The comeback leaves the short-sleeved Clippers exhausted and determined – San Bernardino Sun

Don’t exhale.

With two games remaining, the Clippers have 75% become the most grueling run of the season.

Is not of them Hardest road trip. The the toughest.

The eight-game, 13-day adventure is underway, kicking off in Denver on January 19, ending with a match in a row, starting with another early Sunday event in Charlotte before on the last stop on Monday in Indianapolis.

They will make brief stops in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest in the longest trip the team has made since the Clippers played nine straight road games in 2005.

This is also the longest run any NBA team has made in 2021-22.

And that’s only half of it.

Although the Clippers – who are winning 3-3 since they left LA – weren’t exactly fighting blindfolded and with their hands tied behind their backs, they did it almost entirely from behind and somewhat involved. uninjured All-Stars Kawhi Leonard (ACL) and Paul George (elbow), as well as veteran striker Marcus Morris Sr. (personal reasons).

Tyronn Lue’s team follows with 24 points in one Win 102-101 in Philadelphia; by 14 of them Lose 110-102 in New York; equal to 35 in 116-115 historic victory in Washington DC; by 14 of them Win 111-102 in Orlando; and before 23 on friday in a Losing 121-114 in Miami.

The only time they didn’t face a double-digit deficit was in Denver, where they fell behind by 9 – in a game where they lose during overtime, 130-128.

And, yes, “it’s exhausting,” Lue said after the Clippers’ tarmac ended before they could complete their latest spirited comeback Friday against the Eastern Conference-led Heat.

“Oh, I’m tired of it,” Lue said on Zoom. “But our boys, we do what we can. We eliminate and compete and when we find the right combination, we stick with it and they stick with it, knowing we can come back. … It’s not something we want to keep doing, but when you’re henchmen, you have to do what you have to do to try to make a game of it. ”

With their unyielding determination and flair for drama, the Clippers may keep audiences off track, but they’re still people and the workload is growing.

Justise Winslow joined Kennard and Eric Bledsoe on the field during the fourth quarter on Friday, when his left calf began to complain.

“I mean, I had a cramp,” said Winslow, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and was on the field in Friday’s final 17:37 loss.

“But basketball is hard, you have to sweat, you should want Gatorade, you can’t play all the minutes like me – I don’t know how I did that. My leg hurts a bit, but man, this is what you want as an opponent, to be in these close matches, to be able to fight and fight back. But it’s definitely a grueling sport.”

Bodyguard Luke Kennard has been leading the chase recently. In the past three games, the Clippers have trailed the opponent by 56 points in the 93 minutes he was on the field; he connected to 12 of the 22 3 pointers he took and seven miles in that distanceaccording to NBA tracking data.

“We’ve always believed, but you know, it’s tough when you have to be down a lot in games,” said Kennard, who played 31 in a possible 36 minutes in the fourth quarter in three games. Clippers’ past – minutes where he concentrated impressively, hitting 10 of his 14 shots.

“I mean, it broke us down,” Kennard said. “It was a long trip. It was an exhausting trip. But we will continue to fight. And hopefully, these last games, we can start the game a little bit better and everyone is just tied up in the first half. ”

CLIPPERS (25-26) at HORNETS (28-22)

Time: Sunday, 10 a.m. Pacific Time

Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV / Radio: Bally Sports SoCal / 570 AM

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/29/comebacks-leave-short-handed-clippers-exhausted-determined/ The comeback leaves the short-sleeved Clippers exhausted and determined – San Bernardino Sun

Tom Vazquez

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