After a close first quarter, the Clippers quickly fell behind and were routed by the Warriors up in the Bay Area, losing 112-97. Keep reading for a full recap of the Clippers’ loss to the Warriors.
The Clippers started out the game fairly sharply, moving the ball crisply on offense and getting good looks consistently. On the other end, they did a fantastic job running the Warriors off the three-point line while still preventing easy buckets around the rim. However, despite getting some good looks, the Clippers failed to convert, and so led by just one despite holding the Warriors to 10 points halfway through the period. The second half of the quarter was, if anything, even more grisly, with both teams just chucking bricks. The result was a tie game at 21 after one.
The start to the second went worse for the Clippers. The Warriors were finally able to get going a bit, while the Clippers’ offense stagnated. The few open looks they did get, they mostly missed. The defense tightened up as the starters (especially Nic Batum) came back in, but the offense did not, and an 14-0 run put the Warriors up 43-26 more than halfway through the period, capped by a wide open Steph three. The Clippers finally were able to unlock the basket the last few minutes of the period, but the Warriors, namely Jordan Poole, exploded, and the Warriors led 54-36 at halftime.
The third quarter went much the same way as the second, stating extremely stagnant on offense but holding the Warriors down on the other end. The Clippers’ offense improved when their bench checked in, but their defense slipped as well, and the Warriors slowly grew their lead. The Clippers moved the ball well for most of the quarter, but it just did not matter, as they threw up brick after brick. They trailed 86-61 going into the final frame shooting just 28% from the field and 26% from three.
The Clippers quickly went to their garbage time unit with Amir Coffey, Rodney Hood, Brandon Boston Jr., Semi Ojeleye, and Isaiah Hartenstein. This lineup played hard and with energy, and the Warriors, up nearly 30, took their foot off the gas. The Clippers slowly chipped away at the lead all quarter, getting as close as 11 points with 2:50 to go. However, there was no sense that the Warriors would actually lose, and a few Warriors buckets put the game away, with the Warriors winning 112-97.
Kawhi/PG Update: Chris Haynes gave one of his patented sideline updates during a Clippers national TV game on Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. And, typically, not much was said. Haynes said that Kawhi Leonard went through a “rigorous” 1+ hour workout prior to the game, but that he still doesn’t have a timetable. No update on George was given specifically at all. Haynes closed by saying that Ty Lue would probably not be comfortable playing either PG or Kawhi in the playoffs if they can’t get some reps in during the regular season. Considering after today there are only 15 games left, the last of which is just over a month away, it seems unlikely that they are able to return before then. Still, neither has been pulled out, and both are apparently progressing well. Nothing was stated on Norman Powell.
Nico Sharp: The Clippers’ best player (by far) in this one was Nic Batum, who perked up after a quiet stretch of games. He scored 17 points on 6-11 shooting in 27 minutes, grabbed six boards, and was excellent as always on defense. More importantly, it was great to see him play aggressively and look to shoot and score on offense.
That about does it for this recap of the Clippers’ loss to the Warriors. Comment on the game below!