Clippers set to face Tobias Harris and Philadelphia 76ers

first_imgMorris, the team’s new addition, said he intends to help with that.“Coming to this team, my focus is to bring that intensity and veteran leadership,” Morris said in his walk-off interview Sunday. “At this point, I’m not too worried about scoring or hitting 3s. Playoff time, level goes up and that’s what I’m preparing for.”TEAM USA FINALISTSGeorge, Leonard and Montrezl Harrell are among the 44 finalists to represent the United States in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, as approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors and announced Monday by USA Basketball.Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime It took until another trade deadline passed, but on Tuesday the Clippers will meet Tobias Harris and his Philadelphia 76ers for the first time since he was dealt, along with Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic, for Landry Shamet and other assets as the trade deadline approached last February.Harris – who is averaging 19.1 points per game this season – was one of six players who departed in a major midseason overhaul that helped position the Clippers to land the superstar pairing of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this past offseason.The Clippers (37-16) were active at the deadline this season too, attaining 19.6-ppg scorer Marcus Morris from New York in a three-team deal that sent out Moe Harkless (to the Knicks) and Jerome Robinson (to the Washington Wizards).Morris enjoyed a successful Clippers debut Sunday in Cleveland, with 10 points and four rebounds in 22 minutes while his new squad dealt the Cavaliers their worst home loss in franchise history, 133-92. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Clippers gave their fans weekend whiplash, considering Sunday’s romp – in which they led by as many as 45 points and scored 130 or more points for the ninth time this season, the most in franchise history – followed their own historic thrashing by the new-look Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.In that 142-115 loss, a struggling T-Wolves team (16-25) scored a franchise-high 81 first-half points and made a franchise-high 26 3-pointers on 59.1 percent (26-for-44) shooting – which goes down as the most 3-pointers made while shooting 50 percent or better in NBA history.It was a setback symptomatic of several of the Clippers’ missteps this season, as acknowledged by members of the team: Sometimes they don’t play with enough energy to counter an opponent’s best shot. More often, they do.“It’s more so about us,” George said last week before the Clippers embarked on their current four-game trip, which closes against the 76ers (33-21) and the Boston Celtics (37-15) on Thursday.“We’ve taken some losses from teams that we shouldn’t have,” George continued. “And that’s solely on us, on our preparation, on being ready, on taking that opponent serious. I think we’ve gotten better with that. We still have some hiccups along the way, but again, that’s mostly what it’s about. We gotta be able to sustain a focus, whether we’re playing the best teams or the bottom teams, we gotta come ready to play.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ The 12-member 2020 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team roster, which will compete at the Summer Games from July 24-Aug. 9, will be announced later this year.Like Leonard, George – a 2016 gold medalist who, in 2014, suffered a gruesome broken right leg during a USA Basketball showcase – said he would welcome another opportunity to represent the United States.“As long as I’m healthy, when I get to that point and I’m healthy, I’m in; I want to be a part of that group,” George said at Clippers’ media day.BEVERLEY OUTClippers guard Patrick Beverley will miss his third consecutive game Tuesday on account of a sore right groin. The Clippers are 7-6 in games he’s missed.—– CLIPPERS vs. 76ERS —–When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.Where: Wells Fargo Center, PhiladelphiaTV: TNT, Fox Sports Prime Ticket What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img

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