LA Clippers need to bounce back versus the Pelicans

The LA Clippers need to bounce back on Saturday versus the Pelicans.

While the LA Clippers did lose the first game of the NBA restart on Thursday, it was not a disappointing loss. Still, a win would feel good for the squad and Saturday presents a perfect opportunity versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans also lost their first game on Thursday, falling to the Utah Jazz by just two points. The Pels had three players (Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday, and J.J. Redick) score over 20 points apiece but their young star, Zion Williamson, was held to just 13 points after being given a minutes restriction.

From all reports, that same minute restriction will be in place on Saturday. Zion isn’t happy about that but Clipper Nation should be. If Zion is barely on the court, the Clippers will have to lock down the Pelicans’ opposing point guard and two wings. With Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George on the court, that shouldn’t be an issue.

Beverley came off the bench for the Clippers on Thursday after returning to the bubble just days before but should be in the starting lineup for this game. George and Leonard both looked great on Thursday and there’s no reason to believe that both will be in top form.

The big question on Saturday comes from the role players on the team, specifically Reggie Jackson, Landry Shamet, and Marcus Morris. Morris and Shamet were held scoreless on Thursday and need to show something today. Jackson will be returning to his bench role and while Lou Williams is still not with the team, will have to be more of a facilitator.

If the bench can outplay the Pelicans while still missing Williams and Montrezl Harrell (who is still not even in the bubble), it will go a long way for their confidence heading into the postseason.

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