Losing continues to be the name of the game for the LA Clippers

Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports /

While it appeared the LA Clippers had fought through all of the rust, the scheme of head coach Tyronn Lue has been highly inconsistent. There are games where the Clippers dominate on both ends, and later they display concern in all aspects of the battle.

Furthermore, there is no excuse in the book why the LA Clippers could not win against Orlando. Not only was the superstar duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George available, but they also had a big lead midway through the contest. Turnovers, lack of effort, and bad shot selection made it clear that the Clippers would end with a loss.

Additionally, Leonard and George are also working their way back into the lineup. Though they both eclipsed 30 minutes, the duo combined for 7-27 shooting, along with eight turnovers. Any team would have a tough time winning games when their two best players are searching for a groove.

What’s more, the LA Clippers were missing multiple key players in Luke Kennard, Marcus Morris, John Wall, and Norman Powell. Although this game was winnable, Lue was limited on how many players he had to work with.

Things just keep getting worse for the LA Clippers.

As the Magic were last in the Eastern Conference, they snapped their nine-game losing streak against the LA Clippers. At first glance, it seemed like this game would be over by half-time. However, the Magic have some of the best young talents in the league, ultimately boosting them to victory.

Along with turning the ball over 15 times, the LA Clippers looked clueless on defense. Not to mention, Lue and his squad closed out the loss by shooting 41.1% from the field and 69.2% from the line. It is nearly impossible to win games when preventable errors are constantly being made.

Through all the negatives, the LA Clippers’ role players came to life, keeping the team in the game. Slashing wing Terance Mann had one of his best outings of the year with 19 points, nine rebounds, and four assists on 7-10 shooting. Next to him stood the french knight, Nicolas Batum, who added 16 points, five assists, and four rebounds on four three-pointers made.

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That said, the LA Clippers travel to Miami to finish their sixth back-to-back of the season. With Mann, Leonard, and Powell all ruled out, Lue must construct the proper game plan as the Clippers look to spark a winning streak.