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The LA Clippers earned their 37th win of the season against the Chicago Bulls, led by DeAndre Jordan’s dominant performance.
Entering the night, the LA Clippers had gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, sported the 7th-best offense in the NBA, and held 7th place in the Western Conference standings. The difference between 3rd and 10th place in the West has been only a handful of games, and with just 17 games remaining in their regular season, the Clippers would begin the first of 10 on the road (3 on this trip). They have upcoming 3 pairs of back-to-back games, with 14 of their remaining matchups coming against teams with winning records. Tonight was one of the few games remaining against a lottery-bound team, making it a must-win.
The Chicago Bulls were without Lauri Markkanen (back) and Justin Holiday (DNP-CD), both notable contributors for an already-struggling team. The Bulls entered the night with a 23-43 record, having won just 3 of their previous 10 games. Though they had a dismissible record, they did just come off a 129-point performance in Atlanta; they have shown an ability to score by committee and pass well, often making them a tough team to guard. They held the lead for most of the 2nd quarter, and even kept it close much of the night. Close calls aside, and despite a very mediocre defensive performance, the Clippers would prevail, 112-106.
DeAndre Jordan led the way for the Clippers with a monster outing of 29 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists (!), 2 blocks, and 1 steal on 11-12 shooting from the field. Lou Williams, who had a game-high 5 turnovers, made up ground with his 26 points and 5 assists, also going 13-14 at the free throw line. Tobias Harris, Austin Rivers, and Montrezl Harrell would also finish the game in double-figures, with all but Wesley Johnson and Boban Marjanovic putting points on the board. The Clippers can also credit their win to excellent ball movement, finishing with 27 assists on 37 made field goals.
Getting to the Line
The Clippers managed to eke out a win against the Bulls despite getting out-rebounded 45-42, losing the points-in-the-paint battle 54-60, and turning the ball over 14 times (vs the Bulls’ 9). The Bulls also attempted 25 more field goals than the Clippers in the matchup, taking 101 shots from the floor versus the Clippers’ 76. The Clippers can credit some heroic performances and excellent ball movement, but getting to the free throw line was the biggest factor in their win. The Clippers started doing their damage from the stripe early on; with 9:33 remaining in the 2nd quarter, the Clippers were already in the bonus. By the end of the first half, the Clippers had already gone 15-21 at the line. The Bulls, by contrast, had taken just 3 free throw attempts by halftime.
The Clippers got to the line so often by pushing the ball up the floor from the jump. Though it sometimes resulted in some careless passing, being aggressive in transition allowed them to create defensive mismatches and confusion for the Bulls. The Clippers finished the night 30-41 from the free throw line, with 20 of those coming from Jordan and Williams. This has been a strength for the Clippers all season long, and will need to continue to be going forward.
Foul trouble ultimately hurt the Bulls, disrupting their rhythm and forcing lineup changes, but they deserve credit on a few fronts. While moral victories are virtually non-existent in the NBA, the Bulls were clearly out-matched in talent but lost by just 6 points. The Bulls finished the night with 26 assists on 43 made field goals, committing just 9 turnovers in the process. Bobby Portis led the way, off the bench, with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 steals on 50% shooting from the field and from the arc. David Nwaba, Robin Lopez (who only played in the first half), Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and Cameron Payne all finished the night in double-figures. This Bulls team shares the ball, plays hard on defense, and finds ways to keep games close, and that’s about as much as you can ask for from a very young, developing group.
The Clippers will enjoy tonight’s win for now, but it’s going to be a tough road ahead. They will face the league-leading Houston Rockets on Thursday, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. With Avery Bradley expected to miss the remainder of the season, and Danilo Gallinari not expected to return any time soon, this Clippers team will need to dig deep to find ways to win.
DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points and 18 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 26 and the Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 112-106 on Tuesday night.
Tobias Harris added 18 points, and the Clippers took control late in the third quarter on the way to their fifth win in six games.
Bobby Portis led Chicago...
Clippers guard Avery Bradley had successful surgery Tuesday to repair abdominal muscles, the team announced. Bradley will be out six to eight weeks.
The Clippers, who are fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, have just five weeks left in the regular season, meaning Bradley won’t...
The LA Clippers open a 3-game road trip against the Chicago Bulls.
The LA Clippers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, are currently sporting the 7th-best offense in the NBA, and are now 7th place in the Western Conference standings. But the schedule ahead will be tough, and tonight’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls has trap-game potential. Still without Danilo Gallinari, and with Avery Bradley just ruled out for the rest of the season, they will need to remain focused as a group and not allow a must-win to slip away.
Kilpatrick hasn’t done much, but he’ll get 10 more days.
Clippers will sign Sean Kippatrick to a second 10-day contract, per source.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) March 13, 2018
Kilpatrick only made two appearances for the Clippers on his first 10-day, averaging 2 points. He played 11 minutes last Sunday against the Nets, scoring 2 points on 1-4 shooting and adding an assist. In 4 minutes against the Pelicans on Tuesday, he again had 2 points, this time on 1-2 shooting. He didn’t get any playing time in the Clippers’ back-to-back against the Cavaliers and Magic last weekend.
It seems unlikely that the Clippers will keep Sean around for the rest of the season after his second 10-day expires. On March 24th, when the G-League regular season ends, the Clippers will be able to transfer Tyrone Wallace and C.J. Williams back up to the NBA roster without converting them to rest-of-season deals. Wallace and Williams won’t be playoff eligible based on that transfer, that is contingent upon contract conversion.
In the meantime, it makes sense to keep Kilpatrick around for 10 more days, especially with today’s news that Avery Bradley will miss the remainder of the season following surgery. Kilpatrick offers depth at shooting guard in the coming games before Wallace and Williams can be brought back up.
The Clippers officially announced today that guard Avery Bradley will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his adductor muscle.
This wasn’t unexpected news, but is still disappointing. Avery Bradley was considered a significant piece of the Blake Griffin trade as a 3 and D guard who could fill in for the injured Patrick Beverley. Instead, Bradley never looked 100%, and played only six up-and-down games with the Clippers before the All Star Break. He hasn’t played since, and now he’s going to miss the rest of the season.
For the Clippers, this means there will be even more pressure on young players Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans. There is no prospect of reinforcements (though Tyrone Wallace and CJ Williams will probably return after the G-League season is over) on the horizon, and the rookies will have to play real rotation minutes the rest of the season. Sin and Jawun have shown themselves ready to the challenge, but neither have the outside shooting or experienced defense of Bradley. There’s no question his absence will hurt.
For Bradley, the surgery makes sense. He’s a free agent this summer, and has already lost a lot of money due to his subpar season. Returning to play this season and fighting through an injury to play wasn’t going to help his cause. The Clippers said he should recover in six to eight weeks, but he will need rehab after that. Even with a lengthier recovery time, he should be healthy by free agency, and will be fully in game shape by next October, which is what really matters to him.
Bradley might re-sign with the Clippers. They’ve said they like him, and his value has gone down so much they could keep him for a lot cheaper than they might have thought a few months ago. But there’s still a good possibility that Avery Bradley’s brief Clippers’ stint is already over.