The Clippers had fairly the scare when it was disclosed that Paul George and Kawhi Leonard would be lacking time due to COVID-19 contact tracing.
Their timeline was unclear, LA was in the midst of a seven-sport profitable streak and they had been about to embark on an East-Coastline highway trip. Without having their two stars for an unsure amount of time, the Clippers could’ve easily slid and dropped all the momentum they’d been constructing to get started the period. But as it turned out, George and Leonard only skipped two games, and the Clippers went 1-1 in these video games (their only reduction was a close a single to the Atlanta Hawks). Just after that, LA retained trucking together, getting treatment of small business in Orlando and New York.
This 3-1 document catapulted the Clippers to No.1 in some NBA ability rankings, but they dropped on other lists thanks to superb participate in from other contenders.
Former Rank: No. 1
Mo Dakhil dropped the Clippers by two places, but he clarified that it was far more of a compliment to the groups that jumped them (the Jazz and the 76ers) than a dimeret to the Clippers. The Clippers could have only misplaced one particular video game through the 7 days, but Dakhil points out that none of the groups they defeat experienced a winning document.
Prior Rank: No. 2
Colin Ward-Henninger gave credit to Reggie Jackson, who stepped up in Patrick Beverley’s absence. Ward-Henninger also had the Jazz and 76ers forward of the Clippers, however they ended up the inverse of Bleacher Report’s rankings. He considered it a favourable end result that the Clippers were ready to gain just one of their two games without having George and Leonard.
Earlier Rank: No. 2
Ohm Youngmisuk credited the Clippers’ growing chemistry for their marketing to initially put in ESPN’s rankings. The Clippers knocked off their crosstown rival Lakers, who were being at the top of the rankings very last 7 days, but whose initially two-sport losing streak of the time value them the prime place in Dave McMenamin’s eyes.
Former Rank: No. 2
John Schuhmann also topped LA with the No. 1 slot, yet again knocking the Lakers down a peg to get there. Schuhmann pointed out George and Leonard’s ridiculous effectiveness, citing that the two gamers are now members of the 50/40/90 proportion club. He hopes that Luke Kennard will get much more minutes enjoying along with Leonard and George, and is thrilled to see the Clippers matchups towards two Eastern Meeting contenders in the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics upcoming 7 days.
As we all are. Clippers-Celtics has been particularly entertaining in their past two matchups, and the Nets may well be the most star-studded staff in the league, no matter of their shaky defense. The Clippers will also have two video games future week in which they will be seriously favored, struggling with off against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings. If the Clippers can show them selves from two higher-echelon squads and take treatment of enterprise from two inferior teams, they really should maintain on to their top-3 places across the web.
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