Before getting into the gameplay of the Clippers-Magic scrimmage in Orlando, we have a few things to clean up: Patrick Beverly, who was expected to start today, actually left the bubble yesterday for a family matter. He joined Montrezl Harrell in that category, and we here at 213Hoops certainly wish them and their families the best. Moreover, Marcus Morris, Sr. made it to Orlando in time for one practice and today’s scrimmage.

As a result, Reggie Jackson and Morris joined Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Joakim Noah in the starting lineup.

Summary

Aside from the Clippers outscoring the Magic by 16 points in the second quarter, this “game” was fairly even. In the first quarter, Doc played every single one of the eleven players he activated today (although rookie Terance Mann only got a few seconds). They only came up with 21 points collectively on 30% shooting (the Magic shot 45%). To put it simply, there was pretty sloppy basketball all around, which of course was expected. Joakim Noah did, however, grab four boards in his first six or so minutes. He quickly became a focal point for viewers, given that he is the biggest unknown on this Clippers roster.

As mentioned above, the Clippers found a bit of a rhythm in the second quarter. The scored 32 points, largely behind Paul George (13 points through the half) and Lou Williams (11), who handled the ball a ton today. As a team, they shot 63% from the field and 53% from three in the half.

The Magic cut into the Clippers’ lead, taking the third quarter 28-22. They were primarily led by Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, and Terrence Ross (who the Clippers kept fouling all game). The Magic also continued to rebound well, including eight offensive rebounds through the first three quarters.

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Reggie Jackson sat the whole fourth quarter, as Doc handed the game over to Amir Coffey (who actually got time throughout the game), Patrick Patterson, Rodney McGruder, and Terance Mann. The Clippers ultimately finished at 44% from the field and 39% from three. The Magic were not too far off from the field (42%) but the Clipper held them to 18% from behind the arc. Ultimately, the Clippers and Magic survived their first outing in Orlando without major issues or injuries, so we’ll take it.

Notes

  • Lou Williams Dominates: Sporting cornrows, Lou looked ready to go. He had 22 points on 7/13 shooting. As noted above, he handled the ball often, with the Clippers missing Patrick Beverly and Landry Shamet.
  • Paul George Looks Spry: George had a well-rounded outing, with 18 points and five rebounds. Notably, he was 4/8 from three and looked smooth, as always.
  • Joakim Noah Shows He Still Has Game: Noah only had four points and five rebounds in 15 minutes, but he passed well (3 assists), set screens, and was generally active in a positive way.

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12 Comments

  • Avatar Carlo T says:

    Nice to have the nba back!
    I was surprised by how much Paul George handled the ball today – he almost took over as the “point forward” of the team, with kawhi taking a bit of a backseat. He had a couple of very nice pick and rolls with noah – i was very happy to see him so confident and assertive today!

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      Paul looked great. I’m really hoping that the extra time for his shoulder recovery makes a big difference–obviously he was still a star this season, but he even admitted he wasn’t playing with full aggression to protect his shoulders. Could be a different beast in the bubble.

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    Regarding the main rotation, all of the guys the team will be leaning on heavily (i.e. PG13, Kawhi, Lou, MM, and Reggie Jackson) looked good today. Regarding the role players, I’m still pleasantly surprised with Patrick Patterson (before the season started I thought he’d be a decent 13th man), but I’m still kind of disappointed with JaMychal Green. It’s not that he’s been bad, and he didn’t look bad today, but before the season started I was expecting him to take a step forward (i.e. someone who should get heavy minutes), but he’s just been serviceable, and I can see why Doc platoons him with Patterson. Regarding the young guys, both Coffey and Mann looked kind of tentative out there on offense, but I was real happy with both of their hustle on defense.

    On an unrelated note, is there any way we could trade for Mo Bamba in the offseason? Orlando looks like they trust Khem Birch more, and they re-signed Vucevic to a big contract this past offseason, so I feel like they’re stunting Bamba’s growth and wasting his potential by giving him so little run (he’s averaging fewer minutes this year than his rookie season). I was high on him when he was first drafted, and I feel like it shouldn’t cost *that* much to get him…which really would be our only hope, given how little we’ve got in terms of realistically tradeable assets.

  • Avatar Efren C says:

    Basketball is back! =)

  • Avatar David Ramos says:

    How was Noahs interior defense.? Is it as good as Zubacs? Didnt get to watch the game.

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      I didn’t think so–but remember it was just a pre-season scrimmage against a pretty bad team, and Noah only played 15 minutes in his first game in over a year. Hard to draw major conclusions. One thing I am comfortable saying: his passing is a level above both of the Clippers’ current rotation centers, and adds an interesting wrinkle to our offense with his ability to hit the weak side corner shooter. This might be his biggest trade-off in contrast with Trez’s effectiveness as an interior scorer and Zu’s effectiveness as a post defender and rim protector.

  • Avatar osamu6238 says:

    My biggest take away…. I literally haven’t watched live TV since March. All these new commercials. Feels so weird.

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