April 23, 2024

Ty Lue describes Clippers’ identity as ‘soft’ after latest loss

LOS ANGELES — Once in first place within the West in early February, the sputtering LA Clippers dropped to fifth within the convention on Monday night time after shedding 133-116 to the Indiana Pacers at Crypto.com Arena.

The Clippers (44-27) have misplaced six of their previous 9 video games and allowed New Orleans, which owns the season tiebreaker with the Clippers, to maneuver into fourth place.

“We gotta find our identity,” level guard James Harden stated. “Teams are scoring easy on us. Makes it difficult to score offensively.

“It’s somewhat irritating … I believe we’re all making an attempt to determine what the hell is happening.”

For the second time in five games, a Clippers star has talked about the team’s lack of an identity at the moment. Paul George stated he didn’t think the Clippers had an identity after they had been blasted by Atlanta, 110-93, at house on March 18.

Clippers coach Ty Lue described the team’s identity right now as “smooth.” Indiana shot 60.7% (17-of-28) from 3 on Monday.

“So identity for us, it is bought to be toughness,” Lue said. “Which means physicality, psychological and bodily toughness, a high-powered offense — we are able to rating in quite a lot of alternative ways — and we bought to have a defensive mindset.

“And so right now, do we have an identity? I think, yeah, we’re soft.”

From Dec. 1 till Feb. 6, the Clippers went 26-5 and had been trying like title contenders. But since they returned from their lengthy Grammy street journey, they’re simply 10-12.

“When we were 26-5, we had a great identity,” Lue stated. “So you can’t pick and choose when you want to lead. You can’t pick and choose when you want to have identity. You can’t pick and choose when you want to do things the right way.”

The Clippers did get Russell Westbrook again after the previous MVP level guard missed three weeks following surgery to restore a fractured left hand.

Westbrook made 5 of 10 pictures and completed with 14 factors, 7 assists and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.

“I think collectively we just got to come together during tough times,” stated Westbrook, who is among the staff’s most vocal leaders. “Adversity to me is a real measure of who you are as a man and two, who you are as a team. And I think now is a perfect time for us to be able to pull together, use what we know how to win games and help each other out to win games.

“All I do know is that collectively we bought to determine methods to compete. The X’s and O’s actually do not matter. You compete after which the whole lot else will handle itself.”

Lue has been talking to the team over and over again about the need to do things the right way and be consistent. But the Clippers often have been making the same mistakes and lacking energy, inspiration and fight in several of the lackluster losses of late.

“Just do the precise factor and you might be capable to get out of this rut,” Lue said. “We have an identity, however proper now our identity has been shaken as a result of we’re not successful.”

Lue remains confident that he and the Clippers will figure things out before the postseason begins. The Clippers, who are just two games above the sixth-place Kings, open a tough four-game street swing Wednesday at Philadelphia earlier than touring to Orlando, Charlotte and Sacramento.

“We all simply bought to do our jobs,” Lue said. “Do your job, what we requested you to do.”