After starting the season 14-2, the Los Angeles Clippers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and DeAndre Jordan called out his team following the most recent loss.
The three games they’ve dropped have come to teams that the Clippers should’ve easily handled: the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets. Detroit’s margin of victory was 11 points, while the Pacers blew out Los Angeles by 21; the Nets crawled back from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat the Clippers in double overtime on Tuesday night, and DeAndre Jordan was very critical of his team following the loss in Brooklyn.
“I think we are smelling ourselves a little bit,” said Jordan to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “We haven’t done s—. Nothing. We were No. 1 in the West for a couple of weeks? That don’t mean nothing. At all,” he continued.
“I feel like we took that for granted. We thought we were a lot better than we really are. We got to continue to get better and have respect for the game,” concluded Jordan following his 21-point, 23-rebound performance.
Over their losing streak, the Clippers have been noticeably more sloppy with the ball, and they’re turning it over more than 16 times a game. For the season, they’re at 12.7.
Chris Paul has cooled off considerably, and Blake Griffin getting rested on Tuesday played a big part in the Clippers’ loss. Paul, who started out the season at the top of the MVP ladder, is averaging just 15.7 points on 34.8 percent shooting over the last three games. His assist numbers are still high, 10.3 per game, but he’s also turning the ball over at an alarming rate — more than four times a night.
In the 16 games prior, Paul averaged 18.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting, 8.5 assists and just two turnovers a night.
Expectedly, the entire team has struggled alongside Paul. The oddest part is how inept they’ve looked offensively, and they boast an offensive efficiency of 92.9 over the last three contests, which is the second-worst mark in the league according to Synergy.
It doesn’t get easier going forward, either. The Clippers’ next game is against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Following that matchup, they face off against the New Orleans Pelicans, who have won five of their last seven games.
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