The Los Angeles Clippers suffered a humiliating loss in their second game against the Golden State Warriors as the Dubs beat them 115-105. The team will be understandably disappointed with this defeat, given their superb performance against the Warriors.
Coach Tyronn Lue, in their post game press conference, spoke about the dismal performance. He emphasized on the lack of output from the bench and said, “In the first half, we just went with the five guys off the bench. And it was good for us- in the first half.
“In the second half, we kind of staggered PG and Kawhi like we did in the first game. We are trying and seeing how that works and what’s better for us with the second unit.”
It seems like the Clippers haven’t learned from their past mistakes. Last season, the side lacked the ability to close out the games despite having a big lead. This was specifically noticeable in their series against the Nuggets as the Clippers gave up a 3-1 series lead.
In the game against the Warriors, with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter, the Clippers had a 22-point lead. But the Clippers fell flat in the second half.
The bench could not live up to the expectations brought about by the first half, and neither Kawhi nor PG were effective. This allowed the Warriors to come back and dominate the second half. At the end of the third quarter, their lead was cut down to only 6 points. They Dubs were ruthless in the fourth quarter and ultimately had a 10 point win.
Last season, the Clippers were abysmal. They were too dependent on their stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They had a deep bench, but it just did not fit the system.
But this time around, the side looks much better offensively with a fluid system in place. The one major hiccup for them though has been closing out games. Be it the playoffs or the regular season, the Clippers, over the years, have developed a reputation of choking on big occasions.
Coach Ty Lue will hope that superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George can solve this issue. The duo is finally fit and has looked great in the first ten games.
Kawhi, along with Paul George, has a point to prove this season. ‘The Klaw’ has won a championship in every team he has played. He will hope that he can do the same with this Clippers side.
The Clippers have a deep roster. They will hope that this time around they can become a cohesive unit and cement themselves as favorites for the championship.
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