Original title: The Clippers suffered 4 consecutive losses!Tyronn Lue grinned and said harsh words to point out the real reason for the loss and then made new demands on Harden.
The competition for the NBA mid-season championship continues. The Clippers went to an away game to challenge the Mavericks. After completing the lineup upgrade in the offseason, the Mavericks achieved an impressive record of 6 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, the Clippers showed two polarities before and after Harden joined. Before Harden joined, they were soaring and reached the top four in the Western Conference. After Harden joined, it was difficult to win and was in the midst of a three-game losing streak.
The Clippers were in hot form at the beginning and made a perfect 8-0 start. Coupled with the good chemical linkage between Harden and Kawhi, the Clippers once established a double-digit lead.
As a result, the Clippers collapsed in the second quarter, scoring only 18 points in a single quarter, while the Mavericks scored 47 points inside and outside, winning by 29 points in a single quarter, leading by 26 points at halftime.
The Clippers found their rhythm in the second half, but the Mavericks’ offensive status was still hot. The two teams started a battle and the Mavericks maintained a lead of more than 20 points. In the end, the Clippers beat the Clippers 144-126 in three quarters. The latter suffered a 4-game losing streak. .
In this way, after the Harden trade was completed, the 76ers, his old club, won 5 consecutive victories and surged to the top of the Eastern Conference. The Clippers struggled to win a single victory in the 3 games that Harden joined and fell to the bottom of the Western Conference. five.
The polarizing performance of the old and new clubs also plunged Harden into the vortex of public opinion. Harden played 29 minutes in the game, making 3 of 6 shots and 2 of 3 three-pointers. He scored 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 steals. The turnover data has a plus-minus value of -6.
Regardless of the data or game presentation, it is difficult to blame Harden for the Clippers’ loss, because during Harden and Leonard’s leadership, the Clippers once established a double-digit lead in the first quarter.
When George, Westbrook and Harden were used together, the Clippers collapsed quickly. George was in poor condition, shooting 3 of 12 from the field, 1 of 7 three-pointers, 1 of 1 free throw, and scored 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Since Harden played, George suddenly seemed to be unable to play. In the past three games, he averaged only 14 points per game, shooting 27.9% from the field, 17.4% from three-point range, and a plus-minus of -28.
Another affected player was Westbrook. He played 21 minutes and made 5 of 11 shots. He scored 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. His plus-minus value was -26, the lowest in the game.
Faced with this situation, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue was very calm. After the game, he grinned when talking about the tragic defeat, and he did not forget to drop harsh words to let his opponents take advantage of this time.
Then Tyronn Lue said: “We will get better, we will be fine, they’d better make good use of this time. (While we haven’t adjusted well yet)”
In fact, Tyronn Lue’s words revealed the real reason for the Clippers’ losing streak. Throughout NBA history, it is difficult for all giants to succeed in the first season when they join forces. The Suns next door also lose more than they win.
In addition, Tyronn Lue took the initiative to take responsibility after the game, saying that he was responsible for the loss. Some of the team’s lineups were too short. This was his fault, and he could not blame the players who worked hard on the court.
Finally, Tyronn Lue talked about the new aid Harden and put forward new requirements for the latter’s future role. The star Harden is expected to play more time with the center players.
Tyronn Lue said that the team played well at some points in the game. He believed that Harden may have felt the most comfortable since joining in the first quarter. Next, the team will ensure that he and the big man are on the court at the same time. Because he can play pick-and-roll, he can create opportunities for his teammates and himself after breaking through.
It is worth mentioning that Tyronn Lue also explained this. He believes that the small lineup is just not suitable for him temporarily. Until he gets better and his game condition is better, he will appear with a No. 5 player. I believe both partners will help the team.
It is not difficult to tell from Tyronn Lue’s post-game interview that he fully understands why the team is currently unable to win.
The first point is that the Big Four players need to work together. The second point is that after the Harden trade, the depth of the team’s forwards and interior lines has declined, resulting in a short lineup. The lineup needs to be adjusted to deal with this problem. The last point is that Harden himself has not played for a long time. Likewise, It takes some time to improve your condition and body shape.
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