Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Clipper takeaways: Loss of opener due to rust

The Clippers were the last NBA team to warn of their season when they arrived at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Thursday. Now they are just like everyone else – trying to find ways to get better after the premiere.

Five takeaways from their 115-113 defeat to Golden State:

Decisive drought

The Clippers extended their lead to 98-90 in 10:36, but didn’t score for the next six minutes. Those 11 attacking possessions were a game-changer, and replaying the sequence could irritate coach Tyrone Lou and improve his well-being for the same reason: The Clippers generally produced quality and open shots. They just didn’t do them.

Marcus Morris – statistically the second most accurate three-pointer in the NBA last season – missed three three-pointers as the defender was away from him. The latter glimpse was made possible by an attack by Eric Bledsoe, who deflected the defense against Morris, the kind of play they traded for Bledsoe.

Last season, Reggie Jackson scored 42% of his threes in the last four seconds of the shot clock. He fired two of these on Thursday and missed both, including one that rumbled back and forth. Running to the top of the arc, Luke Kennard made a pass and shot a deep three, but missed. Last season, he scored 45% of the triples without a lead.

The Clippers will want some of their shots back. Paul George nearly lost control, disappearing when he shot Otto Porter in paint. Justice Winslow took the contested floater, and Kennard tried to forgive with his right hand – he’s a born right-hander, but shoots with his left – through Andrew Wiggins’ long arm. But overall, these were good attempts. Their attacking process worked, but the blows did not hit.

Steph on it

After nine weekends and lineups, according to Lue, they were not used even during training due to a late scratch by Nicholas Batum for personal reasons, the Clippers weren’t too harsh on the defensive to start. They sometimes lost to Stephen Curry with backstabs and even after goals scored when they could set up their defense, en route to 25 points in the first quarter.

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“We told them, ‘You cannot relax. It will shoot from anywhere. The best shooter of all time, ”Liu said.

But there were encouraging signs. Golden State had 53 rebounds, 15 more than the Clippers, but only 10 were on the offensive. Warriors may be inclined to turnover, but a fifth of the Warriors’ property ended in turnover, only 21. The Clippers made only seven. This is a key indicator this season. Without Cavi Leonard, the Clippers have less margin for error in attack. They need possession to lead to shots.

Something dirty

Jackson was confident before he went into the locker room after his pre-game routine by pounding his fists. But the defender has struggled to recreate the dynamic attacking action that almost instantly turned him into last summer’s postseason hero. He missed all five shots before halftime, two of 13 after three quarters and four of 19.

Like George, he did not shoot a single free throw, at some point snapped at the referee when the disc did not lead to a challenge.

“I think the hardest part at the beginning of the season is finding your rhythm and Reggie is the scorer,” said George, who knows how to read Jackson better than anyone else in the Clippers dressing room. “More often than nights he will have big nights for us. This is the point of the season. Game 1, there will be a lot of guys trying to find their rhythm and find themselves to start, especially adding new people to the lineup and figuring out how to play with them and find their grudge, but Reggie is fine. “

George has long wondered why he doesn’t attract more fouls. It took just one game this season to shake his head and describe his no-free throw night in a game in which he fired seven shots within three feet of the ring like “crazy.”

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“Draymond got nine of them [free throws]“To be honest, I don’t know what he did, what I didn’t do,” said George. “I dribbled the ball more than he did with paint, touched more than he did when he walked with paint. I don’t know how he is awarded with nine of them.

“It’s just crazy, like you get turned on, they hit me in the face, they hit me in the face. I fired a troika, they hit me in the elbow. It’s just crazy to me, but this is nothing new. I just need to work harder to stay in the game. It is what it is.”

Big things come in small teams

Warriors force certain matches with their speed and movement of the ball. This is why Liu favored the Lilliputian squads instead of playing in the spare center Isaiah Hartenstein, even though they didn’t even have a real spare striker without Batum. But even at nights, when a big backup player could fit well, the Clippers have fresh evidence that their small squad can wreak havoc.

Their 25-5 run, which ended the first half that eliminated the 19-point deficit, went without true center on the court. Zubats didn’t play the final 7:30 before halftime. Their top three rosters, judging by the pros and cons, had one constant: the presence of the wings of Luke Kennard and Terence Mann.

“It was a tough game for Zoo and Isaiah because they play small and move so fast and you don’t want Steph to play blitz because they’ll take you apart,” Liu said. “As I said, just mix and match [lineups]just trying to find the right rotation and those who play well together, and I thought we did that in the second quarter. “

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