LOS ANGELES-The Los Angeles Clippers didn’t have to work too hard to earn their 41st win of the year. Going up against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, the Clippers executed just enough to spoil the evening for longtime announcer Ralph Lawler who was feted during a halftime ceremony highlighting his remarkable career.
The Clippers’s 89-76 win against the Timberwolves wasn’t one of the team’s most artistic performances this season but Doc Rivers and his team will take the “W” anytime. ‘One night after getting hammered on the road by Golden State, the Clippers, again playing without Blake Griffin, struggled at times to put points in the basket.
Scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter as they did against the Timberwolves won’t win you too many games. But then again Minnesota could only muster enough strength to score 14 in the final period.
Looking on the bright side of things, the Clippers did have a couple of things going for them besides racking up a whole bunch of points. First, the team’s defensive effort was on cue. Giving up just 76 points in a ballgame is a lot better than getting 106 dropped on you as the Warriors did on Sunday. J.J Redick and DeAndre Jordan were the catalysts to put the Clippers back in the win column. If it wasn’t for the sharpshooting of Redick this season the Clippers might have trouble making the postseason. Redick continued his stellar play with 26 points, while Jordan pushed, shoved and dunked his way to 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers.
Besides the celebration of Lawler, the other highlight of the night was Nate Robinson making his official introduction as a Clipper.