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Tyronn Lue aiming to fix what ails Clippers after another double-digit loss

Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Basketball

After seeing so much decline in his team’s recent play, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue is determined to find a fix.

His team will practice this week — and practice some more.

The Clippers’ 123-107 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night will give Lue even more reason to push his players in the days ahead.

The Clippers have struggled since the All-Star break, their defense nowhere to be found and their offense stagnant. They 1-2 since the break, with both losses coming by double digits. They lost by 22 points to the Thunder on Thursday.

Lue said his practice sessions will have a simple theme: “Just get better.”

“We’re going to practice the next two days just to make sure we understand what we need to do on offense and what we need to do on defense and continue to keep getting better,” Lue said before Sunday’s loss. “And so we’ve had some slippage on both sides of the ball as far as what we need to do. And so we had these two practice days to get better and hopefully get back on track to the way we’ve been playing before.”

 

Against the Kings, Lue did not have one of his stars, with Paul George out because of left knee soreness.

Norman Powell filled in for George in his first start of the season, finishing with 21 points.

The Clippers trailed by 18 points after the third quarter, but managed to close to within five points in the fourth before the Kings pulled away. Six Sacramento players scored double figures, with De’Aaron Fox finishing with a game-high 33 points along with six rebounds and seven assists. Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists and Harrison Barnes finished with 22 points.

Kawhi Leonard finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and four blocks and James Harden had 20 points and eight assists. Ivica Zubac had 16 points and six rebounds.

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