The Los Angeles Clippers (21-19) play against the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-21) at Target Center
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Game Time: 9:00 PM EST on Friday January 6, 2023
Los Angeles Clippers 54, Minnesota Timberwolves 68 (Half)
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Overall, Clippers missed all 12 shots outside of the paint in the second quarter.
Minnesota should be up 20+ with the way they shot in first half. That’ll come down, and so will their lead. But probably not enough for Clippers to steal a W – 10:14 PM
Clippers playing hard and taking care of the ball, have a +11 possession advantage (+5 oREB, +6 takeaways).
But Minnesota made 19 of 23 in paint and 65% from field overall.
Clippers missed all 8 2nd quarter 3s, none of which were attempted by Luke Kennard. – 10:12 PM
Minnesota uses runs of 7-1 and 8-0 to take a 68-54 halftime lead.
Clippers defense has been even more forgiving than last night in Denver. Gobert usually destroys Clippers in regular season, and is doing so tonight with 19 points (8/9 FGs), 9 rebounds, block of Mann dunk. – 10:08 PM
Halftime in Minnesota: Wolves 68, Clippers 54
Powell with 12 points, Wall with 10. LAC has talked about needing a better defensive mindset and it’s showed in plays by RoCo, Wall, Kennard, more. Ant Edwards has only 6 FGA and 2 AST. Still, 68 points allowed on MIN 65% shooting. – 10:08 PM
Minnesota burns a second timeout in this quarter following a pick-six returned by Robert Covington.
Margin still the same as it was to begin the quarter, with Minnesota up 53-49. Clippers have been active forcing turnovers, but their transition defense has been porous too. – 9:57 PM
D’Angelo Russell since November 13th (last 23 games)
At the rim: 80% (best amongst PGs over that time)
Midrange: 54% (best amongst PGs)
From 3: 37% (64th percentile amongst PGs) – 9:46 PM
Clippers bench unit has been ready to play. Powell with 12 first quarter points, Wall attacking at will with 8 points, all in the paint.
Chris Finch upset that Wall’s last bucket came 8 seconds after Prince missed 2 FTs. Minnesota lead down to 40-36, 10:50 left in 1st half. – 9:45 PM
Nuggets’ bench defense getting shredded, on the second night of a back-to-back after they played heavy minutes vs. Clippers. That’s all I’ll say. – 9:44 PM
Minnesota leads Clippers 37-33 at the end of one.
That’s a lot of points for Clippers considering the fact that they didn’t shoot a single free throw and attempted only 4 3s (making 3).
Minnesota dominating in paint (11/13 FGs) and took advantage of early Clippers fouls. – 9:40 PM
Pretty solid response by the Clippers despite the foul trouble that allowed Minnesota to be in the bonus for 9-plus minutes. They trail 37-33 after one. Powell came to play, 12 points in 9 minutes. – 9:39 PM
Norm Powell has made four shots and half of them have been 10/10 degree of difficulty. The scoop over Gobert and the shot he somehow got to fall around Prince. – 9:35 PM
D’Angelo Russell and Rudy Gobert are getting whatever they want below the free throw line. 6-0 Minnesota run, 23-13 Minnesota lead, second timeout of the quarter by Clippers with 5:15 left in first quarter. – 9:28 PM
Minnesota hasn’t needed to make a single 3-pointer to lead the Clippers 23-13, because they’ve already taken 8 FTs and have shot 8-9 in the paint. – 9:28 PM
Bulls 126, 76ers 112
Bulls are 7-3 since Minnesota debacle
Bulls beat Philly for first time since March 2019
LaVine 41 pts, 11-13 3 PT
Vucevic 19 pts, 18 rebs, 10 assists
Williams 18 pts, 6 rebs
Bulls season-high 20 3-ptrs – 9:16 PM
Minnesota already up 9-2 and Clippers burn a timeout 103 seconds into the game.
Clippers have more fouls (3) than points. – 9:15 PM
We didn’t really get into rotations yesterday since the game was over after like 10 minutes
But here were the rotations during the 19-0 Denver run that took their lead from 19 to 38 over a Clippers FG drought that lasted 5:15 in the second quarter.
Not ideal without Nico Batum. pic.twitter.com/qybqxUdXKE
– 8:52 PM
Tre Mann slicing and dicing his defender and barelyyy misses his layups
Meanwhile, Josh Giddey does a few standard dribbles and lays it in lmao – 8:49 PM
Tre Mann is really feeling it, a step back three followed by nearly a logo three. His rim finishing has been there in recent games, safe to say he is back. – 8:41 PM
D’Angelo Russell – 8:33 PM
Clippers will start Luke Kennard and Terance Mann in place of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Jackson, Morris, Zubac retain starting roles – 8:33 PM
Paul Reed played well in a win vs Western Conf. Favorites the Clippers and was mostly benched since. Trez was great last game vs. Indiana. So it’s a Paul Reed night then tonight right? – 6:52 PM
Some thoughts from D’Angelo Russell after shoot-around. He wouldn’t answer ?s about the car registered in his name crashing on Wed. #Wolves host ex-Hopkins star Amir Coffey & LAC. Richard, Amir’s dad, said, “Too many to count, lol,” when asked for a family/friends count tonight. pic.twitter.com/AJWq2BBQLA
– 6:08 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR
Tonight’s Media Meal vs. LA Clippers:
Mandarin salad station with sesame lime dressing
Szechuan Pepper Lo Mein
Togarashi spiced pork belly
Sweet soy cod
Yuzu lime and Sambal spiced honey carrots
Hot and sour wonton soup
Postgame pizza – 5:49 PM
Jamal Murray is officially listed as probable to play tonight for the second leg of Denver’s back to back against the Cavaliers after also playing last night against the Clippers.
Murray said he would be playing during his postgame presser last night. That’s encouraging. – 3:51 PM
With last night, the Clippers are 5-14 against the other 16 teams that currently have winning records. That’s the worst record within the group & it includes a 1-5 mark in games against the group with both Paul George & Kawhi Leonard in the lineup. – 3:14 PM
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