The LA Clippers are looking to bounce back from last season’s embarrassing playoff loss to the Denver Nuggets in which they blew a commanding 3-1 lead, and they got off to a great start with premium road wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and the Nuggets. But things are not going as planned on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks with Kawhi Leonard out after having taken a blow to his mouth on Saturday that produced quite a bit of blood.
Dallas jumped out to a huge lead at halftime — specifically, the hugest lead after two quarters of action in NBA history since the shot clock era started in 1954 per ESPN Stats & Info. The Clippers trailed 77-27, and it’s even a home game.
The Mavericks shot 58% from the field in the first half and made 9 of 20 attempts from 3-point range, while the Clippers shot just 24.3% and missed 18 of their 19 long-range attempts. Cheap Luka Doncic Jersey had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Cheap Josh Richardson Jersey added 15 points. Paul George scored 13 points for the Clippers, but no one else had more than six points.
LA quickly went on a 10-0 run to start the third quarter and cut the deficit to 40, but it’s almost certainly too late. Now the Clippers will hope that Leonard can return soon after receiving eight stitches stemming from an accidental elbow to the face courtesy of Serge Ibaka. George said he was worried initially that Leonard might have sustained a concussion, and coach Tyronn Lue said he did not know what the timetable might be for Leonard’s return.
“Really worried,” George said, via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I was thinking of the worst. I didn’t know if he was concussed or how hard of a hit [it was] or what actually happened, because I didn’t see it. I just saw him laying on the ground. That was first and foremost, just making sure he was OK.”