Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell led the team with 28 points, but the 25-year-old reserve was far from boastful postgame. Harrell, among other things, told reporters the Clippers are "not a great team":
This result marked L.A.'s fifth loss this season to a sub-.500 opponent.
George sat out against Memphis with left hamstring tightness. The Clippers were also without two-time All-Defensive point guard Patrick Beverley because of a wrist injury. Head coach Doc Rivers did not use that as an excuse:
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Doc on that: "Honestly, if Pat Beverley was playing and PG was playing it still would be a committee. Watching the first game ... he has great control with his speed and he kinda like got everyone involved early and then he tried to take the game over late. Unusual for a rookie." https://t.co/w872hP8xah
The L.A. rotation has been fluid this season because of injuries and Leonard's load management, and Rivers disclosed he's concerned the Clippers don't yet have an identity.
Rivers, like Harrell, also commented on being booed:
Reigning back-to-back Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams also echoed Harrell:
The Clippers will have another shot against a lesser opponent when they host the 10-25 New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.