Tyronn Lue and the LA Clippers have had an uphill battle this season as they attempt to make the playoffs despite the absence of two top players. The Clippers had to stay afloat and it was quite a tough challenge without Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, who were injured during last season’s postseason run. They were unsuccessful in the play-in tournament games, having first been upset by Minnesota and the Pelicans since last night.
Lue was greatly disappointed, not making the playoffs for the first time as a team’s assistant or head coach. “It’s a disappointed dressing room but the guys in there have nothing to hang their heads about. I know we didn’t make the playoffs, but considering what happened this year, I’m very proud of our boys.” said the coach.
LA Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Game Recap
Tyronn Lue has certainly put in a lot of effort with the Clippers this season, especially since they started out top as a playoff contender. George’s brief exit from the game injured the team and consequently brought them to the play-in berths. As unfortunate as the circumstances may have been, the Clippers suffered two tragic losses in the play-ins.
George did not play the Pelicans, who defeated Los Angeles 105-101, thus ending their playoff dreams. Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson both had 27 points each during the game. The presence of PG13 would have given them a boost on offense as he has averaged 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game this season. George was away due to health and safety protocols. The Clippers shot 41.2% from the field, 25% from threes, and 64.7% from the line in their last game.
LeBron James praises Tyronn Lue for being a COTY candidate-level leader
LeBron James, who played under Tyronn Lue during his coaching years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, praised Lue on Twitter, saying: “Simply the BEST trainer in the game! Argue with your children not me.” LeBron had a very successful run in Cleveland and was coached by Lue as well as other players like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
Ty Lue helped the Cavs win their first-ever NBA title in his first-ever year as head coach in 2016. The Cavs finished first in the Central Division three straight years and made the playoffs in those consecutive seasons. Lue joined the Clippers last season, where he led the team to the Western Conference Finals. They finished fourth in the West with a record 47 wins and 25 losses. Despite a poor run this year, the Clippers are expected to have a fully healthy and functioning squad, including Kawhi, who is set to return from injury.
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