Reggie Jackson not happy with Clippers debut, wants to take some load off Kawhi Leonard
The Los Angeles Clippers suffered a bad home loss to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday in Reggie Jackson’s debut with the club. Despite getting 31 points from superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard, the Clips fell to the Kings by a final score of 112-103.
During his postgame interview, Jackson said he should have played better. He also noted that he wants to take the offensive load off of Leonard’s shoulders moving forward.
Reggie Jackson on his Clipper debut:
"I'm definitely supposed to be better. I gotta take some load off Kawhi. He's one of the best players in the league. He showed that again today." pic.twitter.com/5guOLKdYAX
— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) February 23, 2020
Jackson, who played 23 minutes in his Clippers debut, started since Patrick Beverley is still out due to injury. The Boston College product put up eight points and four assists on 3-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Leonard was fantastic against the Kings. The two-time Finals MVP shot 10-of-23 overall en route to his 31 points, but he was the only Clippers starter to score in double-figures for the team.
LA played without All-Star swingman Paul George, whose hamstring prevented him from playing.
It’s clearly going to take Jackson some time to learn the Clippers’ playbook and develop chemistry with his new teammates. The team is back in action on Monday when they host Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. If Beverley is out again, Jackson will be forced to start once more.
LAC is now 37-19 on the season and is on a three-game losing streak. The team is hoping to get back to its winning ways soon. Getting Paul George and Patrick Beverley back in the starting lineup would help so that Reggie Jackson can go back to his bench role and get comfortable with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.