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Monday, December 6, 2021

The Clippers’ schedule doesn’t do them a favor

One thing about life in the NBA: It comes to you fast. And it keeps on coming.

So a seven-game winning streak that was alive less than a week ago can feel like a distant memory after a team has lost three out of four games in six days.

The Clippers – who went 9-7 in Sunday’s matinee against Dallas, the first of two against the Mavericks, whose star Luka Doncic is believed to be on a day-to-day basis with a left knee and ankle sprain – in the middle of the game. There has only been one time for more than a day. They were the last team to start the season on 21 October.

Tyrone Lew’s team finished five matches in seven days—of which the Clippers have more than every team except the Portland Trail Blazers, who also have five. It’s five teams over seven, which isn’t a stretch with so many games in a week.

Asked in August about the Clippers’ massive five-to-seven numbers on Sports Illustrated’s crossover podcast, and Evan Wash, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball strategy and analysis, said the NBA isn’t trying to “be mean.” Was. Shear.

“They have five, another team with five, another team with four, and multiple teams with three,” said Wash, who also responds to “schedule czars” around the NBA.

He noted that the league also considers a number of other metrics, including travel miles (the Clippers will cover 48,008 miles, actually the fourth-highest in the NBA, per positiveresidual.com), total number of back-to-back travel miles (the Clippers will cover 48,008 miles, according to PositiveResidual.com) is) 14, which is more than the 12 other teams) and the location of those back-to-back (at least five clippers are in the same field).

There is also the matter of relative comfort, such as the number of times a team plays an opponent at the tail end of back-to-back, and in that regard the Clippers should have an advantage 11 times – but the rest are at a loss 14 times .

“So the Clippers and Portland are really two teams with five five-seven this year,” Wash said on the podcast. “That’s where the chips fell, but … that means they’ll have more instances of two days off and three days off, because when you compress a portion of the schedule, by definition , it means the other part is lighter.”

So, theoretically, with 10 two-day breaks – this coming Wednesday and Thursday, on Thanksgiving – and three three-day breaks ahead, there is something to be gained for the pain that is being inflicted.

Because the struggle for clippings is real at present.

Although Clippers coach Tyrone Lew would reject that crutch—after Thursday’s loss in Memphis, he said, in no uncertain terms: “tired or not, you can still be in the right places, in the right position”—his The team looked tired and out in their 94-81 loss on Friday in New Orleans.

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The Clippers quickly faded against the struggling Pelicans, making only 11 baskets and scoring only 26 points – the lowest the New Orleans squad has allowed in the second half since 2011, 3–14 the Pells were proud to report.

Keeping their heads above water is proving to be a challenge for the Clippers without six players, including perennial All-Star Kawhi Leonard and key rotation pieces Marcus Morris Sr. and Serge Ibaka, whose four-game G-League stints ended The latter is expected to return against Dallas. To help the veteran center build stamina and rhythm.

His depth is further diminished by the absence of a supporting cast like Justice Winslow (individual) and rookies Keon Johnson (ankles) and Jason Preston (feet). They aren’t forcing completely healthy contributors like missing players Nicolas Batum (Achilles) and Terence Mann (ankles) into the lineup, otherwise they can take a beat to rest and recover.

“I have to (play),” Batum said via Zoom after Friday’s loss. “We have a lot of guys. So I had to find a way to try and play through it. So I tried to do it tonight.

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