Los Angeles Clippers Rumors
Shams Charania: 2020-21 All-NBA teams: First: Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard Second: Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, LeBron James Third: Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Rudy Gobert, Jimmy Butler, Paul George
The Thunder then agreed, after their one season together ended with a first-round exit and with plans to rebuild, to work with Paul on trading him to a contender. Paul was determined to chase the playoff success that had eluded him and to find a path West to stay close to his family in Los Angeles, where it has been based since his days with the Clippers. With no realistic path to join the Lakers, Paul pushed to team up with Booker and Co.
But, in Tuesday conversations with those within the Warriors, there was a reluctance to just tag him as the Jokic whisperer. In international basketball circles, Milojević’s accomplishments stretch far beyond a single star pupil. His Mega Basket teams have been a recent NBA factory. He was the head coach between 2012-20. While there, 11 Mega Basket alums were selected in the NBA Draft. Five made the overseas leap: Jokic, Ivica Zubac, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Vlatko Čančar and Goga Bitadze.
The Clippers would outscore the Jazz 18-1 on second-chance points and completely shut them out on the fast break, outscoring the Jazz there 12-0. It’s the first time all season that the Jazz failed to score a single point on the fast break. That more than offset yet another night where the Jazz made more 3s than the Clippers (17-of-42 for Jazz, 15-of-37 for Clippers). “Just paying attention to detail, I thought was great,” Lue said. “They made some desperation 3s to get them back in the game a little bit. Overall, I loved where we were at, I loved our physicality and I loved the way we battled.”
While the Clippers won their second straight game in blowout fashion to give them all the momentum, Tyronn Lue’s team heads to Utah with some concern over Leonard’s health. The Clippers’ franchise player came up gimpy after driving to the basket while being fouled by Joe Ingles with 5:25 left in the game. Leonard leaned over before briefly grabbing his right knee. Leonard left the contest with 4:35 remaining and did not return. “I’m good,” Leonard would only say when asked about his knee. “Next question.” Lue believes Leonard will be fine for Wednesday’s pivotal Game 5 in Salt Lake City. “Yeah, I think so,” Lue said. “We’ll know more after the game, but yeah, I think everybody is pretty good.”