Clippers coach Tyrone Lo said before Sunday’s 112-91 loss to New Orleans that Kawhi Leonard had already been disqualified for Monday’s second game of a back-to-back game against Houston due to a stiff knee, a pattern that could extend to. the classroom.

The All-Star striker, who sat on the bench Sunday in streetwear, has played only two of the Clippers’ first six games, averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in those two competitions.

“It’s going to be game to game right now,” he told me. “He feels better; we’re just continuing with rehab and trying to get rid of the stiffness he had in that knee. But he’s feeling better, so that’s a great sign.”

But that doesn’t mean the Clippers can sit back and wait for their star to return. Not if Paul George has anything to say about it.

“I mean, we still have work to do,” said George, who still has a respiratory infection. “As one of the leaders in this team, we still have work to do regardless of who plays and who doesn’t.

“We just don’t do what we need to do. Point blank, point. Another team came in, hit the ball well out of the three, from the general field goal range, all over the field. There are teams that shoot well against us and we’re not playing the defense we need.” to play.”

The Pelicans, who had six players in double figures, shot 49.5% from the field, 41.7% from a 3-point range and scored 54 points in the paint. CJ McCollum (22 points) and Zion Williamson (21 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists) led the Pelicans.

“We give the teams the freedom to play their way,” said George, who only had 14 points in 5 shootings from 19 and three rebounds.

Falling numbers

After Sunday’s loss, the Clippers ranked 29th in the league in offensive rating at 101.3; The last in the ratio trading at 17.6, and 27 in the ratio of 3 points at 31.5.

moving parts

Terance Mann started in place of Leonard, a move that Lue said was done so they could get Norman Powell off the bench. Powell scored a game-high 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists against New Orleans.

He told me, “I’m just trying to get Norm to get used to the role he’s going to play moving forward when we get back to Kohi and we’re just trying to start building some kind of chemistry on both sides of the floor.” “And to have him in his natural role would be very smart.”

John Wall said he doesn’t expect to play against the Rockets in the second half of a back-to-back game. The minutes of a meeting of what Lue called “the meticulous police” are monitored.

honoring his mother

Wall wore a pair of pink Nike shoes in honor of his mother who passed away of breast cancer in 2019. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

Pick a colorful pair of new Kobes later in the game.

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