Clippers see silver lining in otherwise sloppy loss to Lakers

first_imgThe Clippers also committed 30 personal fouls — just two short of their season high. The Lakers thanked them by going 28 for 37 from the free-throw line.Related Articles The revelation for the Clippers? That so much could go awry and they still could be in position to pull it out against the Western Conference’s best team.“The positives are that we had every opportunity to still win the game,” Rivers said. “That would have been a sweet win for us with what our guys have gone through.”“We fought all night,” surmised Kawhi Leonard, who scored 28 points, had two blocks, two steals and went 11 for 14 from the free-throw line. “Definitely got to get better with some of our execution. Pretty good game.”WELCOME BACK, PAT BEVPatrick Beverley gave the Clippers 16 impactful minutes Thursday, despite being listed as “questionable” ahead of the game. Beverley had just finished his quarantine period after returning to deal with a personal matter outside of the bubble.The 6-foot-1 guard scored 12 points, including, in succession, knocking down a corner 3-pointer and fooled defenders to make space for his floater, cutting the Lakers’ lead to seven points with 6:12 to go.“It was great. Pat Bev is family,” George said. “I told him after the game his presence was missed. It’s great for us to be in support of him dealing with what he dealt with.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Those miscues were too much to overcome without the services of Montrezl Harrell (18.6 points per game) and Lou Williams (18.7), the team’s reliably prolific scoring punch off the bench. (Harrell remains away tending to a family matter, and Williams was sent to his room to quarantine after stopping for chicken wings, he said, at an Atlanta gentlemen’s club while he was outside of the bubble to attend a funeral.)More than that, the Clippers were incorporating players who’ve only recently joined them in the bubble, either because they’d contracted the coronavirus or because they’d been away dealing with family issues. Rivers warned pregame that the team’s lack of continuity could show and slow down his team.Of course, figuring out the result of many mistakes + missing or unfamiliar pieces isn’t exactly rocket science, said Paul George, who led the Clippers with 30 points on 11-for-17 shooting.“I mean, it was clear as day,” he said. “We fouled too much, turned the ball over too much.”center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Clippers could take something from their most irregular final regular-season meeting on Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a 103-101 loss to the Lakers.“It’s a good lesson for the team,” Coach Doc Rivers said over Zoom. “You can’t make as many mistakes as we made in one game and be shorthanded.”The “self-inflicted wounds,” as Rivers called them, were plentiful; the NBA game-ready personnel on the Clippers’ bench, not so much.In its first official action since March 10, the Clippers (44-21) turned over the ball 22 times — one shy of their season high. The Lakers (50-14) converted those giveaways into 29 points. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ last_img

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