Short-handed Clippers trail Kings from start to finish – Orange County Register – ZellaNews


LOS ANGELES — In a way, Staples Center was the location of a pair of G League video games Wednesday.

Midday, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario – the group’s developmental workforce – borrowed the sector to defeat the Salt Lake City Stars, 116-108.

By the fourth quarter later that night time, a pair of G League regulars have been on the court docket with Terance Mann, Luke Kennard and Justise Winslow, closing out the NBA recreation on the identical court docket – and slicing it shut. They introduced the severely quick-handed Clippers again from 25 down to inside eight factors earlier than finally succumbing in a 124-115 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Both of the Clippers’ superstars have been relegated to spectator standing on Wednesday, as Paul George bought the night time off to relaxation after 21 video games of heavy lifting.

He joined Kawhi Leonard – out indefinitely after surgical procedure to restore a torn ACL – a spectator for the Clippers’ third consecutive loss, this one by the hands of the Sacramento Kings, who improved to 9-14 and gained their fourth recreation of their previous 5 appearances in opposition to the Clippers within the constructing.

The Clippers additionally continued to miss Nicolas Batum. Playing their sixth consecutive recreation with out their versatile veteran (who’s out in accordance with COVID wholesome and security protocols), they stumbled to 2-4 with out him – and now are 11-11 total. After beginning the season 8-4, the Clippers have misplaced seven of their previous 10.

For the primary time this season, Coach Tyronn Lue began a pair of facilities – 7-foot Ivica Zubac and 6-10 Serge Ibaka – and his workforce was aggressive on the boards, successful that tally 49-38 – together with 17-7 on the offensive glass. L.A. additionally completed with 35 assists – seven greater than the Kings. And the Clippers made yet one more basket than the Kings, going 47 for 100 whereas Sacramento shot 46 for 88.

Credit the Kings’ success Wednesday to their sudden prowess from past the three-level arc – the night time after taking pictures simply 6 for 29 from 3-level vary in a 117-92 loss to the Lakers – they went 15 for 38 from deep in opposition to the Clippers.

All 5 Kings starters scored in double figures, led by Terence Davis’ 23 factors. L.A. native Chimezie Metu (USC) scored 13. And off the bench, rookie Davion Mitchell – heralded for his protection – placed on an offensive clinic, completed with 20 factors on 7-for-10 taking pictures, together with going 3 for 4 from deep.

With Lue’s beginning huge males becoming a member of George and Leonard on the bench within the closing interval, the children helped minimize the lead to 119-111 on a pair of Keon Johnson free throws with 1:28 left, after which to 121-113 on a pair extra from Mann (who scored a season-excessive 19 factors within the loss, equaling Kennard’s whole).

As for the Clippers’ prospects?