The title window is fading away with another Clippers loss

Norman Powell, Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Norman Powell, Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

After ending their losing streak to the Dallas Mavericks, the LA Clippers are back where it all started. The short-handed Denver Nuggets made a jump late in the third quarter, and the Clippers could not keep up. Despite missing their two-way superstar Paul George, this game should have ended with a victory.

Furthermore, the Clippers’ rebounding and defense broke down late in the final frame. In addition, the impact was limited, making it challenging to take down Denver. Only one player who played for over 15 minutes finished with a positive +/-.

However, franchise star Kawhi Leonard did all he could in the losing effort. Not only did he score 24 points, but he added eight rebounds and four assists, including a ridiculous poster dunk. What may stand out about his stat line is the number of minutes played. This number keeps rising as he played 38 minutes, a new season-high.

The slashing wing, Norman Powell, has made a significant leap in the absences of George. He also contributed to the best of his abilities with 18 points, four rebounds, and two blocks. These performances prove that if the Clippers remain healthy, they can take down any team in the NBA.

The LA Clippers are slowly slipping out of the playoff picture.

With a loss to Denver, the LA Clippers are back at .500 with the sixth seed. While the standings may seem promising, head coach Tyronn Lue and his squad only stand two games ahead of the 13th spot. This is an ominous sign, especially if the Clippers continue to lose winnable match-ups.

Moreover, one player expected to dominate was the interior big man, Ivica Zubac. As Denver was missing their back-to-back MVP, there was a strong possibility Zubac could have had a career night. Amid the game, opportunities did not fall in his favor as he shot 2-7 from the field with a +/- of -16.

On the bright side, the play-making point guard John Wall had a strong showing. He closed the night out with 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists on top of one of the best dunks of his career. He is evidently working hard behind the scenes, which is paying off significantly on the floor.

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This loss may be disappointing, but Lue and his squad must be focused on their next contest with the Houston Rockets. The goal for this contest should be to build a large margin by halftime. If the LA Clippers do so, players will receive extended time to rest, which will help for the games ahead.