Lou Williams cites rust factor after Clippers’ loss to Kings
Lou Williams on rust for Clippers coming out of All-Star break – "For me personally, it was. Had 8 turnovers, which is uncharacteristic of me. Even though I probably average 2 or 3, 8 was entirely too much. I feel like if I cut that in half, we win the game." pic.twitter.com/6gDG87L3us
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 23, 2020
The Clippers lost to the Kings by a final score of 112-103. Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points but was the only Clips starter to score in double-figures. LA was playing without Paul George and Patrick Beverley.
Rust is a real thing for basketball players. Even one week off can mess up a players’ rhythm. For a scoring machine like Williams, though, he’ll be fine probably in the Clippers’ next game on Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Williams came into Saturday averaging 19.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. He is once again one of the front-runners for the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
The Clippers have lost three games in a row. They are clearly in a funk right now. It doesn’t help that George and Beverley’s availability is pretty much unknown on a daily basis. The Clippers also have to work getting Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris comfortable with their system before the playoffs start.
This season is the first year ever where we can say the Clippers are legit championship contenders with Leonard and George leading the way. The additions of Jackson and Morris were huge for LA as well.
Now, it’s just about getting out of this minor funk and putting things together for the stretch run of the season.
As has been the case all season, basketball fans in LA are hoping the Clippers and Lakers meet in the Western Conference Finals.