‣ The Nuggets are currently 3rd in the Western Conference, however, Kendrick Perkins believes the Clippers are the biggest threat to their position.
‣ The Clippers recently made a comeback against the Nets, outscoring them 41-15 in the fourth quarter and winning the game.
‣ James Harden and Kawhi Leonard played crucial roles in the Clippers’ victory, with Harden achieving his 11th double-double and Leonard scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Clippers down 106-114.
Kawhi in the next 5 minutes: FOURTEEN POINTS
Clippers up 125/114
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Last year, the Nuggets clinched their first-ever NBA championship. This season, they’re keeping up the momentum with a 30-14 record, placing them third in the Western Conference.
The Timberwolves and Thunder may be ahead in the standings, but former basketball star Kendrick Perkins sees only the Clippers as a threat to Denver’s reign.
Perkins, now an ESPN analyst, spent this weekend explaining why he sees the Los Angeles club as the biggest threat in the West. The Clippers have shown impressive form, with an 8-2 record in their last 10 games, and are hot on the Nuggets’ heels in fourth place.
“They are the deepest team in the NBA,” Perkins stated. He pointed out the Clippers’ three key players – Zubac, Plumlee, and Daniel Theis – as being crucial to their success. And don’t even get him started on Kawhi Leonard, he said, recalling Leonard’s MVP performance in the Finals.
Perkins continued, referencing the Raptors series against Golden State. He believes that a healthy Kawhi has the potential to be the best player in any series.
After a four-day break, the LA team found themselves trailing by 18 points in Sunday’s match against Brooklyn. However, the Clippers demonstrated their elite mentality, staying strong until the final whistle.
Entering the fourth quarter trailing 99-84, the Clippers managed an incredible comeback. They outscored the Nets 41-15, including a staggering 22-0 run in the final 5:18 of the game, securing a victory.
“I haven’t been a part of a game like that in a while,” confessed Russell Westbrook. He praised the team’s resilience and was happy with how they competed, especially after a long break and against a team that’s been playing well.
James Harden, former Sixers star, insists that these performances are second nature to him. This is why he was brought to LA, after all.
Harden scored a game-high 24 points, along with 5 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals on Sunday night. After achieving his 11th double-double and fourth 20-point, 10-assist match of the season, he stated that this is why he came to Los Angeles.
“That’s what I’m here for,” The Beard said. He talked about finding ways to impact the game and turn the tide in their favor. He believes his scoring gave the team momentum and praised their defensive switch.
Kawhi Leonard also had a great game, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. Westbrook contributed with 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in the same period.
“Just staying with it,” coach Tyronn Lue said about the game that ended in their favor. He admitted they didn’t play their best game, with PG and Kawhi struggling from the field. But he praised James for carrying the load and Russ for his performance off the bench. He was especially pleased with their fourth-quarter defense.