The Clippers wasted a double-digit lead against the Pelicans despite leading by ten points entering the fourth quarter.
The NBA is a game of runs, and the Pels were fortunate that theirs came at the end.
Despite having a 15-point lead in the second quarter, the Pelicans responded with a 34-6 run to take a double-digit lead into the third quarter. New Orleans, however, came back in the fourth quarter thanks to Willie Green’s outstanding coaching inspiration and clutch buckets by Jonas Valanciunas, Brandon Ingram, and CJ McCollum.
The Clippers, who were already shorthanded because of COVID-19 (and had been without Kawhi Leonard all season), ran out of gas.
The Pelicans came out on top in a coaching adjustment workshop organized by Green and Clippers coach Ty Lue.
“He was adjusting,” Green explained. He took off his big shoes.” We were attempting to acclimate to their presence. We were unable to make it work. We reintroduced our bigs. That also didn’t work for us… As a result, we were dart-throwing at the dartboard. “
Green eventually made contact with his intended target.
The best jokes and tweets from the Pelicans’ victory over the Clippers
It’s difficult to be upset with the Clippers on the court, as the spare pieces shouldn’t be expected to challenge for a playoff spot without the likes of George and Leonard. If you play professional basketball, it’s very much about you. George and Kawhi are undoubtedly two of the best 20 players in the game.
That isn’t to say that fans can’t troll, at least a little.
Lakers supporters had a great time mocking the Clippers.
There were a slew of others like it.
It wouldn’t be the NBA Playoffs if the Clippers didn’t have a breakdown.
According to Nylon Calculus, the Milwaukee Bucks are favored to repeat as NBA champs.