The LA Clippers are proving to be pretenders with a loss to Denver

Robert Covington, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Covington, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

For a team that was supposed to take the league by storm, the LA Clippers have been beyond disappointing. There is always an excuse behind the team’s losses, whether through injuries or coaching. In addition, the depth has not lived up to the hype, making it challenging for the Clippers to win games.

Although head coach Tyronn Lue has lost countless winnable games this season, the Clippers’ match-up against the Denver Nuggets posed a new low. Right out of the gate, franchise superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were moving one step behind, leaving Denver with more opportunities to make a play.

Moreover, these two combined for nine points, six rebounds, and three assists on 3-16 shooting. Few others stepped up as the Clippers only had three players score in double figures. These performances came at the worst time, as Lue and his squad desperately needed a win.

That said, the winner of this game was ultimately decided by halftime. After going down big, multiple players showed no signs of interest in coming back. This put Lue at his last resort, as the rotational pieces did not play much in the second half.

The LA Clippers’ season is falling right in front of their eyes.

As the Denver Nuggets are one of the league’s best teams, this loss shows how far behind the LA Clippers genuinely are. It is completely inexcusable for a team with an absurd amount of talent, depth, and experience to be near a .500 record, yet the Clippers are 21-19. Part of the blame should be on the coaching staff.

Furthermore, Lue’s game plan could have been better in the last few contests. While a small-ball lineup should only be used against specific teams, wings like Marcus Morris and Robert Convington often find themselves at the center position. There are better decisions than this, especially against the reigning MVP.

Along with poor rotations, the LA Clippers lost this game due to inefficiency. When a team shoots 37.4% from the field and 13.5% from three, it is almost guaranteed a loss is on the way. The Clippers could not find a shot to fall, despite only turning the ball over seven times.

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On the second night of a back-to-back, the LA Clippers are taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves for their next contest. If Lue and his squad lose another, there is a solid chance of a change coming very soon. This game holds much significance, with an uncertain future ahead of the trade deadline.