Clippers hold off Celtics in run-of-the-mill clash – San Bernardino Sun

You wouldn’t want to put the video of the Clippers’ 91-82 win over the Boston Celtics in a timeline to share with future generations.

Of course, unless your goal is to show those people who hopefully will never utter the words “health and safety protocols,” the 2021-22 NBA season could be how.

Or, perhaps, if you wanted to share an example of what it looks like to pull off a road win under duress that is unique to this season.

“Winning bad is good,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said, via Zoom, after his team went on a two-loss streak and improved to 18-17 heading into the head-to-head test in Toronto and Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve. First day of the year.

“We are going to win this. It’s been a big win for us, gets us out of the way and hopefully we can build on this one. ”

The Clippers dropped nine players on Wednesday, including their leads Kawhi Leonard (ACL) and Paul George (elbow), as well as starting guard Reggie Jackson, who cleared safety protocols COVID-19 health and safety on Wednesday but it will take some time to strengthen his condition before he returns to play.

Also missing: Rookie guard Brandon Boston Jr., who scored 27 points to help the Clippers win, 114-111, in the Clippers’ first meeting with the Celtics on December 8, was included in the squads. health and safety protocol on Wednesday morning. .

The Celtics, meanwhile, are seven players short, with six of them in health and safety protocols and Marcus Smart being treated for a hand injury.

Without all that talent, the Clippers themselves could still have won despite shooting only 40.7% (33 to 81) and losing the backlash, 21-9 – a familiar deficit that last This contributes to less than 20 shots. and a 28-8 difference in second chance scores.

However, they overcame the Celtics, who were partly baffled by the Clippers’ regional defense and partly victimized by the hardcore basketball gods.

They shoot 35% (35 for 101) and – amazingly – 9.5% from a 3-point range (4 for 42). It was the second-worst 3-point shot in the NBA this season, after a 7.7% effort of their own, when they were just 2 for 26 from a 3-point range in a 115-112 loss to Washington in October.

“They have a lot of wide views that they can create,” says Terance Mann after taking the shot twice, looking at those shooting ratios on the box score. “But, you know, they’ve gone missing and that’s what keeps us in this area. I’m sure if they made some we’d get away with it, but yeah they were missing so that helped us. ”

And still, Boston was not outside until the final moments at TD Garden, where a sold-out crowd of 19,156 fans witnessed the incident.

Eric Bledsoe, who scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth round, hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 remaining time to give the Clippers an 86-78 lead before Boston responded with a hit Jaylen Brown and a pitch by Robert Williams III to cut the lead back to four points.

And then the pair of Clippers players with ties to Massachusetts snuffed it out.

Former Celtic player Marcus Morris Sr. was fouled and took both free throws to recapture the 88-82 lead. He then completed a defensive rebound – his 10th – with 36.3 seconds remaining to create the Clippers’ next scoring opportunity. And Terance Mann, who was playing in front of his 50 men, including family and friends, former teammates and neighbors from nearby Lowell, Massachusetts, finished the Celtics (16-19) with a pitch and take a free throw.

Playing in familiar encirclements, for him, Morris led the Clippers with 23 points in a 9-of-21 shoot. It was his seventh 20-plus opening start in nine games, with four absent. face in sandwich protocols.

Morris joined COVID-19 protocol on December 18 and left Sunday, eight days later.

After Wednesday’s game, Morris said he has felt “a bit weird” since his return.

“I feel like my breath is a little bit, you know, a little funny,” Morris said. “But, (crap), you know we have a job to do. I go out and just keep playing my game and keep helping my team win.” Clippers hold off Celtics in run-of-the-mill clash – San Bernardino Sun

Huynh Nguyen

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