Ultimately, it’s on the Clippers to handle their business. There shouldn’t be any excuses in the postseason, and if the Clippers didn’t know that in 2020, they know it in 2021. If it starts with health, then they have it. Lue chose to protect that over any particular opponent or whatever rotational rhythm that could have been gained with five days in between the end of the regular season and the start of the postseason. “The main thing for us is just making sure we go into the playoffs healthy,” Lue said. “It was hard to run all those minutes on our young guys like that, but we just want to make sure that our core guys, our guys that we want to start the playoff with, that they’re healthy. And we was able to get through tonight with that, so I’m very happy about that.”
June 21, 2021 | 5:57 pm EDT Update
Mark Medina: Clippers coach Ty Lue said Kawhi Leonard is out for Game 2. He added Marcus Morris Sr. “is still experiencing soreness” and “getting treatment around the clock.” His status unclear for Game 2
Law Murray: Tyronn Lue says that Rajon Rondo’s “pace” is very important, especially with Leonard out. Sounds like he’ll continue in a similar role tomorrow as we saw in Game 1 yesterday. “Rondo brings more than scoring and shooting… we need all of the other intangibles that he brings.”
June 21, 2021 | 5:16 pm EDT Update
Brian Windhorst: Ben Simmons is doubtful to play for Australia in Tokyo Olympics, sources said. Will spend offseason working on skill development. Aussies scheduled to begin training this week in L.A.