LA Clippers fall in New Orleans against the Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11: Blake Griffin
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11: Blake Griffin /

The LA Clippers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 111-103 last night, despite some better effort.

The LA Clippers lost their 5th straight on Saturday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite some better effort by the team, the injuries the Clippers are currently suffering proved too much.

The Good

The Clippers looked like they wanted to win, but just couldn’t get over that hump. Blake Griffin played like himself, putting up 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. DeAndre Jordan looked a little more like himself, adding in 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Austin Rivers turned it on late, hitting some clutch three pointers that gave the Clippers a glimmer of hope. He finished with 19 points. The other young guys, namely Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans were involved heavily in the rotation due to injuries, but did not disappoint. If anything good has come out of this losing streak, it’s the realization that both of this year’s picks can flat out ball.

The Bad

The Clippers still lost. This team absolutely needs Patrick Beverley back. Sure, most of the Pelican’s scoring came from their bigs (60 points combined from DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis), but E’Twaun Moore added 18. Needless to say, if Patrick Beverley were available, this probably would not have happened.

The lack of Danilo Gallinari has also been felt. The Clippers starting unit doesn’t have a lot of consistent scoring outside of Blake Griffin. Him getting back on the court will be huge for not only the first unit, but for any time the team wants to play small ball.

The team also seemed to revert to something from their past. Yes, the refs were questionable at times, but the team can’t go back to complaining after every call. Both Doc Rivers and Sam Cassell were hit with T’s at crucial points and honestly, Blake Griffin is lucky he didn’t get one. They need to clean that up.

Up Next

The Clippers head home for a one game stop before heading back out on the road. They’ll host Philadelphia on Monday night as J.J. Redick makes his return to Los Angeles.