The Clippers played their third and final scrimmage game on Monday afternoon. The score means absolutely nothing, as it’s a game that doesn’t count. But, since there was one, the Kings came out on top 106-102. The most important thing is that the Clippers got through all three scrimmage games healthy, and they’ll be ready to go come Thursday against the Lakers once the season resumes.
The Clippers had a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but were outscored by Sacramento 33-19. Obviously you’d like to see them pull out a victory, but the Clippers had their entire bench in for the quarter, so no worries.
Paul George was the leading scorer with 19 points for the Clips. He did it efficiently too, doing it on 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-7 from deep. Kawhi Leonard struggled, going 6-for-22 from the field and 3-for-13 from deep.
Making his debut in the scrimmage games was Ivica Zubac, who arrived in Orlando a few days ago. He finished with two points and six rebounds in only 13 minutes of action. Following the game, Zubac revealed to the media that the reason he was late to camp was because he tested positive for COVID-19.
“I know no one has said it, but I had the virus,” he said. “I tested positive the week before fourth of July. I didn’t have any symptoms. I felt a little tired for two or three days, but other than that I was good. I was getting tested daily, and I was waiting to clear all the protocols to join the team in Orlando, but it was tough because I didn’t have any — I couldn’t get in a gym. I couldn’t stay in shape. I mean, I did some stuff, but it’s hard to replace the practices and these games. I did as much as I could, but I wish I was with the team from the start.”
Although he just arrived and had limited time with the team before today’s game, Doc Rivers was very impressed in Zubac’s outing.
“Zu was great,” he said. “It just tells you, like all through COVID, Zu was one of the guys that worked out on all our Zoom workouts, and he looked great.Obviously we were laughing because I don’t care how much you work out, a basketball game, NBA basketball game is different. And so you get winded. But I thought he did what Zu does. He clogged up the paint, he rolled for us. He did a lot of good things.”
Update on some of the guys
- Following the game, head coach Doc Rivers said that Landry Shamet might be available for Thursday’s game versus the Lakers. Patrick Beverley is a “maybe.”