The Suns without Paul beat the Clippers

After Leonard and George joined the Clippers last season, the Clippers’ overall lineup and strength have reached the championship level, and they were even considered “the most powerful title contender before the start of the playoffs.” “. However, under the anticipation of the 3-1 lead in the second round of the playoffs, the Clippers with the George + Leonard twin giants were reversed by the Nuggets.

It was also after the 3-1 lead was reversed that Rivers left, Lu Wei, Harrell and other players also left; this directly led to the new season in the Lakers, Nets, Bucks, Suns and other teams. Under the reinforcement situation, the Clippers’ overall lineup and strength no longer dominate, and they are no longer “the most powerful championship contenders” in the new season…

The Suns without Paul beat the Clippers
After the overall lineup and strength have declined compared to last year, the Clippers have indeed not had much dazzling performance in the regular season in the new season, and they have always been quite low-key. Even before the start of the playoffs, they deliberately lost two games in a row, in order not to meet the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, or to meet the Nuggets who reversed them 1-3 last season. After all, one of these two teams is regarded by them as “life and death enemies”, and the other has a psychological advantage over them; from this point of view, in fact, before the start of the playoffs, the Clippers compared to last year’s Blindly self-confident, there is not much self-confidence out of the west this year.

Only after two rounds of the playoffs, the Lakers who are considered the most likely to rush out of the West and the Nets who are most likely to win the championship “capped” in the first and second rounds; instead, the Clippers were forcibly reversed last season. After falling behind 0-2 twice and Leonard was injured, he forced into the Western Conference Finals…

Western Conference Game 1: Without Paul, Booker scored 40 points and led the Suns to defeat the Clippers

In fact, this year the Suns were able to defeat the defending champion Lakers 4-2 in the first round and swept the Nuggets led by the Shinco MVP 4-0 early in the second round. In the eyes of the external media and most fans, the biggest factor is nothing more than Paul’s. Blessing. It was he who allowed the Suns to rise from No. 13 in the Western Conference last season to No. 2 in the Western Conference; it was also his blessing that the Suns were able to make the playoffs smoothly. And now in the absence of Paul, Booker’s single-core team has run into the difficult Clippers, and he was not optimistic at all before the start of the series; after all, from the first two rounds of the series, the Suns rely on Paul to a point. No loss to the Clippers’ reliance on Leonard.

However, “new born calves are not afraid of tigers.” In the Western Conference Finals, Booker was not frustrated because the team was not optimistic. Instead, he made 15 of 29 shots and scored 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a large triple-double; When Paul was unable to play, he led the Suns to suppress the Clippers almost all of the game, and finally helped the Suns defeat the Clippers 120-114, taking the lead with a big score of 1-0…

But even if the Suns did not have Paul, Booker took the lead in getting a big lead; but as long as Paul does not come back, the outside world is always more optimistic about the Clippers. There is even a voice from the outside world: Now the Suns are leading 1-0, but it should not be Tyronn Lu, but it should be the Suns coach Monty…

So, the Suns without Paul beat the Clippers, so why is it not Tyronn Lue that should panic?

Since the playoffs, Leonard has averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 57.3% shooting percentage. Paul has 15.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists, and 50.9% shooting percentage. From the comparison of the two figures, although Paul’s rich experience and ability to handle the ball at critical moments are very important to the Suns, but in essence Leonard is more important to the Clippers. But now that the Clippers lose in the first round, why are they not panicking at all?

1. Twice 0-2 in the playoffs and a comeback, giving the Clippers great confidence. When the Clippers met the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, they were caught off guard by the re-evolved Doncic, and lost two consecutive home games 0-2 behind. But then they adjusted back in time, won two games in a row, and forced the Lone Ranger into the battle of Tianwangshan. Just when everyone thought that the time for the Clippers to reverse has arrived, they accidentally lost the battle of Tianwang Mountain. But then they have the ability to withstand the pressure, winning two consecutive games to stop the Lone Ranger in the first round.

When it came to the second round to face the No. 1 Jazz in the West, the Clippers were unable to fight after the first round of the tiebreaker. Once again, the outburst of Mitchell took a 2-0 lead. Just after everyone thought that the Clippers had encountered an upgraded version of the “Lone Ranger”, the road to the playoffs should be gone. Under the leadership of Leonard, he killed a carbine and once again forced the game into the battle of Tianwangshan.

But before Tianwangshan, Leonard missed the rest of the series due to a right knee injury. Such a change has given the Jazz the hope of a “counterattack”. After all, George is a freak, and other main players often fail to make their due contributions. However, after Leonard was injured, Tyronn-Lu did not panic. Instead, he reused Reggie Jackson, Mann and Kennard to make up for Leonard’s absence. In the end, Tyronn Lue’s trust did not “be passionate”. Reggie Jackson, Mann and others broke out to help the team win two consecutive games to advance to the Western Conference Finals…

By Ethan