With a 110-91 victory against the NBL’s Sydney Kings, the Los Angeles Clippers started the year strong. Let’s look at three takeaways from this game.
The day that Los Angeles Clippers fans have been looking forward to since the end of last year finally arrived: The beginning of a new season. Against the NBL’s (Australia’s version of the NBA) Sydney Kings, the Clippers won a lopsided game that was anything but for the first 3 ½ quarters.
While L.A. never trailed in the game, the Kings kept it tight throughout with strong play from former Cal Bear Jerome Randle, former UCLA standout David Wear and former NBA first overall pick Andrew Bogut.
However, with a balanced attack from the starting five and strong effort from a new-look second unit, the Clippers took control in the second half and secured the 19-point victory.
With standout performances from Tobias Harris (20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists), rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10 points, 4 steals), Danilo Gallinari (19 points) and Marcin Gortat (12 points, 9 rebounds), the Clips, while there was some uneven play, looked solid throughout. It looks clear through one game that this team will be able to click, even with the new faces that dot the roster.
Let’s look at three quick takeaways from game one of four in the preseason.
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