With Leonard out, Clippers Likely to Mix-N-Match Vets & Rookies


The Clippers come together during Game 6 of the Western Conference finals

Earlier this week, in advance of publishing the full 2021-22 league schedule on Friday, the NBA announced that the Clippers will visit the Golden State Warriors as one of eight nationally-televised games over the first four days of the season. (The league also announced the Christmas schedule, which, to the dismay of Anthony Anderson, does not include the Clippers.)

While the first game of any NBA season — especially one that’s back to 82 games — is about as telling of a team’s title chances as the cry of a baby is to her singing career, it’ll be interesting nonetheless to see how Clippers head coach Ty Lue works his opening day rotation and beyond.

Last season, Lue was praised far and wide for keeping the train on the track during the regular season, despite numerous

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Kawhi Leonard, Clippers Beat Luka Doncic, Mavericks in Game 7; Advance to Face Jazz | Bleacher Report

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For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Clippers knocked Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks out of the Western Conference playoffs in the first round.

And for the second straight season, it took one hell of an effort to put the Mavs down.

Led by Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers beat the Mavs 126-111 in Game 7, spoiling another Doncic classic (46 points).

The Clippers never quite found an answer for Doncic in the series. Luckily for them, the rest of the Mavericks couldn’t play up to his level.

This was a bizarre series, with the road team winning the first six games before the Clippers finally held serve at home in Game 7. While they advance to the second round, the Mavericks will head into the offseason

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James Harden’s Flop Against Kawhi Leonard Prompts Wave of Memes, Jokes

James Harden had a crucial impact at both ends of the court on Sunday night as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 112-108 to extend their winning streak to six games.

Harden finished with 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Nets won a fifth consecutive game on the road, despite missing Kevin Durant again.

Harden’s offensive heroics were overshadowed by his defensive contribution. Specifically, the offensive foul that the eight-time All Star drew from Kawhi Leonard to seal the game for Brooklyn.

Down by two points and with 11 seconds left, the Clippers inbounded the ball to Leonard, who drove past Harden and tied the game at 110-110 with a simple layup. The referees, however, had a different view and penalized the Clippers star for an offensive foul after Harden rather theatrically hit the floor.

While Leonard stretched his left arm to make his way

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