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How long before we start reading articles about the Rivers (Father and Son) being on the way out of Clipperland?
Prince2250 » 11/20/17 » 10:49am
11/20/17 » 11:16am
#14 - LA Clippers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Olowokandi34 » 11/17/17 » 11:43am
11/20/17 » 10:54am
#13 - Philadelphia Sixers @ LA Clippers
Olowokandi34 » 11/13/17 » 8:27am (Page: 1, 2)
11/20/17 » 10:27am
#15 - LA Clippers @ Charlotte Hornets
Olowokandi34 » 11/18/17 » 6:23pm
11/20/17 » 10:02am
Future of the Clippers
gpack17 » 11/17/17 » 8:34am
11/18/17 » 8:02pm
The words and phrases that flowed from Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ mouth following his team’s eighth consecutive loss Saturday night were not complimentary in the least.
He called the 102-87 loss to the equally struggling Charlotte Hornets “a bad one.” He called out his players for “individual play”...
Shoot the basketball, Wesley Johnson.
He hears it all the time from the Clippers coaching staff.
And yet Johnson remains hesitant, despite knowing that coach Doc Rivers wants his small forward to shoot his shot when it’s available.
“They want me to shoot a little more,” Johnson said Saturday, smiling....
It’s a nightmare that you can’t wake up from.
The teams with the two longest losing streaks in the NBA clashed in Charlotte tonight, and the Clippers came out on bottom.
The Hornets managed to give their visitors an 8th consecutive loss while breaking a six-game losing streak of their own, led by Kemba Walker’s 26 points and a 16-point, 16-rebound performance by Dwight Howard. Nicolas Batum also made timely plays, finishing with 12 points and 7 assists, and Jeremy Lamb lifted Charlotte’s second unit with 17 points off of the bench.
For the Clippers, the game was relatively close through three quarters, but their fourth-quarter offense sputtered and they only managed 16 points in the final frame. Blake Griffin had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists, but struggled for much of the night on 6-17 shooting and looked visibly frustrated as the defense was able to heavily focus on him due to the absence of Clippers starters point guard Patrick Beverley, shooting guard Milos Teodosic, and small forward Danilo Gallinari.
The only other especially notable Clipper was Lou Williams, who added 25 points and 4 assists on 10-17 from the field, doing his best to provide LAC with the spark they needed to snap their losing streak. Ultimately, poor performances from other Clippers (Austin Rivers had 9 points on a poor 3-14 shooting performance, while Wesley Johnson shot 4-11 from the field and Willie Reed’s poor decision-making caused him to be benched for Montrezl Harrell after just 4 minutes) and a relatively invisible night from DeAndre Jordan left the Clippers well short of the offensive output necessary to win any NBA game.
With Beverley, Teodosic, and Gallinari out, the Clippers have extremely limited offensive weapons and can’t afford poor nights from normal rotation players like Rivers and Johnson—it isn’t reasonable to expect players like Sindarius Thornwell, Jawun Evans, and C.J. Williams to provide major offensive sparks.
Ultimately, while it stings to continue losing night after night, it’s hard to point to any significant change that the Clippers could make to change their fortunes. Austin Rivers has been poor as of late, but he’s also been slotted into a role which exposes his flaws—and Doc Rivers doesn’t have other options except to insert Lou Williams into the starting lineup, depriving the bench of any offense whatsoever. Sindarius Thornwell and Wesley Johnson have both made positive contributions this season, but neither is really close to being a starting-caliber NBA player. It isn’t much of a shock that the Clippers continue to lose when these are the players available to Doc.
Two silver linings:
- Both teams were on massive losing streaks, and both teams were on the second game of a back-to-back after rough losses last night. It could have easily been a horribly sloppy and unentertaining game—and while it was no masterpiece, at least the first three quarters made for some enjoyable viewing.
- Sam Dekker quietly had the best stretch I can remember of his short Clipper career, making a really positive contribution in the second quarter to help the Clippers’ bench keep the game close. He finished the game with 5 points and 4 rebounds in 15 minutes—far from stellar, but resembling the rotation player that he should be in a way that his recent performances have not.
The dumpster fire bowl!
Whoever loses this game is officially the worst.
Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert will miss a week because a left knee injury, the latest setback for a Cleveland point guard.
With Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas out with injuries, Shumpert has been starting for the Cavaliers, who won their fourth straight on Friday night, 118-113 in overtime.
Some more bouncing around for the two-way guard.
The Clippers have transferred C.J. Williams from the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a team announcement. Williams is on a two-way contract, which allows the team to send him back and forth between the NBA and G-League so long as he does not exceed 45 days on the NBA roster during the G-League season.
The Clippers’ other two-way player, Jamil Wilson, is also on the NBA roster at the moment as the Clippers account for injuries to all three of their perimeter starters: Patrick Beverley, Milos Teodosic, and Danilo Gallinari. Roster players like Jawun Evans, Lou Williams, and Sam Dekker seem to have an advantage over Williams and Wilson when competing for minutes, but it’s possible that either could get an opportunity tonight with the Clippers in Charlotte on the second night of a back-to-back.
It’s not going to be easy on the second night of a back to back.
The Clippers are having a bad time.
Last night, an over-performing LAC squad decimated by injuries managed to claw their way to a close game down the stretch against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, only to fall by a narrow margin in overtime.
It was the 7th straight loss for the Clippers, and all but one of those has been by single digits. This overtime loss, extending the Clippers’ longest losing streak since 2011, may have been enough to discourage a team that has shown resiliency despite missing three starters and suffering repeated losses during the last two weeks. Following it up with a flight and the second game of a road back-to-back? It seems like a recipe for a brutal blowout.
Fortunately for the Clippers, they aren’t taking on the best that the Eastern Conference has to offer. The Charlotte Hornets boast a 5-9 record identical to that of their struggling visitors, they carry a 6-game losing streak second only to the Clippers’, and they’re fresh off of blowing a fourth quarter lead last night to the miserably bad Chicago Bulls despite a 47-point outing from point guard Kemba Walker.
One key development to watch leading up to gametime: Kemba is listed as questionable tonight with a wrist injury. Walker leads the Hornets with 23.4 points and 6.5 assists per game, and without him their offense would turn heavily to secondary scorers like Jeremy Lamb, Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, and Frank Kaminsky. Charlotte would be forced to increase minutes to Malik Monk and Michael Carter-Williams, significantly leveling the playing field against a makeshift Clippers backcourt.
The Clippers will likely still be without all three of their perimeter starters tonight, as Patrick Beverley is listed as doubtful and both Milos Teodosic and Danilo Gallinari remain out. In their stead, the Clippers have started Austin Rivers, Sindarius Thornwell, and Wesley Johnson alongside mainstays Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, leading to increased opportunities off of the bench for Jawun Evans, Lou Williams, and Sam Dekker. Little-used big man Montrezl Harrell also shined in backup minutes for the Clippers last night, but it’s likely that Doc Rivers will go back to Willie Reed as the backup center tonight against Charlotte’s towering front line.
The game is at 4:00 PM Pacific time.
The Clippers lost 118-113 in overtime to the Cavaliers on Friday night in Cleveland.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
1. The Clippers made DeAndre Jordan a focal point of the offense early in the game against the Cavaliers, letting the 6-foot-11 center attack the 6-10 Kevin Love inside.
The Clippers could not close out on LeBron James and company, losing the first of a five-game road trip in spectacularly heartbreaking fashion.
The Los Angeles Clippers lost their seventh game in a row in heartbreaking fashion Friday, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 in overtime. Remarkably, the Clippers managed to lose the match-up despite never trailing Cleveland in all 48 minutes of regulation play.
The Clippers were hoping to snap a six-game losing streak, but lost steam at the end of each quarter and in the overtime period, allowing Cleveland to steal the win.
The Clippers were playing without starters Milos Teodosic, Danilo Gallinari and Patrick Beverley, but the Cavaliers were similarly short-handed, playing without Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson, and starting point guard Derrick Rose. It was reported before Friday’s game that Rose would miss “at least” two more weeks of play due to an ankle injury.First Half
Fans had reason to be cautiously optimistic in the first quarter of this East-West contest. The Clippers jumped out to a 12-0 lead (despite committing 4 turnovers in two minutes), behind great ball movement and solid defense. DeAndre Jordan was particularly good early on, dominating at the rim. He ended the quarter with 12 points and five rebounds.November 18, 2017 November 18, 2017
Unfortunately, the Clippers strong start was quickly mitigated by the Cavaliers, who went on a 15-6 run in the second half of the quarter, cutting the lead to three. At the end of one, the Clippers were only up 27-24.
In the second quarter, the Clippers continued to lead the Cavaliers, but could not break free of them. Dwyane “Benjamin Button” Wade all but single-handedly kept the Cavaliers in the game, scoring 17 points off the bench, with 11 of them coming from the free throw line. Fouls would be a problem for the Clippers throughout the half. They sent the Cavaliers to the line 20 times, while going to the line only twice times themselves. Clipper guards Thornwell, Austin Rivers, and Jawun Evans had difficulty playing effective defense without drawing a whistle; all found themselves with three fouls each before halftime.
Back-up center Montrezl Harrell got the call for this contest - rather than Willie Reed - and did not disappoint. Harrell proved solid off the bench as Jordan rested, scoring eight points and grabbing five boards in less than five minutes in the second quarter. The Cavaliers lack a strong rim protector, so the Clippers’ centers had their way in the paint. Harrell and Jordan combined for 24 points and 14 rebounds in the first half.
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Blake Griffin and Johnson also contributed offensively. They had 9 and 10 points respectively.Second Half & OT
Unfortunately, the success the Clippers had moving the ball and feeding their centers did not continue into the second half. Players stopped looking for high percentage shots inside and settled for outside shooting that had gone cold and short. They were also highly inconsistent in how well, and how much, they moved the ball. There were possessions where Rivers nearly dribbled out the clock on his own. Other times, Blake would take too long trying to back down double-teaming defenders, losing sight of the court and leaving teammates standing around. The Clippers did have a nice little 13-3 run early on in the third quarter to extend their lead to a game-high 15 points, but it was followed by 3 scoreless minutes that allowed the Cavaliers to end the quarter on a 12-0 run.
At the start of the fourth, the Clippers were clinging to an 81-78 lead. They would not relinquish that lead, but did allow the Cavaliers to tie the game 105-105 by the end of regulation. Cleveland was led by - no surprise here - LeBron James, who came up big with 16 points in the final 12 minutes. Rivers provided necessary offense for the Clippers, contributing 14 of his 16 points down the stretch after going 1-7 in the first half, but it was not enough for the Clippers to pull out the win.November 18, 2017
In overtime, the Clippers’ struggles continued. They were outscored 13-8 in the period, and watched yet another close game slip through their fingers.
James led all scorers with 39 points and added 14 rebounds and 6 assists for Cleveland. Kevin Love finished with 25 points, and Wade had 23 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.Clipper Notables:
- Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points, however, he did not shoot well. He went 8-of-25, including 4-of-17 after halftime.
- Jordan, despite his hot start, only had 4 points in the second half and overtime period. He finished the game with a season-high 20 points and 22 rebounds. Jordan’s performance on the boards brought his career rebound total to over 7000. He is the 8th youngest player to reach such a milestone.
- Johnson had a solid game on both ends of the floor. He contributed 3 steals, 4 blocked shots, 4 assists, 7 rebounds and a season-high 15 points.
- As a team, the Clippers had a total of 29 assists; a silver lining in this loss. Lou Williams led the way with 7, while Rivers and Griffin had 6 and 5 respectively. Hopefully the ball movement on offense continues, and becomes more consistent, particularly when Teodosic and Beverley return to the line-up.
NEXT UP: The Clippers face the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM PT.