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Fans believe Nicolas Batum needs to stay in the starting lineup

Batum has been one of the few reliable players on the Clippers thus far.

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After the first two games of the seasons, both losses, Ty Lue was forced to change his starting lineup with Marcus Morris Sr. needing to sit to manage his left knee. The results with the new group have been mixed — one dominant win and one confusing defeat — but fans seem to be appreciative of the change nonetheless.

In the latest Reacts survey, which went live before Monday’s contest against Portland, 88 percent of Clippers fans believed that Lue needed to change the starting five of Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Marcus Morris Sr., and Ivica Zubac.

When asked which bench player should get promoted to the starting lineup, 47 percent of responders said Nicolas Batum, who has filled in for Morris in the first five. Terance Mann was a close second with 36 percent of the vote, then Luke Kennard with 12 percent.

The Clippers clearly have some issues beyond the rotations right now, but at least Batum, the jewel of last year’s free agency, is once again a fan favorite.

Even if the Clippers have been a struggle at times this season, at least the overall league product is on an upswing. New rules were put in place to de-incentivize foul-seeking behavior by offensive players, and 87 percent of fans believe that the game is better off for it.

One other change that the NBA made to increase the watchability of games has had less of an impact. The league stopped automatic reviews on out-of-bounds plays at the end of games, but most fans don’t realize that a new system is even in place. Only 30 percent of fans have noticed a difference in the end-of-game review process.

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