Things had been looking very bleak for the LA Clippers since they traded for James Harden. Many fans and pundits were ready to call the move a complete and total failure after just a handful of regular season games.
But as with anything in life, patience was necessary. More time is still needed to determine if James Harden truly has a future with LA. With that being said, the last two games since Russell Westbrook has been coming off the bench have been highly encouraging.
The two wins in the win column have obviously been the most satisfying part of the last four days for the Clippers. But in Monday night's win over the Spurs specifically, there was another very uplifting development. Throughout the course of the game, Head Coach Tryonn Lue handed minutes out to more guys than expected and a total of 12 Clippers players were able to see the floor.
Tyronn Lue got some unexpected players into the game Monday
The most notable player he got onto the court on Monday was Bones Hyland. After previously stating that Hyland would be out of the rotation "for the foreseeable future," Lue got the shifty guard into the game for four quick minutes to tinker with different lineups.
In similar fashion, Moussa Diabate and Amir Coffey also saw playing time on Monday, as Lue played a total of 11 unique lineups in the Clippers' 25-point win. The luxury of being up by so many points is gaining the ability to try out new looks and get different players onto the floor in a competitive setting.
The fact that Tyronn Lue did not simply stick with his normal rotation guys on Monday night should be relieving for Clippers fans. He knows there is far too much talent on this roster for good players to be buried on the bench during a blowout.
Monday night's win could birth some interesting and effective new lineups for the Clippers to use going forward.