Murray: Clippers Could Be "Scary" Next Year

The Clippers beat the Warriors at Oracle – again

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
April 25, 2019 - 8:59 am
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The Los Angeles Clippers are not going down without a fight. They beat the Warriors 129-121 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series, winning at Oracle yet again.

“It just seems like the Clippers are playing a lot more loose on the road,” former NBA champion Tracy Murray said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “That two-man game with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell is hard to stop. Patrick Beverley, being the heart of the team, he really played extremely well getting all those rebounds tonight.”

Five Clippers finished in double figures, including Williams, who had 33 points and 10 assists off the bench. The Warriors, meanwhile, got 91 points from Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson but couldn’t close the deal.

“They didn’t come out with the proper energy at the beginning of the game,” Murray said. “The Clippers came out desperate. The hardest thing to do, especially when you have veterans on the other team, is to close a team out. They’re fighting for their season lives here. These guys understand what’s at stake, and they’re well-coached with Doc. It’s going to be hard to close them out.”

Just so we’re clear, the Clippers’ starting five is JaMychal Green, Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

How is Doc Rivers doing this?

“I don’t know what he’s doing, but he needs to be the Coach of the Year this year,” Murray said. “When you’re this feisty and pushing the champs to the brink and you don’t have guys that are closers on your team, you don’t have max players on your team – and you’re wreaking havoc out there. Can you imagine how scary they’re going to be if they can keep this team together and add two max players? The way they’re playing, it’s going to attract some max players to that team. They’re going to be in L.A., and they’re going to be playing with a team that plays extremely hard and is well-coached.”

Indeed, the Clippers could be a much more desirable free-agency destination than the Lakers. Is LeBron James still a big draw for NBA players?

“It takes a special free agent to be able to play with LeBron James because he has the ball in his hands all the time,” Murray said. “People got to understand he is a natural distributor, so we don’t bring in another guy that needs to have the ball in their hands like LeBron. We need to bring in guys that can play off of LeBron. You look at Klay Thompson. You look at Anthony Davis. Those two guys make sense with LeBron.”

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