Preview: Clippers at 76ers
The Los Angeles Clippers made a pit stop on the way to the East Coast in Oklahoma City and put together one of their worst quarters of basketball en route to a 128-110 setback. The Clippers will try to lock in for the full 48 minutes and avoid suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.
Los Angeles appeared to be on its way to a quality road win on Tuesday before being outscored 39-10 in the third quarter. “The first half we couldn’t have played a more beautiful offensive or defensive game,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “Second half, it was like we forgot all about it. We came out and one pass, shot, one pass, shot, no dribble penetration, all jump shots, all contested shots. Fouled a lot. It was 11-0 in free throws. That happens, you’re going to lose.” The 76ers displayed their own formula for losing by committing 23 turnovers and allowing the Toronto Raptors to shoot 51.1 percent from the floor in a 129-112 setback on Tuesday. “We didn’t shoot well, we turned the ball over and we didn’t play great defense,” Philadelphia shooting guard JJ Redick told reporters. “So, that’s the formula that’s normally going to turn into a loss against a team like Toronto.”
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), NBCS Philadelphia
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (4-3): Los Angeles point guard Patrick Beverley managed four points on 2-of-6 shooting Tuesday but came out of the contest the source of much controversy after he was assessed a flagrant 1 foul for diving at the knees of Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook while chasing a loose ball. “I don’t know how that was a flagrant,” Rivers told reporters. “They have bad blood. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as they keep it clean. I thought both of them did. All that talk, you know, whatever. But there’s nothing wrong with not liking someone in the league. It’s allowed in this day and time.” One bright spot for the Clippers was small forward Danilo Gallinari, who scored a team-high 27 points for his fourth outing this season of 20 or more.
ABOUT THE 76ERS (4-4): Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons committed 11 turnovers on Tuesday to go with 11 points and 10 assists and knows he has more to learn in this league. “Forcing too much,” Simmons told reporters. “They’re good defenders, and it’s a learning experience for me. … You just have to take care of it, be more assertive when you have the ball.” Simmons is averaging 2.3 turnovers in four games at home, and the 76ers are 4-0 in their own arena while dropping to 0-4 on the road with Tuesday’s setback.
1. Clippers PF Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) missed the last three games and is questionable for Thursday.
2. 76ers C Joel Embiid recorded 31 points and 11 rebounds on Tuesday – his fifth game with at least 30 and 10.
3. Philadelphia took both meetings last season with Simmons averaging 18 points, 8.5 assists, seven rebounds and 4.5 turnovers.