With one win in the pocket and more than 48 hours’ rest this time, the LA Clippers will next take on Monty Williams’ Phoenix Suns side Tuesday afternoon in a matinee game. The Clippers absolutely crushed the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, a game that was effectively over at halftime, and with the Suns coming off an emotional win and trying to run the table to push their way into the playoff picture, there will be plenty of motivation for the opposing side. Will they get the upper hand, or will LA’s quality shine through?
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: Tuesday, 1 p.m. PT
How to Watch: Fox Sports Prime Ticket in LA viewing region/NBA TV in the rest of the U.S.
Clippers: Montrezl Harrell - OUT; Lou Williams - QUESTIONABLE
Suns: Kelly Oubre - OUT
The game will be here before you know it, but here’s a few links to get you started this Tuesday:
- Fire away: Thought this discussion of a Clippers’ offensive tweak so far in the bubble by Sabreena was good.
- Salmon polos are so hot right now: Also from Sabreena, a dissection of the NBA coaches’ clothing choices in Orlando so far.
- Tie for coaching award: Speaking of coaches, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Billy Donovan were both awarded the National Basketball Coaches Association coach of the year honor. The Toronto Raptors’ Nick Nurse was apparently a single vote away from making it a three-way tie, which makes more sense when you learn the voting pool is all NBA coaches and so it’s not hard to foresee a tie with a small number of voters.
- Adjustment in coronavirus testing process: Major League Baseball’s having some real trouble with team coronavirus outbreaks but bubble tournaments have been extremely stable once the acclimation period passes. The NBA announced a tweak to their testing policy to allow for players who get a false positive result and are subsequently retested and test negative to return within 24 hours, instead of the previous 48 hours. This was done in case this causes some inadvertent havoc during the playoffs.
- Meet the new Spurs: The Ringer broke down the newest paradigm-shifting team in the NBA, the — looks for several seconds at notes to make sure this is right — San Antonio Spurs.