LOS ANGELES — The Clippers Have a Math Problem
Professor Paul George summed it up after class Monday night: “You give a team 30 more shots than us, I mean, you’re not going to win that game.”
The Clippers were again taught on the board, being overtaken in the rebounding department 67–43 by the San Antonio Spurs, who also won the most important metric. Final score: 116-92.
This remarkable accumulation of rebounds—23 of them offensive—registered as the Clippers’ most since November 16, 1993, when they lost to the Lakers 116-114 – in double overtime.
Otherwise, no Clippers opponent had recorded so many rebounds in a regulation game since January 6, 1989, when they lost to Indiana 123–88.
Do arithmetic on that and you’ll get 32 - as you’d have to go back 32 years Pull down multiple rebounds in a game against the Clippers to find a team.
In related news, Greg Popovich’s team took 114 shots on Monday, the most since the double-overtime loss to the Lakers in 1993 against the Clippers, when their intracity rivals scored 46 for 117 off the floor. No opponent had taken so many shots in a regulation game since 1991, when the Denver Nuggets scored 43 for 119 in a game the Clippers won 129–112.
Only twice have teams collected more rebounds this season: Utah and Memphis both finished with 68 rebounds against the Sacramento Kings – which they faced on the road on Wednesday.
To listen to George, coach Tyrone Lew and starting center Ivica Zubeck put it Monday night, the improvement is relatively elementary: try harder.
“We have to try harder,” Zuback said. “It’s the No. 1 thing, we have to be aggressive. … We figured out that we can’t just come into the game and think we’re going to win. We’re not that talented, especially missing a few guys.” That’s why we had to work hard. That’s the only way we’ll have a chance to win it.”
In that regard, Zuback and George raised their hands to welcome accountability – but also to share it.
“I mean rebounding is a team job, if you want to win the game you have to rebound,” said Zubaik, who on Monday scored 12 of his team’s 43 rebounds for their ninth double-double this season. Had to go with 12 marks.
“I thought tonight we did a terrible job after every shot. We would all get in the paint, and there was no one to get those long rebounds at the elbow or the free-throw line. I think we got better than that.” Gotta be. Fight a shot, put your guy on hand, and we’ve got to be in those elbow areas. And we’ve got to lift them. These are the ones who hurt us tonight.”
This lack of focus combined with a sub-optimal effort is, well, it hurt.
“Rebounding is always about effort, and we didn’t have that tonight,” said Zuback, who averages a career-high 8.0 rebounds per game. “But we had to be smart about our position, because I’m down in the paint. There are always other people. The lowly man is in color, but we have to be smart about the people who are taking shots. We just do it.” Can’t compete and run into the paint, or leaking. We have to get them out of the box, someone has to cover the elbows, and I have to do a better job controlling the paint. And so on Kind of like we get defensive boards.”
Zuback said that skipping so many rebounds, especially as they often lead to second and third chances, takes a cumulative toll.
“It just kills your energy as a team,” he said. “It’s hard to see all those rebounds and all those shots. It’s hard to defend like two or three shots in a row. You do a good job for 20 seconds, you force a hard shot, and then they hit it.” withdraw and … is frustrating.”
And that frustration aggressively sapped the Clippers’ juices. In George’s first game after five consecutive misses with a right elbow sprain, the Clippers had one of the worst shooting performances of the season – 34 for 88 (38.6%) off the field and 3 for 32 (28.1%). To score 9 runs. point limit.
Luke Kennard’s evening was particularly quiet. After scoring double digits in nine consecutive games since entering Monday—including a season-high 27-point effort Saturday—in his second start next to George, Kennard finished with only five points, Shot only 2 for 8 (and 1 for 5 from deep). ,
So although Lew said he thought George was “well on the way to the 25 point”, the coach said, “Now we have to learn how to play with him on the floor, which is what I thought we’d be with tonight.” are struggling.”
But that didn’t add up either, George thought.
“They shouldn’t,” he said. “I thought it was honestly a blessing that I was out and they had to jail and play and find themselves. I thought a lot of them seemed aggressive with extended minutes and extended roles. Anything when I came back should not change.
“I know (how) I play with them on the floor, they should know how to play and still be themselves. I want them to be aggressive, I want them to attack, if I’m in or When I’m out, they have the same mindset. We’re out to win, and that’s what he’s going to do. Everyone has to be themselves for us to win.”
Add Clippers Moses Wright
According to The Athletics sham Charaniya, the Clippers will reportedly sign Moses Wright on a 10-day hardship deal.
The 22-year-old Wright leader averages 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in G League play for the Caliente Clippers. The 6-foot-8, 226-pounder was a standout at Georgia Tech, earning ACC Player of the Year as a senior. He was the 21st player in the history of the program to collect 1,000 points (1,130) and 500 rebounds (614) in his career.
The Clippers were able to sign a player to a tough deal as forward Marcus Morris Sr. is currently in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols that entered him on Saturday.
Clippers (16-15) at Kings (13-19)
When: Wednesday at 7 pm
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento
TV: Bali Sports Socal, NBATV