The Los Angeles Clippers ended their recent losing skid against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. SportsGrid has more on the Clippers victory over Denver.
The Denver Nuggets, typically not booked as underdogs, found themselves in an unusual position, receiving just a point and a half against the Los Angeles Clippers. It marked only the third time this season that Denver was considered the underdog, and it made sense, given the formidable opposition.
The Clippers ultimately prevailed, securing a 111-102 victory over the Nuggets. Interestingly, two of the three times the Nuggets played as underdogs this season, it was against the Clippers. One week ago, Denver, lacking stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, shocked everyone by winning outright as an 11-point underdog. However, in their most recent matchup with both Jokic and Murray on the roster, the Clippers still emerged victorious by a nine-point margin.
The Clippers’ ability to secure the win despite scoring just 21 and 18 points in two quarters is undeniably impressive. The game also drew attention to the return of Jamal Murray for the Denver Nuggets, despite initial concerns about his availability. Many expected the Nuggets to have the upper hand with Murray back in action, but the Clippers had other plans.
The NBA can be unpredictable, as evidenced by the recent series between these two teams. The Nuggets managed to defeat the Clippers with a depleted lineup, only for the Clippers to bounce back when facing a stronger Nuggets squad. The Clippers now stand at 10-10 for the season, leaving fans and analysts alike wondering which version of the Clippers will show up on any given night.
As the NBA season progresses through February, March, and early April, the challenge will be deciphering the true identity of the L.A. Clippers. Will they consistently perform at a high level, utilizing their veteran superstars to make a deep playoff run in the competitive Western Conference? Or will they succumb to inconsistency and indifference? This game against the Denver Nuggets provided a glimpse of the Clippers’ versatility, showcasing their ability to win both high-scoring and low-scoring contests, all while playing formidable defense against the reigning champion Nuggets. The Clippers remain a team full of intrigue and potential, leaving fans and pundits perplexed but eager to see how their season unfolds.
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