Los Angeles – Are These Clippers Morning People?
Slacked at the start of last season, on Friday, the Clippers played – and won – their second of 10 matinee competitions this season and second of three in this four-game period. (They’ll be back on Sunday for another 12:30 start against the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors (16-2).)
After a Luka Doncic-less Mavericks edit in last Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. game, there was no thank-you malaise for the Clippers on Friday, at least not immediately, when they were overtaken by the developing Detroit Pistons. and held on to a 107-94 victory before 18,139 at Staples Center. After dropping three of their last four matches, the Clippers have never been behind in this one.
Despite rippling around the arena, an advance bye to the Pistons (4-15), Paul George and Reggie Jackson checked back into the game with 5:28 and the Clippers leading just 94-76 – some of their 29 – The point is the lead is evaporating.
With the game relatively at hand, Clippers coach Tyrone Lew took another look at the two-part lineup as 7-footer Isaiah Hartenstein and 6-10 Serge Ibaka shared the court for the second time on Friday – the first game of the season. When he’d went out there together.
The Clippers could afford to do some live-action workshops against a poorly-shooting Pistons team whose performances Friday — 90 for 33 (36.0%) and 3 for 33 (24.2%) from 3-point range — in their season Didn’t help stats Detroit came in last in the NBA shooting 40.7% overall and 29.5% from the back of the arc.
Meanwhile, the Clippers improved to 10-8, even as they cooled down as the game went on; After leading 64-40 at halftime, the Clippers were reduced to a 56-43 lead in the second half.
He scored 39 for 91 (42.9%) and 11 for 38 from 3-point range – starting guard Eric Bledsoe set the tone by scoring his first four shots before three minutes.
Bledsoe was one of six clippers in the double digits on Friday; Jackson led L.A. with 21 points, Terrence Mann added 16 and a career-high 10 rebounds, and Ivica Zubac scored her sixth double-double this season, scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds in 22 minutes. was being taken.
And George? The Clippers’ seven-time All-Star equaled his season-lowest finish so far, with 12 points. But he logged 32 minutes and shot 5 for 18 and 1 for 9 from 3-point range, but had five rebounds and four assists.
Jeremy Grant led Detroit with 20 points and No. 1 overall draft pick Cade Cunningham added 10, though he particularly struggled off the field, shooting 3 for 13 and 0 for 5 from deep. Trey Lyles had 13 points.
There is much more to come on this story.