Apparently, the Los Angeles Clippers now get that, even though they stumbled in that regard Saturday when they were beaten 107-97 by the Atlanta Hawks before a sellout of 19,236 at Staples Center.
The Hawks have won two straight and four of their past five games. The Clippers haven’t been performing to the pre-tournament favorite level and Griffin’s injury has only made things harder for head coach Doc Rivers and company. But he scored just two points in the second half and finished 6 of 16 from the field. Center Jordan also had 11 rebounds and Paul 11 assists. “We know that. So it’s one of those things that we’re going to let them know we’re legit, that we’re for real”.
The Hawks had six double-digit scorers with Dennis Schroder (16), Kyle Korver (15), Humphries (14), Jeff Teague (12), Paul Millsap (11) and Kent Bazemore. Both teams are scheduled to meet twice this season; this match will decide their fate and the Hawks are in full bloom to have a win that will give them a series of flounce over the Lakers. “It’s not possible. He’s one of the best players in the National Basketball Association, so we can’t wait to have him back”.
Afterward, Rivers was asked what happened after his team earned that 17-point lead.
The Lakers couldn’t stop the Hawks in transition, either, with Atlanta scoring off Anthony Brown’s missed 3 and Russell’s turnover during its outburst.
The team will sport custom “Los Clippers” jerseys for Saturday’s game, and all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative “Los Clippers” LED wristband and a “Los Clippers/DTLA” t-shirt compliments of Aqua Caliente Resort and Casino.
The third quarter would provide the Hawks a 20-point lead, and LA never found a way to threaten the visitors from that point forward, which is not to say that they threatened the Hawks at any point prior.
“He’s questionable, which probably leans more toward doubtful with a back-to-back”, said Kerr, whose team plays the Orlando Magic on Monday at Oracle Arena.
Jeff Green started for the second straight game with Mbah a Moute out.
With Bryant’s career ticking down, he isn’t always in attendance when he’s not playing. The Hawks’ last sweep of the Lakers was four games in 1973-74….
The Staples Center crowd was notably frustrated, as Bryant’s retirement tour has been the main attraction in a dismal season.
The Clippers shot 43 percent, the Hawks 44.9.