|The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-5||3-2||4-1||121.8||64.8||48.9%||52.2||115.4||63.0||48.1%||49.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||116.4||59.5||42-89||46.5%||12-33||37.2%||21-26||79.3%||56||11||24||22||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||112.3||56.4||41-89||46.1%||12-34||35.9%||18-23||77.6%||53||10||24||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||115.3||60.0||41-89||46.2%||12-33||37.0%||21-26||79.7%||55||10||23||22||7||13||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||110.0||55.5||39-90||43.9%||12-36||34.5%||19-25||75.9%||53||11||24||23||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||112.4||56.4||41-89||46.1%||12-34||35.8%||18-23||77.6%||53||10||24||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||111.2||56.3||39-90||44.0%||12-36||34.7%||20-26||77.3%||54||11||24||22||8||14||4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+1.8||4-1||5-0||124.6||53.8||51.9%||51.4||124.0||61.0||47.4%||51.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||111.3||55.0||42-89||47.4%||11-30||35.7%||16-21||77.6%||52||11||27||20||8||13||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||112.3||56.4||41-89||46.0%||12-34||35.9%||18-23||77.5%||53||10||24||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||111.3||54.6||42-89||47.0%||11-31||36.4%||16-20||79.4%||51||11||26||21||8||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||108.9||54.8||40-86||46.1%||12-34||35.5%||17-23||76.0%||51||10||25||20||7||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||112.3||56.5||41-89||46.0%||12-34||35.7%||18-23||77.4%||53||10||24||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||111.9||56.4||41-87||47.0%||12-33||37.2%||18-23||77.0%||51||10||26||20||7||14||5|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LA CLIPPERS 96.5, DENVER 96.1|
|8/12/2020||*DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|8/14/2020||*OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|8/12/2020||*LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|8/14/2020||*TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|LA CLIPPERS: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Doc Rivers (seventh season with Clippers, 307-185; 21st season overall, 894-658).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: F Kawhi Leonard (30.5 ppg with Toronto), F Paul George (23.7 with Oklahoma City), G Patrick Beverley (7.6), G Landry Shamet (9.1), C Ivica Zubac (8.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, F Danilo Gallinari, F Wilson Chandler, G-F Garrett Temple, G Sindarius Thornwell, G Tyrone Wallace.
KEY ADDITIONS: Leonard, George.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It's all about newcomers Leonard and George. They'll be the top two options on offense. Leonard is coming off a season in which he led Toronto to its first NBA championship (and earned his second ring). Leonard returning home was contingent upon pairing with George, also an LA-area native. George, who finished third in MVP voting last season, can guard nearly any position while being a huge scoring threat. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the NBA's top bench-scoring duo last season, will get starter-level minutes again.
OUTLOOK: No more watching other teams go deep in the playoffs. The NBA's balance of power has shifted to the Clippers, who have never advanced beyond the second round let alone won a championship. All that's expected to change behind Leonard and George, both regarded as two of the best two-way players in the league. The Clippers had to give up talented veteran Gallinari and star-in-the-making Gilgeous-Alexander, but they kept Harrell, Williams and re-signed Beverley, whose sole job will be using his tenacious D to keep others from scoring. The Clippers are favorites to win it all, a stunning shift for a franchise that has spent much of its existence as a punch line.
|DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
|Clippers can wrap up No. 2 seed vs. Nuggets|
Kawhi Leonard doesn't believe it matters if the Los Angeles Clippers are the No. 2 or No. 3 seed heading into the NBA playoffs.
"There's really no homecourt advantage, no fans out there, no travel," said Leonard, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I definitely think the healthiest teams usually win it all. Guys that have the full roster, have a good bench. Hopefully we can get everybody back and if we can get a rhythm going with the guys that are here that usually play, then we'll see what happens."
The second-place Clippers face the No. 3 Denver Nuggets in a Western Conference matchup Wednesday near Orlando. The Clippers (47-23) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Nuggets with two games remaining and would clinch the second spot with a win. Denver is 1 1/2 games ahead of the Houston Rockets, who lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Nuggets (46-25) dropped a 124-121 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers when Kyle Kuzma nailed a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left. The Nuggets used their reserves in the fourth quarter and led until they missed free throws and LeBron James and the Lakers converted late buckets.
"I couldn't be more proud of our group," Denver coach Michael Malone told the media after the game. "I thought we played extremely hard. That's the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The fourth time we've played them. Every game has been a battle, it's gone down to the wire. For us to sit our starters that whole fourth quarter and to have the guys on the bench out there giving them all they could handle and lose a heartbreaker is always tough but (I'm) just so proud."
Eight Denver players scored in double figures, led by reserve guard PJ Dozier with 18 points and forward Michael Porter Jr., who finished with 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers.
Jamal Murray, in his second game back after being sidelined by a hamstring injury, added 14 points. Monte Morris also had 14 off the bench for Denver, while Paul Millsap added 13 points and Nikola Jokic scored 12.
The Clippers lost 129-120 to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Leonard had 39 points, six assists and four steals as the Clippers overcame a 21-point first-half deficit but faded down the stretch. Lou Williams scored 18 points in his 1,000th career game.
Los Angeles rested All-Star forward Paul George since the game was the second of back-to-back contests. Guard Patrick Beverley (calf) missed his third straight game, and it was unknown if he would return for Wednesday's game.
The Clippers received some encouraging news when backup big man Montrezl Harrell returned to the bubble. Although he won't the Nuggets because he is being quarantined, Harrell could return for Friday's regular-season finale against the Oklahoma City Thunder, coach Doc Rivers said.
Harrell left the facilities on July 17 for a family emergency, and his grandmother died shortly afterward.
Denver caps its regular season Friday against the Toronto Raptors.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 9/26/2020 5:46:42 AM EST|