The Los Angeles Clippers are a split slate. Without one or both of their wings, they are on a steep slope. There are three different incarnations of Tai Loi’s spin. The Kawhi Leonard Clippers are almost mechanical in their execution as the two-time champion is in charge of the offense. Paul George’s Clippers are the sweet and sour version we’ve been used to since the 2021 Western Conference Finals.
Leonard and George are the blockbuster co-op that is believed to be a Western Conference favorite for the 2023 NBA title. Instead, they practically split up sponsorship of the starting lineup during the regular season and play as a split team in the Midfield. In 25 of the 42 games they played this season, Leonard and George played without each other, or neither matched well.
It’s one thing to lose one star for large periods of a season, but not having both for intermittent periods is a definite drawback. When the Clippers play together, they are 9-6 and can please opponents with their perimeter defense. A month ago, they seemed to hit their stride by pouncing on the Celtics in a 113-93 evisceration of the defending champs, but January is when the wayward contenders start to correct course.
Clippers season so far
So far in 2023, Clipperland’s six-game losing streak has dropped them back to the . 500 record and there’s no end to this slide in sight. George’s hamstring injury forced him to miss seven games in December, but an aggravation of his strained muscles on January 5th would keep him out for several more games. The injury occurred after the Clippers erased an 18-point deficit against the Heat with George leading the lane. With Leonard out, the Clippers fell for their fourth consecutive win.
Fortunately for the Clippers, the Western Conference Hurricane allowed the 21-21 Clippers to stay within striking distance of the third seed in the West.
in games He played George without Leonard, and his inconsistency was a theme. George always oscillated between the perfect two-way and three-level scoring winger and the error-prone albatross. It’s 60 percent of the entire universe, and 40 percent likely to crash for about 35 minutes a night.
George’s polar opposite is Leonard’s robotic brilliance. However, Leonard has been ramping up for months now. In his final months, Leonard has been available for a full slate of games, and with the minute restrictions lifted, he’s firing on all cylinders again.
Two years ago, these Clippers were about to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time. Leonard Marshmallow put the ACL kibosh into the 2021 playoffs and finished his entire campaign 21-22.
Who are the other game makers?
Pre-season favorite status returned, but results fell short of expectations. Despite signing John Wall in the offseason, the Clippers’ search for a superior table setter to attack them was fruitless. Without the explosive speed, Wall’s driving lanes disappear before he can hack or drive and kick. And in just minutes, he became one of the most efficient dual threat guards in the league. Reggie Jackson’s brick-building overconfidence can shoot Clipperland in the foot and off the leads.
The bulk of the toy industry is made from their wings, which are often evacuated by George and Leonard. In addition to the growing list of injuries, there are six consecutive players in which George and Leonard are expected to sit at either the front half or the back.
The team’s cohesion gave way to the split screen between George and Leonard. This team is made as if it was built to win in 2017. Ivan Zupak was lost in the Amazon jungle when he was pulled from the paint. in the heavy league today, ZiwiPeak is out of his depth. In the Bullets, Marcus Morris was an effective small ball center, but even that couldn’t be sustained in the postseason. But more importantly, the responsibility stops with Leonard and George. With the season beginning a controlled downward spiral, the Clips need both wingers to keep them sliding toward the NBA Finals.
the rest affiliate the West
Most of clippers’ peers in the West have been building chemistry for years. The Golden State’s Splash Brothers have started more matches together (22) than the Clippers’ superstar tandem. While Carey recovered, Every night it was game 6 by Clay Thompson. Desmond Bean and Ja Morant have only played in 17 games together, but the Grizzlies are engaged in a tug of war with New Orleans for first place in the Western Conference standings.