After melting down in the Orlando bubble, the Clippers hired Ty Lue and defined their mission – develop chemistry and accountability. Then they lost by 50 points, after which Paul George said it wasn’t a big deal, which raised a lot of eyebrows.
Since then, the Clippers have been playing much better and talking up their chemistry and energy. Despite his cognitive dissonance when talking about the game, Paul George has been playing tremendous basketball. PG13 is averaging 24.8/6.2/5.1, shooting 51% from the field and an insane 51% for three. Add Kawhi’s 24.3/5.1/5.9, 49.1% from the field, 43.4 for three, and you get a 10-4 team. So is chemistry truly developing, or is winning the best perfume?
I’m still waiting on that [chemistry] because it’s always easy to say that, throw it out in the universe, and hope that it happens. Everything is good when there’s no adversity. When adversity smacks you in the face, how are you gonna react then? Guys are saying this because they’re trying to make themselves believe this.Robert Horry, The Jump
Horry said the crucial thing is for Paul George and Kawhi to make up for the mistakes made in the past. Ty Lue said the Clippers had a meeting before the season where they openly talked about everything, so that’s part supposedly settled. One of the things pointing in the right direction, which coach Fizdale passionately supported, is the fact Kawhi is playing back-to-back games this season.
That means a lot. People don’t understand; when you are 8th, 9th, 10th man, people say, ‘Oh, you need to go practice.’ No, we all need to practice, so we can get this rapport and play together as a team.Robert Horry, The Jump
Horry thinks the Clippers are trending in the right direction, but it’s easy to do than when you are winning without adversity. It’s going OK, but Clippers’ chemistry is still a “maybe” for Big Shot Rob.
Winning in the regular season isn’t where the Clippers need to prove themselves, we all know it’s the playoffs. But that was exactly the mistake the Clips made last year – the regular season is where habits and trust is built so you are ready come playoff time. It seems they got the message.