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#24 - Washington Wizards @ LA Clippers
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Rob and Shapan are back to discuss the pros and cons between making a playoff push vs. going gently into the lottery.
The Clippers are in an interesting position right now. Amazingly, they're one back in the loss column away from the 8th seed, but they're also 3 losses away from having the second worst record in the West. Which way will this team go? Good news is that Danilo Gallinari is back from injury and had a very good game against the Wizards, and it sounds like Milos Teodosic is on his way back as well. With these guys coming back and Blake Griffin on the horizon, is it enough to get out of the tank? Rob and Shapan are back to talk this and more on the latest episode of the Lob, the Jam, the Podcast!
The dime-dropping rookie guard could be returning to the lineup.
According to Clippers PR, guard Milos Teodosic has been upgraded to questionable for Monday night’s contest against the Toronto Raptors as he aims to return from a plantar fascia injury suffered over a month ago during the Clippers’ second game of the season. The 30-year-old rookie from Serbia quickly became a fan favorite during the pre-season and in his two regular season games, earning a place in the starting lineup and providing the spacing and vision that opened up the team’s offense for everyone on the court. With fellow backcourt starter Patrick Beverley now out for the season following knee surgery, and the team’s leader in points and assists, Blake Griffin, out for several more weeks with a knee injury of his own, Teodosic will provide the Clippers with a much-needed infusion of offensive firepower.
Monday night is also Star Wars night at STAPLES Center, where fans will receive a Milos Teodosic Jedi Knight Bobblehead—a fitting time for him to make his return to the lineup.
Is Teodosic’s return enough to stop Toronto’s winning streak?
The Clippers might finally have the majority of their starting lineup intact for the first time since November 7th against the San Antonio Spurs. Milos Teodosic, the Serbian guard who is in his first NBA season at 30 years old, went down with a plantar fascia injury in the Clippers’ second game—playing just 32 minutes so far this year. His prolific passing ability and veteran leadership as a lead guard is a huge asset to the team under any circumstances, but it’s especially crucial now, with starting point guard Patrick Beverley out for the season and All-NBA power forward Blake Griffin (who leads the team in assists per game) out for at least several more weeks. If Teodosic is able to return tonight, it could be a great step towards offensive success for a team that has been leaning far too heavily on guards Lou Williams and Austin Rivers (despite admirable performances by both).
The Clippers also recently had starting small forward Danilo Gallinari return to the lineup, and he had his best game since signing with Los Angeles this summer, posting 25 points in the team’s narrow win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Saturday’s real hero, however, was Lou Williams, who has almost certainly been the Clippers’ most valuable player this season. Williams led the Clippers with 35 points and hit a game-winning three-pointer in the game’s waning seconds to lead the Clippers to the victory—their first since his herculean 42-point effort gave them a win against the Lakers two weeks ago.
Even in Teodosic’s absence, Lou Williams has only been a part-time starter for the Clippers, sometimes playing alongside Austin Rivers and other times coming off of the bench to lead the second unit, but then playing plenty of minutes with the starters as well. The Clippers are 2-3 with Williams in the starting lineup (compared to 2-5 with Sindarius Thornwell starting) and his presence has given Austin Rivers more room to operate, making the offense run better as a whole (when Thornwell started the Clippers’ last game, they went down 13-0 before Doc Rivers made early substitutions). However, playing Williams and Rivers with each other means having to survive stretches when both are on the bench and two second-round rookies are filling the guard roles. The Clippers have a miserable -14.0 net rating in the 115 minutes this season where Thornwell and Evans have played together.
Teodosic helps solve some of those problems—he becomes the clear favorite to start alongside Austin Rivers (though he may come off the bench initially as he gets back into rhythm), and his presence will give Austin and Danilo room to operate just like Lou does. Then, Lou can bring his magic to the second unit—and don’t bet against Doc Rivers playing all three guards together at times, with Gallinari at power forward and DeAndre Jordan at center.
Tonight, the Toronto Raptors present the Clippers with yet another talented backcourt that they’ll struggle to contain defensively without Patrick Beverley. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are both elite talents, and while Austin Rivers will be overmatched by whichever assignment he draws, both Teodosic and Williams will be major liabilities in their inevitable time guarding Toronto’s All-Star guards. It’s something the Clippers will just have to get used to, as they’ll spend the rest of the season shorthanded defensively at the guard positions in a league full of talented scoring guards.
The Raptors are surging right now, at 8-2 in their last 10 games with a six-game winning streak and halfway through what they hope will be a perfect 4-0 Western Conference swing. In a unlikely twist, the Clippers actually present Toronto with their toughest test of the trip as their other opponents are Memphis, Phoenix, and Sacramento, who all have worse records than the Clippers—and L.A. is likely better than their record as they get players back from injury.
Still, it’s going to be a difficult one for LAC. Toronto has the third-best margin of victory in the NBA behind only Houston and Golden State, and their normal core of Lowry, DeRozan, Ibaka, and Valenciunas is bolstered by quality depth that includes new signee C.J. Miles and a variety of prospects who are coming into their own. The most notable young contributor is O.G. Anunoby, who has worked his way into the starting lineup after being selected 23rd overall in last June’s draft. The Raptors’ rotation also features Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Jacob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira (who will miss this game with a calf injury) and Delon Wright (who will miss this game with a shoulder injury)—a collection of homegrown talent that is likely unrivaled in any other NBA team’s rotation.
The Clippers have done their best to build a roster that gives Doc Rivers options and depth akin to Toronto’s, but L.A. is years behind in the mission of drafting rotation-caliber prospects, and recent struggles from more experienced players like Wesley Johnson, Sam Dekker, and Willie Reed have left Doc leaning heavily on four rookies—Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell, who were taken in the second round of the 2017 draft, and C.J. Williams and Jamil Wilson, who are on two-way contracts.
Ultimately, the Clippers are in a position where, especially if Teodosic returns, they have enough offensive firepower between him, Rivers, Gallinari, and Williams to potentially challenge any team on a given night—that gives them a good chance to pick up some wins in the coming weeks with Blake Griffin out. However, the Raptors are one of the toughest tests in the league, making a win unlikely for L.A., with more realistic targets upcoming in their next three games against Orlando, Washington, and Miami.
Every day, it seems, Milos Teodosic edges closer to playing again.
And yet every day the Clippers present an injury update, it seems, there remains an uncertainty about when the point guard will resume playing.
But the latest injury report by the Clippers Sunday listed Teodosic as “questionable”...
DeAndre Jordan smiled as Lou Williams dressed next to him, the Clippers center obviously looking forward to taking a friendly jab at a teammate who had just carried L.A. in its desperate time of need.
He referenced the Drake song “6 Man,” in which he raps about Williams.
“Like a Lou Will — they...
A strange finish leaves the Clippers with a much-needed victory.
With 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the Clippers trailing by two points, DeAndre Jordan collected an offensive rebound and found Austin Rivers on the wing for a dramatic three-pointer that could well have proven to be the game-winning basket.
With 8 seconds remaining, Bradley Beal cut backdoor and finished an And-1 against late help defense from Wesley Johnson, putting the Wizards back on top by two points with another potential game-winner.
And with just 1.2 seconds remaining, a Lou Williams three-pointer found the bottom of the net, finally settling the game at its final score of 113-112.
Some clock confusion led to the Wizards getting a two chances at the end, but the Clippers narrowly escaped.
After a horrific 13-0 deficit to start the game, the Clippers were able to turn the first half around and actually lead by 13 going into halftime. Jawun Evans, the little-used rookie point guard, was instrumental in turning the first quarter around, providing a quick 8 points to help the Clippers’ offense get moving. Then, as Danilo Gallinari shook off the rust from his recent injury, he overcame a slow shooting start to finish with 25 points on 8-19 shooting, his best game as a Clipper.
When Austin Rivers and the other starters re-entered the game in the second quarter, they followed the second unit’s example and picked up their play. Austin finished with 16 points and 7 assists, including the crucial late three-pointer that gave the Clippers the lead with 12 seconds to go.
The star of the show for the Clippers, however, was Lou Williams, who continues to be L.A.’s best player. He posted 35 points and 8 assists in 37 minutes off of the bench, adding a team-best +14 (that means they lost by 13 in the 11 minutes that he sat) and had 7 points in the final 1:17 as the Clippers overcame a late 6-point deficit to pull ahead in the waning seconds.
The Clippers improve to 9-15 on the season, still well below the .500 mark but only narrowly out of the playoff hunt in the Western Conference (7th, 8th, and 9th place all have 13 losses, with the Clippers in 10th). With Milos Teodosic returning in the next couple of games, L.A. will hope to have a strong close to 2017 and be close to .500 by the time 2018 rolls around.
Lou Williams hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
With Bradley Beal guarding him, Williams unleashed the winner from the top of the key, capping a wild final 12 seconds in which both teams...