The Clippers were having a ball at the beginning of the 2020-21 season when the dark clouds knocked on the door. Kawhi Leonard could not show up against the Dallas Mavericks and the Clippers tasted their first loss of the season.
The Mavs made a mockery of the Clippers in the first half of the game where they put a 77-27 on the board. Needless to say, a 50 point lead is almost impossible to breach even with an exceptional comeback.
The Clippers bounced back, but to no avail. Obviously, a flurry of demeaning tweets followed this, and one of those garnered Damian Lillard’s attention.
While head coach Tyronn Lue called the humiliating loss an “exception”, Paul George also downplayed the defeat. Pointing to his Christmas celebrations and a lack of 100% effort, PG detailed in the post-game interview, “It’s not that big of a deal. [We] got our butts whipped today, but it’s one day. We wasn’t ready today. We wasn’t prepared. That’s on me. So, we’ll be ready for the next game.”
On the flip side, a fan tried to take a dig on Paul George and his kinship with Blazers’ Damian Lillard. He casually tagged Dame and asked how he felt about the performance, especially that of PG’s. To this, he received a savage response where the Blazers’ star asked him to cut some slack.
The 50-point deficit in the first half was the highest ever registered in the shot-clock era. This also exposed the fact that the Clippers depend heavily upon Kawhi Leonard.
When the entire world of critics claim that The Claw lacks leadership qualities, his presence on the court does impact the Clippers.
Kawhi got injured badly in their last game against the Nuggets. He collided with Patrick Beverley and found himself lying down with blood all over. He received eight stitches and missed the game as a result.
All this has really toned down the impact from their first two wins. Would they be able to regain their rhythm against the Timberwolves if Kawhi misses the game? Help us know your views in the comments.
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