The team was looking to bounce back after a pretty lackluster showing against the Toronto Raptors in their last game. Unfortunately, going to the other side of the globe wasn’t their cure. Despite a solid performance by the starters, the Los Angeles Clippers couldn’t overcome the Charlotte Hornets in China. Once again, the bench was their undoing as they lacked cohesion and proper shot selection. There were some improvements in their play, though. So, at the very least, there is that to take away from the game.
Blake Griffin played well when he was in there, finishing with 13 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds in 27:50 of action. J.J. Redick was on fire from the field early on and finished with 23 points in 24:44 while going 9-of-16 from the field. He was 4-of-9 from three. He never stopped moving. Pablo Prigioni gave solid minutes and finished with 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists while starting in place of an injured Chris Paul. Wesley Johnson chipped in with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals on 3-of-5. DeAndre Jordan had 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block.
Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford were the two bench guys in double-digits, finishing with 14 points and 12 points, respectively. Lance Stephenson had 7 points, 7 assists, and made a three. That three ended a 2-of-16 start to the preseason for him. So, that was good to see out of the guy. The team was missing Chris Paul and Austin Rivers for this game. Paul had a fractured left index finger while Rivers had five teeth knocked out and surgically put back in. Clippers will regroup and play the Hornets again on Wednesday morning.
Taylor Smith will be along later with the full in-depth recap.