The Clippers Need A Statement Win
The phrase “humiliating loss” gets thrown around an awful lot in sports. Usually, it gets used when a team that should’ve won loses by 20+ points (basketball or football), 5+ runs (baseball) or 3+ goals (hockey or soccer). However, I would call those disappointing losses. They’re bad, but it could be so much worse, like a 50+ point loss. That’s what happened to the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend. They seemingly forgot how to play basketball and suffered a 51-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks. To recover from such an abysmal loss, they need a statement win tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Obviously, the Dallas Mavericks aren’t a bad team. They’re quite good, but this is the NBA, and no respectable team should be losing by 50+ points, especially not one that’s consistently been in the playoffs over the last decade and counts one of the league’s best players in their roster. Now, I understand that Kawhi Leonard was rested for the game against the Mavericks, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that they lost so abysmally. After all, Paul George is supposed to be an effective player, but he was completely anonymous during a game that set a record for the worst halftime deficit in NBA history (the score was 77-27 Mavericks at the half).
At the risk of sounding too harsh, this was embarrassing. The players should be embarrassed, head coach Tyronn Lue should be mortified, and owner Steve Ballmer should stop being egregiously over-excited and figure out what’s wrong with his front office that he has such a poor excuse for a team.
In order to salvage their reputation, they need to immediately put this bad memory in the trash. Simply make people forget about it by dominating the Timberwolves. Run up the score. Play suffocating defense. Let the analysts and viewers know that Sunday’s game was just an aberration. If not, there might be some firings in the near future for the Clippers.