LOS ANGELES – It rained in Los Angeles on Wednesday, one of the rare meteorological events that seem to have moved to this city while paralyzing traffic. Around the same time, the Clippers were kicked out earlier in the morning before their match against the Boston Celtics.
Shootarounds tend to be remarkable, but the weather was as bizarre and rare: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were finally on the court together, for the first time as an official team member. One of the Clippers marketing slogans is “We Over Me sezon this season, but it has rarely been a whole. George missed the first 11 games of the season while avoiding shoulder surgery, and when Leonard took part in the series that began last week, Leonard decided with a left kneeling.
Still on Wednesday, they came in a row: the first joint shot area and then the first mates became superfriends. In some ways, it came as the season started all over again.
Clippers Coach Coach Rivers said about an hour and a half before the game started, bir I think I know what to expect, gerçekten but I really don't know what to expect.
The rivers injured everything by taking a piece: ball loss, return to the game and a look at the scary potential of your team.
It was not surprising that the Clippers were unequal in their 107-104 overtime victory: Leonard missed the previous three games, George is still trying to play and his teammates are dealing with the change. However, the Celtics took the court at the affiliated Staples Center for the best recording at the N.B.A.'s Eastern Conference, and the Clippers still emerged with a win.
George finished with 25 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds, uz We understand that we will suffer. ” Iz We will make mistakes. It's not gonna be pretty right now. But no matter what the case, we'il find a way to win. "
Leonard added 17 points and blocked the Celtics 'Kemba Walker in the fridge to keep his win, but when Leonard and George saw the scene, the most prominent thing was the supporters' game. Patrick Beverley had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Lou Williams scored 27 points from the team. Clippers (10-5) revealed the depth.
Ek If we trust the pass, the ball will find the open man, Rivers Rivers said, “and the open man will hit.”
All this depth is the luxury that Leonard and George feel their own way in the process. Rivers remembered that the team met with their staff after the morning shots and reflected how awkward it all was: When was the last time he had an unexpected start in real time with another tandem practice court?
Ik We couldn't find one, Rivers Rivers said.
Of course, Leonard and George weren't exactly strangers when they came for Wednesday's game. While Leonard coordinated their placement in Los Angeles during the summer, he only agreed to sign it after signing an agreement with the Clippers. George made a deal to buy Oklahoma City from Thunder. And they've been around each other for months.
At the beginning of the season, they appeared together in billboards and television commercials and in the wildest dreams of the franchise champions. Everything reflected how suddenly he was at risk for the Clippers, who had mortgaged a huge chunk of their long-term future. It is worth remembering what is necessary to loosen them from Oklahoma City: a package of the first five rounds of the future and one of the most promising young actors, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
However, the Clippers are now alive, and George has been very quick to prove his value by proving their average value with an average of 29.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the first three games of the team – a knee injury while Leonard was nursing. After months of playing competitive basketball, George's return seemed effortless.
Unlike Wednesday, however, it was a turning point for a franchise that was never synonymous with success. Rivers acknowledged that he had experienced a smorgasbord emotions before the match: excitement and tension, as well as curiosity to see what all of them would look like. He knew that Leonard and George would take time to establish chemistry and the team to adapt to revised rotations and roles as a whole. But come on: It was finally.
Of course, Leonard buried 3 cursors in the Clippers' opening property. A few items later fell into the trap of George, who drew his 3 cursors. Everything looked too good to be true – and it was, because the Clippers spent the rest of the game finishing as if the ball was covered with oil and lost 23 balls.
Sırasında I thought we were sloppy during the transition, Rivers Rivers said. Yerine Instead of trying to throw the ball, we were trying to get it to men. I mean, there were times when we had direct drives and we were looking at the cross court instead. "
At the same time, it was clear to Leonard and George how much trouble the defenders had when they were on the court together. They drew a lot of attention to make room for their teammates. Beverley and Williams were among the advantages.
Beverley, I picked up and rolled, “and I was so clear, I didn't know what to do. Bever
At his own conference, George reminded everyone that the Clippers were not just a "two-headed monster." But now, after a long wait, in the end they are all one.