The feeling of the Clippers is good
Losing to the Spurs isn’t a victory for the Clippers, or many teams in the league in recent months. However, this victory was no small feat for the Los Angeles franchise as it was their fourth in a row, their best streak of the season.
In the past week, therefore, there were two victories against San Antonio, but above all a victory against the Mavericks and a very successful match against LeBron James and the Lakers.
“After the loss against Jazz, we said to ourselves with the boys that this is ridiculous, that we have to start winning matches”, said Ivica Zubac in the Los Angeles Times. “We can have a winning streak. You just have to focus. »
With 138.5 points scored per 100 possessions (128.5 points per game) in these four games, 57% shooting success and 48% on 3-pts, 25.5 assists for 10 turnovers on average, the Clippers’ attack is running full throttle. The last three victories do not suffer from any controversy: +14 against the Mavericks, +18 against the Lakers and finally +38 against the Spurs…
“Yes, looks different”confirmed Tyronn Lue at OCR, who talked about the “click” a few days ago. “We still have a long way to go, but we have it. When you win, many things change. We’re getting better, especially offensively. We are in the process of passing a milestone at this level. »
“We are starting to find solutions to the attack”
It is enough to see the performances of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to be convinced of this. In this series of victories, the first is running at 24.8 points on average at 60% shooting success, the second at 29.5 points at 64%. Both also shot 47% from behind the arc and against the Spurs they accumulated 62 units, on an efficient 24/35 shooting.
“I think offensively, in the last ten games, we are the third attack in the league”, advance Tyronn Lue, very close to reality because his troops presented the second most effective attack in the last ten meetings. “At the beginning of the season, we struggled in this area without George, Leonard and the others. We start looking for solutions to the attack. »
Did the engine finally start? It’s too early to tell as recent opponents have been modest. The upcoming six-game road trip in the East, including trips to Cleveland, Milwaukee, New York and Brooklyn, will provide more definitive answers. Especially on defense, where the Clippers have room.
“I think defensively we have to focus on our patterns and apply them every night,” assured the Californian’s coach. “And so don’t make many mistakes. We have to do better, we still have to do, but we are heading in the right direction. »
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