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#64 - Cleveland Cavaliers @ LA Clippers
Olowokandi34 » 03/8/18 » 9:08pm
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Rob and Shapan talk about the season that was, and chat a little bit about the upcoming playoffs.
In the name of Rasheed Wallace, the Clippers played hard, my man. The Clippers sputtered to end the season as they finally ran out of gas, but there were positives even in the losses that ended the season. The season, in general, may have been a decent combination of competitive basketball and building for the future. Doc Rivers had a lot of redemption this season. Lou Williams, Austin Rivers, DeAndre Jordan, Tobias Harris all had great years. But now, the Clippers are back in the lottery, watching playoff games instead of being in them. And how about those playoffs? A lot to chop up, and the Rob and Shapan are here to talk about it on the Lob, the Jam, the Podcast!
One day after their regular season ended with a loss to the cross-town rival Lakers, and their playoff run ended at six consecutive appearances, the Clippers began to pick up the pieces Thursday by prioritizing their future.
Foremost is deciding whether to give coach Doc Rivers a contract extension...
Per David Aldridge of NBA.com, it is probable that Doc Rivers will be back at the helm of the Clippers for the 2018-2019 season.
Two NBA head coaches (Jeff Hornacek of the Knicks and Frank Vogel of the Magic) have already been fired within hours of the regular season’s end. Being a head coach in the NBA is a tough job, one where most coaches don’t have much job security or time to meet the expectations of management.
Therefore, even though Doc Rivers is one of the most respected coaches in the NBA, and performed masterfully this season, there are some reasonable doubts about his return to the Clippers next season. The Clippers are clearly going through a rebuild, and it is possible that either or the team don’t think he is the man for that particular job. However, per David Aldridge of NBA.com (one of the most respected journalists in the business), that view does not appear to be the case. Instead, he has been informed that Doc Rivers is “expected to return” next season.
Doc Rivers was phenomenal this season in managing a team beset by injury and staffed with young, inexperienced players. He got the Clippers to remain hungry and motivated to play hard all season, and the young players developed significantly under his watch. Next year seems like it might be another transitionary season, as the Clippers are trying to clear cap space for the summer of 2019. Doc has proven how capable he is in such a situation, and his joy for coaching was renewed this past year. Things are far from set in stone, but the 2018-2019 season will apparently see Doc take up his mantle as the coach of the Clippers once again, and that’s good news for Clippers’ fans.
League sources indicate that both Doc Rivers (Clippers) and Dave Joerger (Kings) are expected to return to their respective jobs next season, despite not making the playoffs this year.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) April 12, 2018
With the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated from playoff contention, it’s time to figure out what L.A. can take from this past season. After being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs this past Saturday night, the Los Angeles Clippers ‘ 2017-18 season was virtually over. It was quite the season for L.A.. Despite losing starting point guard Patrick Beverley […]
It was the end of the road for the Clippers and Lakers, both playing their final game of the regular season Wednesday night, the playoffs an afterthought and the future their main concerns now.
For the Clippers going forward, owner Steve Ballmer said before the team’s 115-100 loss to the Lakers...
Oh great, now the Lakers think they rule LA again.
Last game of the season. Bobi was ready... to box?
And competing in the heavyweight division… pic.twitter.com/aYCRgk0tf3— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 12, 2018
The Clippers’ season finale against the Los Angeles Lakers did not go down the way they anticipated Wednesday night. After taking an early lead in the first quarter, the Clippers fell behind, never to lead again. Defense was uninspired, offense was dismal and foul shooting was disastrous.
Here is your recap.First Quarter April 12, 2018
The Lakers began with Josh Hart, Julius Randle, Brook Lopez, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso. They would lose Caldwell-Pope to injury just two minutes into the game due to a shoulder sprain. He would not return.
It was a high scoring first frame for both franchises. Some might say the defense resembled an All-Star game (i.e. it wasn’t good). Harris got going early for the Clippers, and finished the quarter with 12 points.April 12, 2018
Thornwell added 6, and Johnson 5.
At the end of one, Lakers led by seven, 39-32Second Quarter
The Clippers were out-hustled by the Lakers throughout the second quarter. The Lakers shot well, and were able to get easy, uncontested baskets. Without many offensive options for the Clippers, the Lakers were able to extend and hold a double digit lead.April 12, 2018
Notably, Austin Rivers shot horribly in the half, going 0-7 from the field. It’s not clear what role his nagging elbow injury played in his underwhelming performance.
At the half, the Clippers trailed the Lakers by 11: 53-64.Stats at the Half
- First Quarter FG%: 52%
- Second Quarter FG%: 42%
- 3-Pointers: 4-14
- Turnovers: 5
- Points off turnovers: 6
- Fast Break Points: 2
- Rebounds: 20
- Tobias Harris: 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
- Wesley Johnson: 8 points, 2 assists
- Montrezl Harrell: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
- C.J. Williams: 6 points, 1 reb, 1 ast, 1 steal
- Sam Dekker: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
- First Quarter FG%: 56%
- Second Quarter FG%: 45%
- 3-Pointers: 8-20
- Turnovers: 6
- Points off turnovers: 2
- Fast Break Points: 14
- Rebounds: 24
- Josh Hart: 14 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists
- Gary Payton II: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
- Brook Lopez: 11 points
Things went from bad to worse for the Clippers in the third quarter. The Lakers were seemingly hitting everything, and extended their lead to 20. Josh Hart was particularly hot. By the end of the third, Hart had racked up 28 points, on 7-9 shooting from behind the 3-point line. Hart was one of four Lakers in double figures after 36 minutes of play.
By contrast, Harris was the only Clipper in double figures after three frames with 23 points. The Clippers offense was simply not happening. Rivers’ offense was sorely missed. His poor performance in the first half carried over to the third quarter. By the end of three Rivers was 0-9 from the field and 1-2 from the line. He would not return to the floor in the final quarter.
At the end of three the Lakers enjoyed an 18-point lead: 92-74.Fourth Quarter
Doc started the final frame with a high energy crew including Boban Marjanovic, Dekker, Tyrone Wallace, Thornwell and Harrell. They made an admirable push, but never got closer to the Lakers than 10. Marjanovic (12), Dekker (10), Thornwell (12) and Harrell (15) would all finish the game in double figures, along with Harris (23).
I will say it was fun to see Dekker get teed up after a little scuffle withLaker’s center Thomas Bryant. Say what you will about Dekker, I’ve enjoyed watching him play this season. He’s not the most skilled player on the floor, but is relatively agile and gives 100% at all times. Love his effort.
Not quite sure why Doc waited until the last minute of the third quarter to put Boban in the game, because once in he was quite unstoppable. Boban finished the game with a double-double, scoring 12 points (10 in the fourth quarter) and grabbing 10 rebounds in under 13 minutes of play.
Final game stats for the Clippers:
The Lakers were led by Hart (30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal); Payton (25 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist); Lopez (14 points); and Caruso (15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists).
Not really much more to say. This was a disappointing loss to end the season, particularly because it gives obnoxious Laker fans something to boast about for the next few months.
The Clippers finish the 2017-18 season with a 42-40 record.END NOTES
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... before Wednesday’s game Doc reflected on this year’s Clipper squad with long-time Clipper announcer Ralph Lawler.
- DeAndre’s last game as a Clipper? DeAndre Jordan has not been able to reach a deal with the Clippers over the last few months and many speculate that he will test free agency this summer. Jordan has quietly accomplished many things this season, including breaking Randy Smith’s records for the most games played by a Clipper (750) and most seasons played with the franchise (10); and achieving a 5th consecutive season with 1,000+ rebounds. Unfortunately Jordan was unable to get a double-double against the Lakers, so fell one game short of tying Elton Brand’s franchise record (265). An under-rated big man.
- I’ve frequently sung the praises of Montrezl Harrell, and won’t stop now. Harrell had an absolutely FANTASTIC season, with 43 double-digit scoring games. His energetic contributions to the Clippers were largely unexpected and highly appreciated.
- The 2018 NBA draft is just around the corner! The draft will be held on June 21, 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It currently looks like the Clippers will have the 12th and 13th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. The offseason, free agency and draft are things to look forward as a Clipper fan. The rebuild is on! #TrustTheLogo
- Clippers in the BIG3 League! Keep visiting ClipsNation during the summer for coverage of the second season of Ice Cube’s BIG3 League. The eight-team 3-on-3 basketball league will begin a new season on June 22. The BIG3 draft will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 5 p.m. PT. It will be televised live on FS1, and viewers can live-stream it at Fox Sports Go. A number of former Clippers will be suiting up this season, including everyone’s favorite (admit it) ... Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
FINALLY - Thank you for the support, opinions and good times this season! The best is yet to come!
There were no balloons.
That’s the first thing you noticed outside Staples Center on Wednesday afternoon, shortly before the NBA ended early in Los Angeles for the first time in 13 years.
There were no balloons. There was no music. There were none of the usual festivities that decorate Chick Hearn...
Grab your drink of choice and discuss the game here!
INJURY UPDATE (6:10 p.m.): Austin Rivers has been upgraded to available (right elbow soreness), Lou Williams has now been ruled out (sprained right ankle), and Montrezl Harrell has been listed as game time decision (left shoulder strain). Oh me, oh my.#CurrentMood Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
So. Here we are.
Last game of this surprisingly fun season.
Last chance to show everyone how witty and knowledgeable you are in our Game Thread.
Let’s go out on a win, mmmmkay?#TheHomeTeam