The Clippers can not overcome another dud half against the Pelicans – Press Enterprise

The Clippers have one more game against New Orleans scheduled for this season. For their fans, it will be the viewers’ discretion when the Pelicans arrive in LA on April 3rd.

The Pelicans are constantly confusing coach Tyronn Lue’s team, including Thursday, as they beat the Clippers, 113-89, in front of 15,406 fans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The loss dropped LA to 21-22 overall and to 0-3 against the Pelicans this season, while extending New Orleans’ overall winning streak over the Clippers to five games.

Lue – whose 60.3% winning percentage as head coach might be a few ticks higher if he did not have to visit New Orleans – fell to 0-6 all the time as he has led teams into Crescent City.

And if anyone feels like blaming jersey juju, the Clippers dropped to 2-6 this season in their black “statement” suits.

But it probably had more to do with the team’s continued offensive problems.

Still shorthanded without injured All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and four others, the Clippers fought mightily early for the second game in a row, putting just 34 points on the board in the first half.

And although they improved offensively when Lue turned on the hungry youngsters on the list in the second half, they scored 55 points but gave up 60, without being able to gather the same defensive strength against the Pelicans that the Clippers had in their comeback victory two nights. formerly against Denver.

The Pelicans (16-26) won their second game in a row. After starting the season 1-12, the former Clipper Willie Green’s team has 15-14 since.

Meanwhile, the loss interrupted the Clippers’ modest winning streak in two games. They play next Saturday in San Antonio.

“Everyone is in good spirits,” said Terance Mann, whose 15 points went in the pace of the Clippers, who have nine other road games ahead of them this jam-packed January.

“We know that every match will not be easy and we will use these games as training. So you know we will definitely learn from some of this game and apply it to the next one. And you know, so on and so forth , as we get through the month. ”

On Thursday, the Clippers and their hosts were both fresh after winning dramatically two nights before.

The Clippers overcame a 25-point deficit in an 87-85 victory over the Nuggets, and the Pelicans got a boost from Brandon Ingrams game-winning 3-pointers with 1.3 seconds left in their 128-125 victory over Minnesota.

But then the Clippers followed their NBA-low 28-point effort in the first half Tuesday with an almost equally anemic opening half in New Orleans, where they only went 11 for 42 from the field and 2 of 18 from 3-point range.

The Clippers’ starters – Marcus Morris Sr., Nicolas Batum, Reggie Jackson, Ivica Zubac and Amir Coffey (who were on a one-minute limit after logging 43 minutes on Tuesday) – contributed to the 53-34 break by shooting 21.4 % from floor, and 0 for 13 behind the arch.

To put the Clippers’ new sluggish habit in the first half in perspective: By Tuesday, an NBA team had only once this season scored less than 35 points in an opening half, as Miami only delivered 35 points in a loss to Boston on the 4th. November. .

The Pelicans – who shot 43 for 97 overall (44.3%) and 14 for 39 from deep (35.9%) – finished with just six turnovers, a season low for them and the fewest of a Clippers opponent this season. Six New Orleans players finished in double digits, including all five starters – at a pace of Ingram’s 24 points. They dominated the boards, 57-46.

The Clippers – who had 15 turnovers (leading to 23 points) – failed to crack 90 points for the second game in a row and fifth time this season, and they finished 31 for 81 overall (38.3%) from the field and 10 for 34 from long. interval (29.4%).

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