On the second night of a back-to-back, a shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers (42-19) team was able to pull off a win against the Memphis Grizzlies (29-28) 117-105 at Staples Center. The Clippers had 4 out of 5 of their starters sit out this game, and looked ready to just take an L at the start of the game. They let Memphis score 39 points in the first quarter and get out to as much as an 18 point lead. Things looked pretty dire. The team to their credit did not just give up and lay down. After the first the Clips buckled down on defense and turned things around.
They defeated them in every quarter thereafter, and not allowed them to score more than 23 points in each stanza. This was a pretty remarkable win against- as of right now- a playoff team, without most of their best players and on the back half of a back-to-back. The Clippers have had more than a few wins this season that they can hang their hats on, and this one is definitely one they can add to the list. This double digit win for their 3rd in a row, is one that they can be proud of for sure.
STAR OF THE GAME
Luke Kennard and his game leading 28 points on 10 out of 16 shooting, to go along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. With most of the starters out this game due to injury or just rest, Luke got the nod for this game. I told you that he would be ready when called upon next, and he proved me right in this game. His production assuredly led the Clips to attain this unlikely win. He made 6 out of 7 from the 3 point line, and each one of his 3’s helped swing or maintain the momentum for his team. He led the game in minutes at 38, and showed why he has earned that right last night.
I could say health once again, but it’s difficult to complain about that when the team pulls off a W against a playoff team with pretty much just their bench guys. They’ve shown they can possibly win an entire playoff series with just their reserves. Although I’d rather not see them test that notion. They continue to prove that they are the deepest team in the league. They are not as top heavy as some of the other contenders, and have the talent up down the roster to sustain success despite adversity.
Without a doubt Yogi Ferrell with his 8 points, 7 assists, and a steal off the bench. This guy just signed a 10 day contract with the team, and has only be with them for a few days. When he was out on the floor as the point guard, the playbook was pretty much bare-boned due to his lack of practice with them. So for him to rack up 7 assists was surprising to say the least. His hustle plays, and contribution despite his lack of knowledge of what the team does should earn him at least another 10 day contract when this one expires.
Vs. Houston Rockets, Friday April 23rd at 5:00PM Pacific
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