Zubac makes history in the LA Clippers’ win over the Pacers

Ivica Zubac, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Ivica Zubac, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Through a two-game losing streak, the LA Clippers were making careless mistakes which cost them in the long run. The team may have been without franchise superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but there is no excuse for their devastating turnovers, and poor shooting splits from the free-throw line. In addition, despite the win, many of these errors followed the Clippers into their match-up with the Indiana Pacers.

While there may have been simple miscues, the Clippers won mainly because of a historic performance from none other than their most durable star, Ivica Zubac. For many years, NBA fans will remember this showcase on both ends of the court. Not to mention Zubac’s impact on the floor was essential to the victory.

Furthermore, Zubac posted 31 points, 29 rebounds, and three blocks while shooting 14-17 from the field through 36 minutes of playing time. That said, this stat line is comparable to some of the most remarkable big men in NBA history. Zubac mentioned in his post-game press conference how surreal it feels to have his name cemented in the record books.

Though Zubac was the star of the game, he received help from several other players. The two-way wing Norman Powell continues to thrive as he finished the win with 19 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. Next to Powell stands rotational pieces John Wall, Marcus Morris, and Amir Coffey, who all played exceptionally well.

Although the Clippers won against the Pacers, they still have plenty of work to do in order to reach their ultimate goal.

Ivica Zubac’s sensational outing should not stand in the way of the fact that the LA Clippers should have played better. These types of performances from the seven-footer will not happen every night. Therefore, head coach Tyronn Lue must find a way to adjust his game plan to fix the team’s mistakes.

As a whole, the LA Clippers turned the ball over 18 times while shooting a dreadful three-point percentage of 18.8. This may be a bit concerning for a team with as much three-point shooting as the Clippers. If Lue and his squad faced off against any other group, there is a good chance they would not have come away with the win.

However, Lue’s defensive scheme continues to prosper as the season progresses. Players are crashing the glass, contesting shots, and making plays on loose balls. These key ingredients paved the way for the Pacers’ atrocious shooting efficiencies.

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Moreover, the LA Clippers take on the well-rounded Portland Trail Blazers for their next contest. This is a much-needed win for Lue and his squad, as they currently stand two games back from the first seed in the Western Conference. The Clippers will have to battle all 48 minutes, especially with the absences of their star players.