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Without their stars, Clippers are no match against Warriors

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For a franchise that has gone all-in on its NBA title aspirations, this matchup towards the reigning champions might have represented a litmus take a look at.

As an alternative, Wednesday grew to become simply one other night time when the Clippers’ current and future plans hinged on medical assessments.

Their roster battered and incomplete for the higher a part of two seasons, the Clippers continued their short-handed begin in a 124-107 loss to Golden State with out injured All-Star wings Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and sharpshooter Luke Kennard.

Marcus Morris Sr. scored a team-high 19 factors, and Terance Mann and Norman Powell scored 17 apiece because the Clippers fell to 11-8, unable to rein in Andrew Wiggins’ season-high 31 factors and 19 Golden State three-pointers.

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“I want we have been full energy towards anyone,” coach Tyronn Lue mentioned. “Simply to get our rhythm and set up how we wish to play. Sadly that hasn’t been the case this yr, nevertheless it’s coming.”

Leonard had expressed little concern after he rolled his proper ankle in Monday’s victory towards Utah, however Lue mentioned Leonard woke with soreness Tuesday and regardless of “feeling higher,” Leonard has no timetable for a return, in line with the coach.

Neither does George, who has not performed since Nov. 19 due to a strained hamstring tendon, or Kennard, sidelined for a fourth consecutive sport due to a strained calf.

“I’m certain they’re actually anxious to get entire and when they’re entire, you take a look at that roster, it’s fairly spectacular,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “They’re one of many groups you’ve bought to assume will probably be round ultimately.”

The Clippers have been on the Warriors’ thoughts for the reason that earliest days of their reign. Throughout a July podcast look, solely weeks after the Warriors clinched their fourth championship in eight seasons, defensive star Draymond Inexperienced referred to as Lue’s group “a menace and an issue.”

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But if the full-strength Clippers’ potential has opponents’ respect, reaching it has been not possible almost one-quarter of the best way into the schedule as a result of they haven’t had a significant respite from damage since coaching camp closed.

The Clippers thrived final season whereas lacking chunks of their rotation. That grit hasn’t been solely extinguished. Regardless of permitting Klay Thompson 15 first-quarter factors, scoring solely 18 factors themselves within the second quarter whereas largely avoiding photographs within the paint and trailing by 19 after the Warriors closed the half on an 18-4 run, the Clippers trimmed their deficit to 11 within the third quarter.

When Golden State responded by exploiting miscommunication for a back-cut layup and three-pointer to push their result in 16, the Clippers stored coming, reducing it to 11 once more after which 9 with three minutes to play within the third. Then a pair of three-pointers by Stephen Curry, who scored 22, added once more to the Warriors cushion that was 16 after three quarters.

Clippers ahead Norman Powell (24) shoots towards Golden State Warriors ahead Anthony Lamb, foreground proper, and guard Donte DiVincenzo through the first half on Wednesday in San Francisco.

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“I favored the best way we stored combating,” Lue mentioned.

Even with the caveat that the Clippers’ most formidable names have been lacking, Wednesday revealed breakdowns they gained’t have the ability to afford even when Leonard and George are again.

The Clippers emphasised transition protection of their pregame preparation, but surrendered 14 fast-break factors within the first half, highlighted by Thompson beating the protection again for a simple dunk within the first quarter. There have been different game-plan errors too, as judged by the frequent sight of 1 participant questioning one other the place he had been on a damaged play.

When Curry checked again in with seven minutes to play within the fourth quarter, the Warriors led by 21. Solely 50 seconds later, that lead was 26.

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Mann began in Leonard’s place and Amir Coffey for George, simply as Lue turned to Coffey final season throughout George’s absence for months following his elbow damage. Coffey scored 13 factors in 36 minutes with seven assists.

And with the Clippers out of the blue mild on versatile wings, Robert Covington performed greater than 20 minutes for under the third time in 11 appearances, after his rotation spot had been misplaced in latest weeks whereas Lue expanded Mann’s function. Covington made considered one of seven photographs, and in addition took a Jordan Poole elbow to his jaw. Covington mentioned he understood when Lue advised him this month that the group needed to attempt a special path.

“He simply advised me, stick with him,” Covington mentioned.

Even with solely 10 wholesome gamers, Lue nonetheless made selections along with his minutes. One sport after committing eight turnovers and never enjoying within the fourth quarter, guard John Wall sat the ultimate 10 minutes. The Clippers have been outscored by 25 in his 21 minutes.

“We simply bought to take into consideration that he hasn’t performed in two years and pretty much as good as he’s been for us all yr, it’s solely his thirteenth or 14th sport in two years,” Lue mentioned.

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“It’s going to take a while for that. We understood that and he’s truly enjoying manner higher than I anticipated him to this early within the season.”

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Baker Mayfield’s game-winning drive shocks Raiders in miracle comeback win

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The chances had been in opposition to Baker Mayfield from the beginning of this recreation between the Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders. 

He was scooped off waivers by the Rams after being launched by the Carolina Panthers earlier this week. Mayfield received the playbook on Tuesday night time whereas flying to Los Angeles to fulfill together with his new coaches and teammates, giving him between 36-48 hours to be taught the performs if he was going to step underneath middle. 

However Mayfield, the previous first total number of the 2018 NFL Draft, didn’t simply grind out his first recreation within the hardest of circumstances. He led a miracle comeback to defeat the Raiders, 17-16, at SoFi Stadium in his first begin as a Ram. 

Van Jefferson #12 of the Los Angeles Rams catches the sport profitable landing in opposition to Sam Webb #27 of the Las Vegas Raiders throughout the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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The Rams’ beginning quarterback wasn’t introduced till Los Angeles ran out on the sector for the primary time, and it was John Wolford underneath middle. He was coping with a neck harm heading into the sport and the Rams weren’t certain if he’d be able to go. 

Seems, he won’t have been as a result of Mayfield jogged onto the sector proper after the Rams went three-and-out. 

Mayfield’s first cross off play-action was full for 21 yards to Van Jefferson, however he wanted a bit extra time to settle into the sport. Bear in mind, he had round 36-48 hours to be taught his new playbook, to not point out chemistry with receivers, checks pre-snap and way more. 

Mayfield’s first drive would result in three factors for Los Angeles, however he wouldn’t get extra till late within the fourth quarter when a 17-play, 75-yard drive resulted in Cam Akers simply moving into the top zone on a run play one yard out. 

That made it 16-10 and Los Angeles would power a Raiders punt on the following drive to at the very least give themselves an opportunity. But it surely needed to be a 97-yard miracle. 

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Given the state of affairs Mayfield discovered himself in, it was a troublesome hill to climb. However what did Mayfield must lose at this level within the recreation? 

Due to an unsportsmanlike conduct name after getting sacked, Mayfield and the Rams had been out of their very own finish zone and started working. Ben Skowronek made a unbelievable, contested seize for 32 yards on the following play, getting LA into Raiders’ territory. Mayfield continued to run the no-huddle offense and spiked it with 16 seconds left on the clock on the Vegas 23-yard line. 

Then, he dialed it as much as the defacto high huge receiver, Jefferson, who fought via contact and beat his man down the left sideline, hauling within the game-winning landing. 

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders throughout the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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Matt Homosexual nailed the additional level for the lead, and on the following possession, Derek Carr’s first cross was intercepted by security Taylor Rapp to ice the gorgeous comeback win, as LA snaps a six-game dropping streak to maneuver to 4-9 on the season.

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Regardless of the percentages set in opposition to him, Mayfield was 22 of 35 for 230 yards and one landing to gather simply his second win as a starter this season. He went 1-5 with the Panthers earlier than they launched him. 

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For the Raiders, it was one more head-scratching loss, particularly with how they set the tone on their first drive of the sport. Carr and the offense went 12 performs and 75 yards with Josh Jacobs busting it into the top zone to make it 7-0 early on. 

Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders makes a reception against Jalen Ramsey #5 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders makes a reception in opposition to Jalen Ramsey #5 of the Los Angeles Rams throughout the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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The Raiders’ protection was doing their job, too, recognizing Mayfield was studying the offense on the fly and feeding off that. Nonetheless, Carr couldn’t maintain drives for Las Vegas, particularly within the second half after they had been solely capable of safe one subject aim. He additionally threw an interception in the long run zone throughout the first half, which trying again now, was a game-changing play. 

Carr would end the sport 11 of 20 via the air with 137 yards and two interceptions, whereas Jacobs had 99 yards on 27 carries. 

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Davante Adams had a sick one-handed seize off Jalen Ramsey on the third play of the sport for the Raiders, however he’d end with simply three receptions on seven targets for 71 yards. 

The Raiders got here into this recreation nonetheless within the AFC playoff hunt and a win to maneuver to 6-7 would’ve helped their probabilities to safe a wild card spot down the stretch. 

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a cross throughout the first half of an NFL soccer recreation in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.
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As an alternative, Mayfield reminded everybody why he was the primary total choose to play spoiler on Thursday night time.   

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Paul George and Clippers powerless against Jimmy Butler in loss to Heat

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On the NBA circuit, there are few cities through which the visiting locker room clears out faster than right here, the place late-night dinners and nightlife await alongside Biscayne Bay or the quick drive to South Seaside.

And that’s on a very good evening. There was actually no purpose for the Clippers to linger after Thursday evening’s 115-110 loss to the Miami Warmth, after an evening the place small breakdowns continued the large development hanging over this season: The Clippers nonetheless can’t achieve traction on their championship pursuit, a relentless run of accidents main a preseason title contender to usually slip backward as quickly because it finds progress.

After Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning shot Monday claimed the opener of this four-game journey and injected life into the squad within the long-awaited return of Leonard and fellow All-Star Paul George from damage, the Clippers have misplaced to Orlando and Miami, groups which have struggled to search out their identities.

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Amid lengthy stares within the locker room, the Clippers remained optimistic that they might play the lengthy recreation and change into the staff they need to be.

“I’ve obtained confidence, that we’ve accomplished it earlier than, very comparable locker room over my time right here final three years, so I obtained confidence we are able to do it, we’ve simply obtained to all get wholesome and get on the identical web page and enjoying on the identical time,” level guard Reggie Jackson stated. “It’s going to take some reps however hopefully we are able to all get wholesome right here quickly and begin truly logging minutes collectively to place it collectively.”

Mentioned George: “We’re not that far off.”

A ten-point first-quarter Clippers lead was undone by permitting 13 consecutive factors. After the Clippers lower their deficit to at least one halfway via the fourth quarter, Miami started a 12-5 run within the subsequent 4 minutes. Bam Adebayo scored 31 factors however Jimmy Butler scored Miami’s ultimate eight through the recreation’s ultimate three minutes, together with three contested jumpers to increase the Warmth’s result in six, eight and 5 at essential junctures.

“Too many breakdowns in opposition to a staff like this the place it was like one cross, bucket or we simply fell asleep, no assist facet [defense],” stated George, who scored 29 factors, with eight rebounds and 7 assists that led to 19 factors. “These factors we are able to’t give as much as a very good staff and I assumed that was the sport.”

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Not even a sometimes dependable indicator in Clippers victories may save them from losses on back-to-back nights. They entered Wednesday 10-2 when making extra three-pointers than their opponent. They made seven greater than Orlando, and 5 greater than Miami, even capturing 47% in opposition to the Warmth. On Wednesday, turnovers and what coach Tyronn Lue known as poor fourth-quarter protection overcame that benefit, and one evening later, Miami exploited the turnover hole once more, committing eight to the Clippers’ 16.

“I’ve to be higher, simply giving the ball away,” stated Jackson, who traveled, dedicated a carry and threw an simply intercepted cross in a five-minute stretch of the third quarter. He completed with 4 turnovers, the identical as George.

There have been Clippers reinforcements in Luke Kennard and John Wall, who performed after being held out the primary evening of the back-to-back for precautionary causes, and Marcus Morris Sr. returned to the beginning lineup after being in poor health in Orlando. However as some teammates got here again, others had been unavailable.

Leonard was held out of the second evening of the again to again and Terance Mann was in concussion protocol after slamming into Orlando’s Kevon Harris on the ultimate play of Wednesday’s time beyond regulation. Even those that did play had been saved on a tightly choreographed lineup rotation. Lue coaches off of intestine really feel for which lineup changes to make, however since Leonard and George returned Monday underneath strict minutes limits, he has coached whereas referencing a card that he stated reveals instances when gamers needs to be eliminated.

Considered one of few silver linings that Lue has taken from the Clippers’ up-and-down begin is that it’s no outlier in a Western Convention the place eight groups entered Thursday between .500 and .583. Nobody has run away from the pack.

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“That at all times makes you are feeling higher in regards to the season and the way it’s going,” Lue stated earlier than tipoff.

That leaves room for alternative. How lengthy it’ll take the Clippers to take benefit is one other query, nevertheless.

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Baker Mayfield enters game for Rams just days after being picked up off waivers

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Baker Mayfield was given the Los Angeles Rams’ playbook Tuesday evening whereas flying to the crew that claimed him off waivers because the Carolina Panthers launched him earlier this week. 

With solely a day and a half to determine head coach Sean McVay’s offense, Mayfield was lively and within the sport for the Rams on Thursday evening towards the Las Vegas Raiders. 

It was a query whether or not Mayfield could be lively, not to mention step below heart for Los Angeles regardless of their quarterback issues heading into the brief week. Matthew Stafford’s season is probably going over as he’s at present on injured reserve, whereas his backup, John Wolford, is coping with a neck harm. 

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams appears to be like to go towards the Las Vegas Raiders throughout the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California.
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Mayfield was lively, however Wolford ran out onto the SoFi Stadium subject for the Rams’ first collection of the sport. 

Nonetheless, Mayfield jogged in after Los Angeles went three-and-out on their first drive and took the offensive reins. 

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Earlier than the sport, Amazon’s Kirk Herbstreit requested Mayfield if he even acquired throws in together with his extensive receivers. He stated he had round 20 throws. 

However on his first play of the sport, it was a play-action go that he accomplished to Van Jefferson for 21 yards to get going. The Rams would finally accept a 55-yard subject objective kicked by Matt Homosexual for his or her first factors of the sport. 

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Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California.

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball towards the Las Vegas Raiders throughout the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California.
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It’s been a whirlwind of a season for Mayfield, who was traded previous to the season from the Cleveland Browns to the Panthers. The Browns traded for Deshaun Watson and signed him to a multi-year deal, just about ending Mayfield’s place because the franchise quarterback in Cleveland after the crew chosen him first total within the 2018 NFL Draft.

Mayfield went to Carolina the place the quarterback place was extensive open, combating for the beginning job with Sam Darnold, the person picked two draft slots after him by the New York Jets, and P.J. Walker. Mayfield received the job out of coaching camp, however the regular-season outcomes weren’t constructive. 

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Mayfield received simply considered one of his 5 begins to start the 2022-23 marketing campaign and was benched simply days after the Panthers fired head coach Matt Rhule. Interim head coach Steve Wilks went with Walker, then Darnold after which again to Mayfield in Week 11 towards the Baltimore Ravens. 

The Oklahoma product went 21 of 33 for 196 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns, resulting in a 13-3 loss. 

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Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California.

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball towards the Las Vegas Raiders throughout the first quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California.
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Carolina moved on and the Rams, fighting a 3-10 document after profitable the Tremendous Bowl final season, wanted a quarterback. Mayfield signed the dotted line, acquired the CliffsNotes model of the playbook, and it is baptism by hearth on “Thursday Night time Soccer.”

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