doing small things.
· Harrell Is a Beast: Montrezl has firmly cemented himself as the Clippers’ backup center over Willie Reed. He is explosive around the basket on both ends, and provides a ton of energy. He kept the Clippers afloat in the 2nd half, and his post game is a legitimate weapon against smaller or weaker defenders. Sometimes he can get outmatched size-wise, but he’s earned minutes even against bigger players. Harrell has been the backbone of the Clippers’ improved second unit over the past few games (Lou Williams is obviously the motor), and is just fun to watch.
· Austin and Lou are Quiet: Both guards played well overall, they just weren’t as explosive as fans have come to expect in recent weeks. It’s a fantastic sign that the Clippers were able to win a game without massive performances from one or both scoring guards: they can do so with wins and balanced efforts from up and down the roster. The Clippers won’t win much if Lou and Austin shoot as poorly as they did tonight, but that seems unlikely. They can’t rely on those two players to carry the team night after night, and tonight was a sign that they hopefully won’t need to.
· Gallo Out with Injury: Right now it isn’t clear what happened to Gallo, only that he sat the game with the same injury he had before: a strained left glute. It’s probable that he aggravated the injury, which is a really bad sign. Missing a contest after just one game back is not what the Clippers need. With any luck he will be back soon.
· Doc Goes Deep: Doc played 11 guys tonight, which probably isn’t something that will work long-term. Players generally like set rotations with a decent chunk of minutes so they can get into rhythm, and having 11 players in the rotation is a bit choppy. When Gallinari returns one of either Wilson or Dekker will leave the rotation (probably Wilson after tonight), and as Teodosic recovers it’s possible CJ Williams or Jawun Evans loses their spot as well. It will be interesting to see who Doc goes with as the Clippers continue to get healthy.
· Clippers 10th in Standings: The Clippers, at 10-15, are somehow in 10th place in the West (admittedly tied with the Lakers), and are only two games back of the 8th spot. The Thunder are flailing, and the Jazz, Pelicans, and Blazers have all been very inconsistent. The Clippers have a chance to make a push into the playoff picture as they start to round into shape (please no more injuries), though they are embarking on a four game road trip. They need to win their next game at Orlando, and then split the Heat-Wizards back to back. The final stop is in San Antonio, which will be a rough game. If the Clippers come out of that stretch 2-2, and with Gallinari and Teodosic healthy, they could be in position to make a run going into the holidays.
This was a fun one tonight. Go Clippers!
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It just never stops.
The same night that they get guard Milos Teodosic back from a foot injury that has cost him over a month of his season, the Clippers have lost starting small forward Danilo Gallinari to a new glute injury. Gallinari had missed 13 games with a different glute injury before returning to the Clippers’ lineup for the last two games, but suffered a hard fall in the team’s last win against the Washington Wizards and will now be out for a least a couple more games as he tries to recover enough to re-join the lineup.
It’s the latest injury to a starter for the Clippers, who haven’t been able to catch a break all season. Star forward Blake Griffin could miss up to eight weeks with a sprained MCL, starting point guard and all-defense first teamer Patrick Beverley will miss the season following knee surgery, Teodosic has only played in two games due to a plantar fascia injury, and Gallinari is now going to miss even more time.