With the regular season wrapping up, things are clicking at just the right time for the Clippers. The first thing I have to acknowledge is Robert Covington. On April 1, RoCo got his first start for the short handed Clips and he proceeded to splash a franchise-record 11 three’s. He finished the game with a career high 43 points. The craziest part about this? Covington is known for his defense. The fact that the Clippers can roll out elite wing talent at the snap of a finger is incredible and all the credit goes to the front office for absolutely fleecing the Blazers in the RoCo and Norman Powell deal.
Two days later, the Clips had a huge game against the Pelicans with major play-in implications. Historically, it feels like the Pelicans just really don’t like us. In a meeting earlier this year, Valanciunas casually had a career night hitting his career high 7 three-pointers in a win over the Clips. This time, however, we were ready. The Clippers rose to the occasion and stepped up to the challenge. This With a 119-100 win, the Clippers officially clinched the 8th seed. The reason this is so important is because it gives us 2 chances to win one game in the play-in to clinch the playoffs.
Enter Norman Powell…
It really feels like everything is clicking at the right time for the Clippers to make a playoff push. Last night, Norman Powell suited up for the first time in about a month. But wow, he’s too good. Powell looked was already in playoff form hitting his first 6 shots. He ended the game with a team-high 24 points. His ability to attack the rim with such grace and agility is incredibly underappreciated and greatly needed for this Clipper team. This was the first time he had ever played alongside Paul George, but you would never be able to tell by the way PG found Powell on multiple open looks. Powell reflected after the game about what it was like to hoop alongside PG and it just adds to the contagious energy in the locker room. Everybody is excited to be here and ready to compete. Let’s hope the Clips can keep the momentum going into the play-in, because after that, who knows what can happen?
“(Playing with Paul George) still doesn’t seem real to me. He’s a guy that I looked up to growing up.”Norman Powell on hooping with PG for the first time
~Michael Bannerman (twitter: @mabannerman44 insta: mab__44)