Great Play When It Mattered
The Clippers started the game looking uninterested and unorganized- something that has started to feel like a trend much to many fan’s chagrins. The team continued their struggles with turning the ball over ending with 19 total. On top of the less than stellar ball handling they collectively struggled from three, shooting only 28% from deep.
The team entered the half down 53-48. The Warriors lead ballooned to 83-73 by the end of the third quarter. The feeling in the Clippers’ home Staples Center was uneasy, as it appeared that the team was going to drop another game to a sub .500 team for the second time in three games.
As Doc tinkered with the bench trying to find some kind of energy to kickstart something for the Clippers he even put Patrick Patterson in the game for a couple of minutes- which did help a little bit. Even Montrezl Harrell struggled off the bench scoring only 2 points through the first three quarters but ended up putting up 9 in the fourth.
The team overcame a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter and showed flashes of the championship contender so many analysts think they can be. The chaotic defensive switches in the last quarter of the game overwhelmed Golden State and allowed the Clippers to hold them to just 17 points in the final frame.
After the game, Doc appeared to be happy with the win but acknowledged that the sloppy play and slow starts can’t continue and end with the same results as Friday. It would appear as he is looking ahead to the game in Denver on Sunday evening- a team the Clippers are currently tied with for second place in the Western Conference standings. The hope that the difference between the last quarter of the game and the first two is rust from not playing for four days straight, but only the future will hold the answer.