Following a promising win on Halloween, the LA Clippers took care of business in their second match-up against the Houston Rockets. This battle was a thriller as head coach Tyronn Lue did what he does best and made the proper in-game adjustments.
Furthermore, the backup big man, Moses Brown, was the ‘x-factor’ in this contest. With starting center Ivica Zubac in foul trouble, Brown got the nod in the second half and dominated in 12 minutes of playing time. He finished his notable performance with 13 points and seven boards on 6-8 shooting. It is clear that without Brown, the Clippers do not win this game.
In addition, the three-level scoring wing Marcus Morris was in a zone throughout the entire game. Morris’ impact mainly came in the first half; however, he picked up right where he left off as he was the team’s second highest scorer. This was much needed as the Clippers were without some of their most vital rotational pieces.
Not to mention, franchise star Paul George was, without a doubt, the player of the game. George showed no signs of hesitation as he posted 28 points, five assists, and four rebounds while shooting 50% from the field, along with several three-pointers. Additionally, in each game George has attempted 20 or more shots, the LA Clippers have found a way to win.
The LA Clippers are currently at .500 with a near-perfect win over the Houston Rockets.
Despite the struggles, the LA Clippers appear to be playing much better on both ends of the floor. Offensively, the team shot 48.8% from the field and 36.4% from three on 14 turnovers. On the flip side, the Clippers forced 19 turnovers and contested countless shots, hence Houston’s poor shooting splits.
While the Clippers may have played a strong game, there are still concerns about what the backup center position will look like from here on out. There is no guarantee that Lue will get a dominant performance from Brown each night. Therefore, the front office should search the market and consider trading to help the roster in the long run.
Moreover, the starting lineup may have had their best season performance. Regarding impact, each player in the starting lineup ended the game with a positive +/-. This is an encouraging sight, as part of the miscues were because the starters could not find a tempo, resulting in a significant drought throughout the games.
As the Clippers’ next match-up is against the San Antonio Spurs, Lue will have to adjust his rotations to allow the team to battle from start to finish. Although the regular season just began, the Spurs have consistently proven that they can hang with some of the best teams in the league. This game will pose many challenges as the LA Clippers look to improve to a 5-4 record.