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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Clippers in good headroom despite the uncertainty of the lineup

The last time the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Clippers was at the Staples Center on November 1, coach Mark Dino coined the term “empathy for the opposition.”

This was his way of describing the concept of accounting for the mental state of an opponent, which he said his young team was working on.

The Clippers entered the fight early in the season, desperate to win, losing four of their first five games, including the previous two, with a total of 32 points.

And then they came out and rallied to beat OKC 99-94 to kick off a seven-game season streak.

On Saturday in Oklahoma City, Tyrone Liu’s short squad will come into play, having just stumbled 124-103 away on Wednesday against the picking up Utah Jazz – but still feeling good.

Despite losing on Wednesday – and the fact that they could have played their fifth straight game without Paul George (sprained elbow) and their fourth straight game without biting Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle), both are considered Doubtful to play on Saturday – Clippers confident in which direction they are heading.

Do you know what helps in this? A four-game winning streak similar to the one that preceded Wednesday’s respectable defeat to the fully-staffed and rested Jazz.

“I thought we played some pretty good basketball for 32 minutes …” Liu said via Zoom on Wednesday night. “We’ve done some good things without staff involvement. We conceded a lot of goals on the floor, but I thought that our guys played hard, competed, we just didn’t have enough in attack. Hats off to these guys (on jazz), they played well, that’s all. ”

As for Thunder, they would be forgiven if they were still trying to figure out the end of their last defeat – a stunning 113-110 defeat against the New Orleans Pelicans.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, this was the first game in 25 years to feature some fun or daring strikes from 30+ feet in the last five seconds.

What’s more, Devonte Graham’s greatest dagger, a prayer sent from 61 feet away (it followed Shai Gilgeus-Alexander’s slippery and successful thrust from 30 feet), became the league’s longest winner in games. over the last quarter of a century.

Gilgeus-Alexander’s jaw dropped as Graham’s shot approached the target, and he later told reporters that from his vantage point, “he looked pretty good in the air. It looked better and better as it got closer to the network. ”

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And if the Clippers are trying to gauge how Dino’s squad is feeling … that flair hit extended Thunder’s losing streak to three games, which meant they lost 11 of their last 13.

ARENA COVID GUIDES

As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to dominate NBA news headlines, some rules have been updated locally for fans watching the games.

In accordance with the California Department of Health’s guidelines for mega-events, all unvaccinated fans over two years of age attending games must provide proof of a negative PCR test performed within two days of the event or an antigen test performed within one day. day of the event, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health website.

The Staples Center – as it will be called until it becomes Crypto .com Arena at Christmas – announced Friday that it has partnered with Medea Testing Solutions to provide guests with rapid COVID-19 antigen testing with a $ 0 cash payment. for those with insurance (or the federal uninsured program). Guests are encouraged to register and schedule their tests prior to the event on Medea’s website (medeatesting.com).

Meanwhile, according to the Oklahoman newspaper, viewing requirements at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City – the epicenter of the NBA’s fight against the coronavirus due to COVID-19 on March 11, 2020 – are currently less stringent.

After fans attending Thunder games were required to show evidence of full or partial COVID-19 vaccinations, or a negative test taken within 72 hours of playing during the first 10 regular season dates, Thunder terminated those protocols on December 1.

As of Tuesday, 52.6% of Oklahoma’s population was fully vaccinated, according to the Oklahoma Department of Health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national average is 61.3%.

With the Batum Expedition, who missed nine games due to the COVID-19 fight, none of the Clippers or Thunder have had a breakthrough this season.

CLIPERS (16-13) on THUNDER (8-19)

When: Saturday, 17:00

Where: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City

TV: Bally sports socal

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