Rested Clippers aim to get back on track vs. Pistons

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2021-11-25 18:24:59 GMT+00:00 – The Los Angeles Clippers had a few days off prior to their Friday afternoon recreation. They’re probably grateful to get a bit additional relaxation.

The Clippers, who host the floundering Detroit Pistons on Friday, have misplaced three of their final 4 video games. Road losses to Memphis and New Orleans have been adopted by two residence video games in opposition to Dallas.

Los Angeles posted a 97-91 win Sunday over the Mavericks, however dropped a 112-104 time beyond regulation choice two days later.

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Reggie Jackson had 31 factors on Tuesday, however the workforce’s offense stalled within the additional session.

“We’re still learning on the fly, still figuring each other out being short-handed a little bit,” Jackson stated. “I can’t imagine being the coach, being (Tyronn) Lue and the coaching staff, they’re trying to figure it out. Make sure that we’re as healthy as possible, as recovered as possible, as well as they’re trying to teach us as much as possible with our new units and everything going on.

“So we’re simply making an attempt to decide it up. But yeah, I’m a bit pissed off, simply because they’re simple baskets that we’re passing up, particularly with the nice protection that we have been taking part in.”

One of the things troubling Lue and his staff is turnovers. The Clippers are averaging 14.2 per game.

“Taking care of the basketball and capitalizing in transition, that is our largest Achilles’ heel proper now,” Lue said.

Starting guard Eric Bledsoe has been particularly punchless at the offensive end, averaging 5.2 points on 36.7 percent shooting over the last five games.

Another key player, forward Nicolas Batum, entered the league’s health and safety protocols and is expected to miss several more games.

Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. has returned to action after being out for a month due to knee soreness. He played 31 minutes in the overtime game and scored 10 points.

“Take a month off, I feel I appeared good myself,” he said. “Shots will come, rhythm will come, I’m a veteran, simply felt nice to be on the market.”

The Pistons are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. They squandered second-half, double-digit leads to the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami prior to a 114-93 loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday.

“We don’t need to get pleased with shut,” coach Dwane Casey said. “We need to compete, to develop profitable habits and all of us perceive the circumstances we’re beneath proper now and who we’re taking part in in opposition to. But let’s keep hungry, hold that edge on our shoulder and never be completely happy simply being shut. That’s the best way we construct our basis, construct our tradition, construct our workforce for the long run.”

Detroit will welcome back center Isaiah Stewart, who served a two-game league-imposed suspension after an altercation with the Lakers’ LeBron James on Sunday.

The Pistons might also get starting guard Killian Hayes back in the lineup. He’s missed the last three games with a sprained left thumb. However, backup guard Frank Jackson suffered an ankle sprain against the Bucks.

Unlike the previous two games, Detroit was playing from behind throughout on Wednesday. Milwaukee scored the first 14 points of the game and never trailed.

“When you are a good workforce, you see a workforce coming off a back-to-back, you strive to soar on them early,” Casey stated of the Bucks.

–Field Level Media

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Nov 23, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) battles for the ball with Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7)  in the first half at Staples Center.   Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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