Moon is yet to be shot.
The Clippers signed Xavier Moon, the modest, quicker point guard, on Friday for a third 10-day hardship deal, extending his stay for five more games – starting Saturday in San Antonio – as teammates Luke Kennard and Justice Winslow. Awaiting the return of .
They have been in the COVID-19 health and safety protocol since January 1 and January 9 respectively. (On Tuesday, the Clippers also re-signed Wayne Gabriel to a second such 10-day deal.)
Kennard has missed the last seven games, blamed on social media to please his teammates – including Casting an All-Star Vote for Paul George on Twitter. Earlier this week, Clippers coach Tyrone Lew said he could not reveal anything about Kennard’s condition except that he was “still in protocol.”
Forward Nicolas Butam missed nine games after testing positive for COVID-19 and when he returned, he said he was “very ill”.
Battam was the first of 10 Clippers to have spent time in Protocol – including Moon, whose short stay under that position led him to play against his favorite player Chris Paul in Phoenix on January 6.
Otherwise, since making his NBA debut with the Clippers on December 27, the 27-year-old Moon has played six games and three games, shooting 41.2% from the floor, tallying 83 minutes, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five stalls. have created. Out of 10 3-point attempts.
The 6-foot-2 guard was one of the few Clippers who Lew could call a “juice” in an otherwise dry, heavy attempt at the Clippers Thursday in New Orleans, where the Pelicans beat the Clippers for the third time this season — Thursday There has been an average loss of 18.7 points after the 113-89 result.
But Moon played on Thursday as the Clippers beat New Orleans by four points in 14 minutes. He made four assists and scored 3 for 4 off the ground, including a 2 for 2 from 3-point range in a night when the Clippers as a team scored 38.3% from the floor and 29.4% from behind (34 out of 34). 10) was shot. arc
Jay Scrubs also finished plus-four in the box score on Thursday when the two-way prospect played in the first half of a game for the first time this season.
Scrubs took 2 for 6 off the ground – including a strong left-arm flush late in the game.
Were the opening minutes of the Scrubs a sign of a cognitive effort on the part of the Clippers, as a Bleacher Report story suggested this week, develop their young players with All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who are struggling with injuries. Were separated and the Clippers – 21-22 – spill water around .500 a little over half of the season?
Lew said no. The coach attributed the opening minutes of the Scrubs to the fact that Amir Coffey – one of those young players who is emerging as one of the Clippers’ most dependable options on the roster due to injuries and time in protocol – was a Minutes were on the ban two nights before entering a season-high 43 in a comeback win over Denver.
“We couldn’t drive him into the field, he played 43 minutes the other night,” Lew said via Zoom. “So Jay was going to get a chance to play. I thought he came in and did some cool stuff and to have some real NBA minutes in a meaningful game, I thought he did a good job.
“Not really fair because in his first game, he had a chance to get his feet wet, but I thought he took advantage of the opportunity.”
Clippers (21-22) and Spurs (15-26)
When: Saturday, 5:30 PM
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
TV / Radio: Bally Sports SoCal / 570 AM
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