Fierce, Los Angeles Clippers Silence City Rivals
MDP Live - The Los Angeles Clippers host a team that is their city rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. Through Reggie Jackson's crucial lay-up in the final seconds, the Clippers won with a narrow score of 111-110.
The match itself was actually quite exciting and interesting from the first minute. The Los Angeles Clippers, which was the host, had a long enough lead to enter the third quarter. Los Angeles Lakers who do not want to lose just try to get up and equalize. The Lakers' efforts had paid off, unfortunately they were caught off guard in the final seconds.
The Lakers did not keep Reggie Jackson who carried the ball and made a crucial lay-up. Anthony Davis also came close to scoring the winning shot when the buzzer sounded. Unfortunately, his shot missed and failed to bring the Lakers to victory.
Overall, Jackson appeared solid in this match. The player who wore the glasses had a total of 25 points and 8 rebounds. Not to be outdone by Jackson, Marcus Morris Sr. also appeared productive. He became the top scorer with 29 points.
Moving to the Lakers camp, Anthony Davis and Malik Monk became the two players whose roles were most prominent on the team. Davis scored an impressive double-double with 30 points and 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, Monk, who was trusted by Frank Vogel to play as a starter, also appeared solid. The former Charlotte Hornets player added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
Worse than first thought, Paul George may be out until the end of the season
MDP Live - After a heroic victory over the Denver Nuggets, bad news came to the Los Angeles Clippers. According to Bleacher Report, Clippers star Paul George, who is sidelined through injury, may not return to play this season.
The player who is familiar with the acronym PG has been sidelined since the end of December. In his report at that time, PG suffered a tear injury in the elbow muscle area. Estimated healing time was estimated at 3-4 weeks, but Bleacher Report got this news.
Knowing this situation, the same report says the Clippers are also getting ready. The Clippers are preparing various scenarios to deal with the remainder of the season and the transfer deadline is approximately one month away.
PG has been the Clippers' top choice since Kawhi Leonard picked up an ACL injury in the Western Conference semifinals last season. In 26 games this season, PG is averaging 24.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. PG had also entered the debate for MVP at the beginning of this season.
On the other hand, losing PG looked very difficult for the Clippers. In the last 10 games, the Sixers suffered six defeats. The Clippers overall have a 50 percent winning record (21-21) and are in eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
The position is still fairly safe for the Clippers. However, the season is still half way through and if PG is completely out of action and Kawhi doesn't return this season, the Clippers can only rely on Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris and Terance Mann. These three names are good role players, but have not been tested as the team's mainstay.
It will be interesting to see how the Clippers deal with the rest of the season. Will they continue to struggle to reach the playoffs without their two stars? Or take the opposite step, take a break and prepare the team for next season.
Nikola Jokic sets a record as the Nuggets beat the Clippers
MDP Live - The Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-100. The victory could not be separated from the brilliant performance of Nikola Jokic.
In Monday's clash at Staples Center, Nikola Jokic scored 26 points, equaled his career-best 22 rebounds and also contributed eight assists as the visiting Denver Nuggets fought back to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-100 on Sunday night. (26 December).
With the success of Jokic scoring 25 points + 20 rebounds + five assists for the second time in a row, then he managed to match the achievements of NBA basketball legend Charles Barkley who last did so in the 1988 season. Previously, Jokic managed to make 29 points, 21 rebounds and five assists as the Nuggets beat the Charlotte Hornets.
In the game at home to the Clippers, Luke Kennard had scored a three-point shot to make the Clippers narrow the gap to 100-101. Jokic made two free shots to bring his team to win the game.
However, Jokic does not work alone. He had help from Will Barton who added 17 points, Davon Reed added 15 and Austin Rivers and Monte Morris each had 12 points for Denver.
From the Clippers camp, Eric Bledsoe scored 18 points and 10 assists, Brandon Boston Jr. also scored 18 points and Ivica Zubac had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers. Terance Mann had 11 points and eight assists and Serge Ibaka had 10 points for the Clippers.
Elbow Injury, Paul George Threatens To Miss Long From The Clippers Squad
MDP Live - Los Angeles Clippers basketball player, Paul George, had to accept the harsh reality where he had to be sidelined for a long time due to an elbow injury. Not yet known, how long George can return to play on the field.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski as a well-known reporter for ESPN, Paul George was diagnosed with a torn UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) injury in his right elbow. Given that there is a torn ligament, of course the recovery process that George has to undergo will take a lot of time. For now, the team of doctors will evaluate George in the next month.
After a month, George will be checked again and ascertained whether he can return to play in the near future or not. Worst case scenario, George could miss the rest of the NBA this season if the injury is more severe than expected.
This news is clearly a crushing blow for the Los Angeles Clippers. Tyronn Lue's team will stumble when George is left. How not, George is the Clippers' most fertile player this season. The player who is familiar with the nickname PG13 is able to score an average of 25 points and 7 rebounds per game.
Apart from losing George, the Clippers also cannot be strengthened by Kawhi Leonard because he has not yet recovered from his knee injury. Like it or not, Lue must take advantage of the remaining players to appear solid for the rest of the season. Possibly, they will rely on other players such as Luke Kennard, Reggie Jackson, or Marcus Morris.