Wednesday, May 18, 2022

NBA: Chicago Bulls Completes Clippers’ Seven-Game Winning Streak

NBA: Chicago Bulls Completes Clippers' Seven-Game Winning Streak

It was a bad sign when the Clippers made more assists than they scored at the start of Sunday’s second quarter, failed to shoot outside paint, and proved once again in the process that they were the best laggards in the NBA. double-digit deficit.

An equally bad sign for Chicago throughout the second half that despite everything that went wrong for their opponent, the Clippers were still doing something else they were best at – loitering and refusing to wave. white flag.

So when Paul George drove over his defender’s shoulders 10 minutes before the end of the fourth quarter, he leaned back and made an incredibly difficult jump shot to bring the Clippers apart for the first time in 34 minutes. quivering surprise. It was a kind of noise, similar to the noise of a concert audience, drunk to hear the familiar opening chords of the headliner’s signature hit.

They did it again, following a formula that produced a streak of seven wins, despite losing at least 13 out of four of them at one point.

Even as the Clippers were again eight and eight minutes behind the game, then nine and four minutes 45 seconds left after Lonzo Ball turned George’s interception pass into a dead end and Terence Mann limped, the result was not at all final. … It was only after George missed a seventh 3-point try just a minute before the game and Bulls defender Zach LaVine responded with two steps back at the other end of the rally. Clippers for the first time since October 29th.

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“I just felt like we were running out of gas a little,” said Clippers defender Eric Bledsoe, who continued his strong game last week with 21 points.

George had 27 points on all 11 free throws and 11 rebounds, but he made seven of his 25 shots in 41 minutes, which busy coach Tyrone Liu called a mistake on his second night of mismanagement. one after another, one evening after a dominant victory over Minnesota.

“We couldn’t shoot,” said George. “Personally, I just didn’t know how to shoot.”

Nothing in the league charter requires the Clippers to find their rhythm only after falling behind, of course, but it’s a template that immediately left Liu pleased with his team’s resilience and disappointment with their failure. In total, in the first quarter, they made 10 revolutions, and the lag behind them was 17.

“We didn’t want starts like we talked about last week or so,” Liu said. “Today was another of those games.”

The Clippers (8-5) only averaged three points in the 3:16 final and failed to score a basket inside the three-point arc in the last 10 minutes.

Their saving grace was only 21 free throws; far from the line, their gunfire suffered. Their 35% accuracy was their lowest in nine games, and they couldn’t score enough points to compensate for their mistakes, with more passes (20) than passes (16).

DeMar DeRosan lost 35 points – including 21 in the first half despite scoring just two points in paint – for Chicago on his return to the city where he grew up and starred in USC and said he hopes to play. viewing it for free. agency options. Instead, he temporarily settled in the area between the three-point arc and the paint, firing eight of his 11 shots at medium range.

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“I thought he felt too comfortable in the first half,” Liu said. “I thought he got to his place every time.”

Turns out DeRosan was a good fit in Chicago. The Bulls – 9-4, with the third-best Eastern Conference win rate and even without center and former USC standout player Nikola Vucevic, who missed his second game in a row after testing positive for COVID-19 – beat the Clippers in paint. …

Former “Laker” Alex Caruso started in Vucevic’s absence and finished with nine rebounds, seven points, five assists and three interceptions, while LaVin had 29 points.

The early turns put the already tired Clippers on their heels as the Bulls turned bad passes into quick breaks in the opposite direction.

“We didn’t match their energy,” Bledsoe said. “They came out with tons of energy and it was a game.”

Not really, of course. This was not decided until the final minutes, when DeRosan put his arms around LaVine’s waist and rested his head on his teammate’s shoulder after the basket of keys to ensure that the Clippers streak was finally over.

“Our guys were tired, it was visible, and it was on me,” Liu said. “Whatever. Start a new streak of victories.”

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