They began the season playing in empty arenas, taking daily COVID-19 tests and following strict protocols. Though players and coaches could return home and spend time with family in between practices and games, they could not attend large indoor or outdoor gatherings. Some of those restrictions have loosened once players became eligible to receive the vaccine in April. But players have still experienced burnout, while often playing games every other day. “That has been tough on sleep,” Love said. “That potentially has long-term effects on your body that can be bad. It might have even led to some of the injuries that have taken place, and some people getting sick.”
June 25, 2021 | 12:06 am EDT Update
Ohm Youngmisuk: Reggie Jackson says Clippers have “empowered me” to be able to take and hit big timely shots that have given Clips momentum time and time again in the postseason. He said despite not playing in games during his Clips career to now being a huge shot-maker, they’ve supported him.
StatMuse: There are only 2 players in NBA history to average 3+ three-pointers on 65 TS% in a single playoff run (min 15 games): 1. Steph Curry in 2017 2. Reggie Jackson in 2021 Reggie is averaging 18 PPG on 51/42/88% this playoffs. pic.twitter.com/OGL1D6EDIV
Ohm Youngmisuk: Reggie Jackson said Patrick Beverley was animated at halftime imploring team to not let go of the rope and playing even harder in second half. It showed as Clippers played like their season was on the line.
Kellan Olson: Monty Williams said he thought he probably played Chris Paul too much. Said he hasn’t done anything for 10 days. He noted he did have to play him extended minutes to some extent with Cam Payne’s injury.