The Clippers faced Sands in Game 4 and lags behind 3-1.
Los Angeles — Almost 90 minutes have passed since the Los Angeles Clippers lost 84-80 to Phoenix Suns in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday. So before Paul George, the Clippers forward, appeared in the interview room, he had a lot to digest while completing his post-match training.
The Clippers are facing a 3-1 deficit and the season could end with the definitive Game 5 in Phoenix on Tuesday. There are no signs that Kawhi Leonard will be able to return after missing the last six games due to a right knee injury. The Clippers became scoreless in just over four minutes. And as the Clippers chased 81-78 with seven seconds left, George intentionally missed the second free throw after missing the first free throw, hoping to save his possessions.
Can an elastic clipper overcome this? Or is this moment too frustrating for your stomach?
“I did it. It’s a playoff. We have to move on to the next playoff,” George said. “Anyway, tonight’s game is over and we’re moving on to the next game. As a veteran, you just learn not to prolong the game. I’m doing it well. I’m still living a great life. A great family. Regardless of the outcome, I’m at the top of the world. Go ahead and get ready for the next game. “
No one doubts whether the Clippers will prepare for the next Clippers. They overcame the 0-2 series deficit against the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz. Although Terance Mann admitted that he was facing a 3-1 deficit, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said the challenge was “very feasible.”
The Clippers certainly have a spiritual toughness. But do they have legs? They played 17 games in 36 nights and played every other day from June 2nd. It’s no wonder that it affected 32.5% of the Clippers’ field shots and 16.1% of the shots from the 3-point range.
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“Maybe, but there’s no excuse for this season,” Lou said. “Our guys may be a little tired, but we have to get over it. I have no problem with the way we fought and the way we competed. I have it tonight. “
Sands didn’t do that either. They shot only 36% from the field and 20% from a range of 3 points. But they were able to dig deeper. Deandre Ayton relied on his athletic performance (19 points, 22 rebounds). Devin Booker leaned on his toughness after throwing away his mask to protect his tattered nose (25 points) before fouling out. Chris Paul remained on the sidelines for eight years for the league’s health and safety protocol (18 points, 7 assists), so he relied on his wisdom while rusting in the second game. Sands swept the Denver Nuggets in the second round, then took a break and took a week off to prepare for the Clippers before navigating.
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What about the Clippers? They looked like fried. George (23 points), Reggie Jackson (20), Ivica Zubac (13) and Mann (12) broke the two-digit number. The Clippers also missed three three-pointers, two jumpers, two layups and two turnovers during a scoreless stretch from 10:07 to 6:00 in the fourth quarter. Just as George had the right lift to make his first foul shot when the Sands skillfully fouled George to avoid the possibility of forcing an extra time with the Clippers winning three pointers. I couldn’t see.
“I’m not going to use it as an excuse or have anything to count on,” George said. “I feel good and I’m there.”
To be fair, the game can be tilted in the opposite direction. What if DeMarcus Cousins deliberately misses a second foul shot instead of hitting the ball from the backboard while the Clippers are chasing 81-79 with 5.8 seconds remaining? ?? What if Nicolas Batum wasn’t called out of bounds with 7.8 seconds left while chasing 79-78? What if the Clippers didn’t commit a shot clock violation during the drought?
All fair points. But there were already signs that the Clippers fatigue was making the most of them. The most notable example occurred in the defeat of Game 2. This also ended with George missing a free-throw pair before Eighton turned around with 0.7 seconds left in lob play. Another example occurred in the defeat of Game 1. The game played just 36 hours after defeating jazz in Game 6. All teams had to play every other day in the hope of ending the season before the Olympics, but it’s clear why the Clippers were scheduled for the afternoon game instead of the afternoon game. Not. evening.
“It’s a war of attrition,” Jackson said. “The guys are doing everything they can to get rest and recovery and come back in the best possible way to find a way to succeed. It’s a crazy schedule. It’s going fast. But we’re all treated the same card. We know we have to prepare for this challenge in Game 5. This is the mental battle and physical body between two great teams. It will be a typical battle. “
Without Leonard watching the match with his family in the suite instead of playing on the court, this would be a mental and physical fight.
“If he’s not 100%, we don’t want him there,” George said. “It’s as a brother and as a teammate. His health is of utmost importance. I can’t talk about the extent of his injury or what he can and cannot give us. His health is of utmost importance. is.”
It leaves the Clippers in an unstable position. They are undoubtedly fighting to overcome the 3-1 Series deficit as Lou helped the Cleveland Cavaliers do the same for the Golden State Warriors at the 2016 NBA Finals. However, the Clippers appear to be running in the sky, as the Clippers showed in Game 4 with missed shots and missed free throws.
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The Clippers faced Sands in Game 4 and lags behind 3-1.