Trae Young scored 38 points for the Atlanta Hawks to beat the depleted LA Clippers 99-108. The Clippers were on a roll winning 7 consecutive games previously. But having had Kawhi Leonard and Paul George miss this game due to health and safety protocols, made the squad vulnerable. Trae Young took advantage of the fact the Clippers were lacking in their defense, big time. As they even missed their veteran guard Patrick Beverley who was out because of right knee soreness.
Talking about the LA Clippers, they were led by Reggie Jackson who scored 20 points for them. Their next best player was Serge Ibaka who scored 15. Clint Capela scored a double-double for the Hawks, scoring 13 points and 19 rebounds. Whereas De’ Andre Hunter drained 22 points for the home team.
Trae Young leads Atlanta Hawks past short-handed LA Clippers
“It’s tough. It’s just how this year is going to go,” said Los Angeles center Ivica Zubac, who noted the Clippers had not been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic before this week.
“We were lucky to have everyone so far, but it is what it is,” Zubac added. “We’ve got to adjust. It’s going to be this type of season for everyone and we’re not the exception.”
“I think we just upped our intensity and just played a little bit harder,” Young said. “For us, coming into the game we weren’t necessarily locked in from the beginning. We just need to do a better job of attacking the first half the same way we do the second.”
Coach Tyronn Lue said before the game Leonard and George are feeling well. Leonard is averaging 25.9 points and George is right behind at 23.9, leaving a significant scoring void.
“Our guys are up for the challenge,” Lue said as per ESPN. “No excuses. Hopefully they can get back and join the team soon.”