Clippers rout Warriors in battle of injury-riddled squads
Jan 13 2018 by Johnnie Parsons
"Just start playing with a lot of confidence", Williams replied.
While some speculated the team was ready to trade DeAndre Jordan, the latest folks are hearing indicates they "do not want to tank" despite the injury troubles their roster has faced. Its the sixth straight win for the Heat, which ended a 10-game road losing streak against the Pacers.
Although Williams was a one-time All-Star in 2009 with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was pretty much a role player since then, bouncing around the league on teams like the Clippers, Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks and the Portland Trailblazers before finally returning to Cleveland where he ultimately got his first NBA Championship.
Both teams have had a player take their game to the next level over their last five games. Shaun Livingston shot just 1-3 from the field, finishing with a tentative 8 points in 25 minutes. He's gone over 30 points in six of those seven games and 12 times overall this season.
But behind the herculean effort from Lou Williams that netted him a career-high 50 points, the Clippers pulled off a shocking 125-106 victory over nemesis Golden State on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, beating the Warriors for the first time since December 25, 2014. Over his last 10 games, Williams is averaging almost 32 points per game. Over the past two decades, only the 2015-16 Warriors and 2012-13 Heat have finished the season with a clutch net rating of over +30.0. "He gets his feet set on every single shot, he's never out of range".
What Williams is doing is borderline unprecedented. The defense is lackluster and out of whack in regular season games that don't matter.
The reigning Western Conference player of the week, Curry has scored 29 or more points in seven straight games. This year's Warriors do have the talent to continue to play at that rare clip, but their actual record in such games will regress no matter what.
"We're all on the same page that until he feels right, he's not going to play", Kerr said.
It's a new format for the All-Star Game this season, with captains picking teams in what will surely lead to some wildly overblown stories about how this person didn't pick that person and whatever. He can still get to the hole in transition and he's not hesitating on shots, they're simply not going in right now. But for now, he's been the catalyst to the Clippers' run. There's no fewer than 15 franchises that are on pace to make more 3s this season than ever before. Neither Blake Griffin nor Austin Rivers played; Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari have also been sidelined for quite a while with a knee and butt injury, respectively.