Clippers guards Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley out vs. Kings
The L.A. Times’ Andrew Grief confirmed this development, as Clips head coach Ty Lue will plug Reggie Jackson into the starting line-up.
The Clippers, who currently hold an 8-4 record (second in the West), will once again have to make do with what they have against the struggling Kings team.
Their lack of legitimate playmakers has always been the bane of this Clippers team, despite having two superstar players in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They will once again deal with the same conundrum versus the Kings, with Jackson as the only facilitator on board.
Much of LA’s collapse in last year’s playoffs have already been blamed for their inability to sign a pure point guard. The Klaw and PG can undoubtedly get their own shots, but they have to work extra hard without a facilitator setting up the table on offense.
While Jackson and Williams are terrific scorers in their own right, they really do not excel in getting their teammates involved. Beverley, meanwhile, is a great defender but also has shortcomings on the other end of the floor.
The Clippers are expected to fill that playmaking void sometime before the trade deadline next month.
Reggie Jackson, meanwhile, will finally get extra minutes tonight that would hopefully help him shake off his slump. After signing a one-year extension to stay in LA this offseason, the 6-foot-2 guard has regressed so far with meager averages of 5.6 points, 1,5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in about 13.5 minutes per game.