Ranking Ty Lue’s best coaching performances this season

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1. One of the biggest comebacks in NBA history

Date: 1/25/22

There was no way to explain it. In the NBA, sometimes a team just doesn’t have it going. Whether it’s a lack of energy, missing easy buckets around the basket, or simply falling asleep at the wheel, the Clippers seemed to be struggling with all of the above.

Playing the Washington Wizards was nothing to be fearful over. Bradley Beal is an All-Star-level talent but on paper, the Clippers were the deeper squad.

Seemingly filled with energy and ready to play, the Wizards raced out to a nine-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Not the best way to start a game but nothing the Clippers couldn’t bounce back from. However, the Wizards took a stranglehold on things as their contest went on, pushing their lead to 30 points before settling in with a 35-point lead during the third quarter.

Lue refused to allow his squad to give up and implemented an entirely new game plan during the second half. Said plan would include blitzing Beal off pick and rolls while heavily contesting 3-point shots. As the Clippers clawed their way back into it, they got their hands on a bad inbound pass with only a few seconds remaining. From there, Luke Kennard would bury the game-winning 3-pointer while pushing the Clippers to the second greatest comeback in NBA history.