Los Angeles Clippers Are Staying Alive Behind Ty Lue

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Los Angeles Clippers Are Staying Alive Behind Ty Lue

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Los Angeles Clippers Are Staying Alive Behind Ty Lue

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While it hasn’t been the easiest of seasons thus far for the Los Angeles Clippers, it also hasn’t been the worst the franchise has seen either. Coming into the year, knowing that their best player in Kawhi Leonard would likely be missing the entire season due to an injury he suffered in last years’ playoffs, the expectations for this Clipper team were tampered. However, through grit and determination from the entire organization, the Clippers somehow find themselves right in the thick of the playoff hunt in the loaded Western Conference and don’t seem to be going away. They may not be the best team in the conference by any means, but they sure do fight the hardest, each and every game.

In addition to not having Leonard, the Clippers have had to go fourth without co-star Paul George for the last chunk of the season after he was ruled out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his right shooting elbow. There have been reports about whether George would return this season, especially with Leonard’s status up in the air. For the Clippers, this is a tough situation to manage as they are without their two best players and the high draft pick they would normally get from having a down year, doesn’t even belong to them. Yet, behind the toughness of this team sits head coach Ty Lue who has earned a reputation as one of the best coaches in the league due to his ability to get the most out of his players and the adjustments he makes in-game.

Like many teams in the league who are dealing with injuries or the reality that COVID is still an issue, the Clippers have needed to use an assortment of lineups to patch up their roster. Yet despite all the change in the lineups, the Clippers haven’t shown any quit and play extremely hard every time out. This is a testament to how the organization is run and who ownership has picked to help lead the charge. Lue has instilled a sense of pride within his players, and it has shown with results on the court despite missing their two leading men. The Clippers currently have a record of 23-25 but to be where they are after everything that has happened with their star players is encouraging.

This team has been kept afloat by the likes of their role players, who play together as a team. Point guard Reggie Jackson has stepped up in a big way since George went down with his injury, as the guard has averaged 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game on 39.3 percent shooting. His ability to score and drive to the paint has been huge for this Clippers team. Center Ivica Zubac has also been a big part of the team’s success this season as he has improved his game, now averaging a career-high 9.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

Yet one of the more potent players on this Clippers roster has been forward Nicolas Batum, who has played well, picking up some of the scoring lately. He is averaging 9.2 points per game and 4.7 rebounds this season but has taken the role of a leader on this Clipper team. Right now, the Clippers clearly are lacking their star power but if this team is able to stay alive and in the playoff hunt, maybe George and Leonard could heal enough and come back for a late playoff push. This team embodies playing the game of basketball the right way and it all comes back to the leadership of the coaching staff.

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