After receiving their champion ring, the Lakers took the broth tonight against the Clippers, at the opening of the 2020-21 NBA season.
The NBA is back! And she put the small dishes in the big entry, with first an exciting poster – on paper – between Brooklyn and Golden State, and a fratricidal duel between the two Los Angeles clubs then, the Lakers, outgoing champions, facing the Clippers. It was the Clippers who had the last word (116-109), with 26 points from Kawhi Leonard and especially an extraordinary Paul George, author of 26 of his 33 points in the second half. Holder, Nicolas Batum did not score a lot (3 pts, 1/4), but he did a lot of other things and had a real impact (4 rbs, 6 pds, 2 ints, 25 mins). 22 points for LeBron James, 18 for Anthony Davis and 17 and 14 for Montrezl and Harrell rookies Dennis Schröder for the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma also split by fifteen points, but he waited until the end of the game to show up … Too late.
The Lakers are coming back strong, but …
We were afraid to witness another rider alone, after that of the Nets against the Warriors (125-99), with Lakers completely apathetic from the start and short of … 22 points at the very start of the second quarter (17 -39), probably still the head to the delivery of the rings of champion. Mediocrity and the absence of intensity became contagious thereafter, before the awakening of “LBJ” and company, finally at the cleat in defense and who nibbled their delay to return to a small possession before the break (54-56 MT) . All to do again for the Clips! And we now played eye to eye (75-75). But the Lakers could not get past and “PG13” caught fire at the end of the third quarter with 10 points in a row (89-78). Rightly criticized in the play-offs, the former Pacers had not yet finished. He continued his recital in the fourth quarter, with James glued to the bench (ankle), and the suspense would fly over the minutes and his exploits (116-109 final score).
Note that we do not yet know when the two LA teams will face each other again in the regular season, the NBA having only revealed the first half of the calendar. In any case, these two clubs are among the cadets destined to go far in the play-offs. Since the debacle against Denver in the second round, in the bubble of Dinsey World, Ty Lue took over from Doc Rivers on the bench of the Clippers, Serge Ibaka (Toronto) and “Batman” arrived, Reggie Jackson resumed and Paul George signed a big contract extension. Not Kawhi Leonard, free in 2021. On the side of the Lakers, Danny Green (Philadelphia), Rajon Rondo (Atlanta) or Dwight Howard (Philadelphia) have left. Montrezl Harrell (LA Clippers), Wesley Matthews (Milwaukee), Marc Gasol (Toronto) and Dennis Schroder (OKC) arrived. Anthony Davis and LeBron James have extended.
13 matches next night, hearty Christmas menu
Remember that the 2020-21 regular season will take place over 72 matches, compared to the usual 82. The champion will be crowned no later than July 22, 2021. Start of the play-offs on May 22. In the meantime, the season starts off with a bang, with the traditional round of Christmas posters on Friday. Gourmet and gourmet menu: Miami-New Orleans (6 p.m.), Milwaukee-Golden State (8:30 p.m.), Boston-Brooklyn (11 p.m.), LA Lakers-Denver (2 a.m.) and finally Denver-LA Clippers (4:30 a.m.). On the program next night, 13 matches. We will follow in particular that of the Jazz of Rudy Gobert against Portland, or the Florida derby between the Magic of Evan Fournier and the last finalist, Miami. The Pistons and their French Sekou Doumbouya and Killian Hayes will challenge Minnesota. Franck Ntilikina, Vincent Poirier and Théo Malédon will also be on the track.