Clippers will have two key players out against Lakers

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

"So we only can control what we can control - and that's how hard we play and going out there and competing every night".

Lowry was in the gym Thursday night at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex inside the bubble for the opening night of the National Basketball Association restart as the Jazz, Pelicans, Lakers and Clippers all knelt during the anthem before their tip-offs, on a hardwood gym floor embossed with the words "Black Lives Matter".

Both games started with players - wearing T-shirts emblazoned with "Black Lives Matter" - kneeling in unison as the "Star-Spangled Banner" played. "Like I said, it's an honour to be even mentioned with his name". I think it was fantastic. "Those four teams, including coaches in the organization, I think it was handsome what they did and they did it in unison". He just came to watch his friend Russell Westbrook. "To consider a person being kneeling on a different human being throat for about 2 minutes and 46 moments, that is a awful idea to get, an incredible messed-up thing that guy did for an innocent Black man", he stated in regard to George Floyd's killing by a police officer at May. I love playing on an opponent's floor.

The first night of the modified National Basketball Association season, two games and two incredible finishes.

Paul George led the way as the Los Angeles Clippers outclassed the New Orleans Pelicans 126-103.

"The game of basketball has always been bigger than just a ball and a rim and 10 guys on the floor, four referees", he explained. Those teams should be favoured. Both teams are coming off wins after the restart.

Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect for the USA military, while all the coaches and players around him kneeled.

And it's not just the been there, we can do it again argument either.

"We are in a time where we need to keep that conversation going, we need to be heard from, we need to speak loud and clear", said Kyle Lowry, who chose the message "Education Reform".

Terence Davis - "We might not have to be on the same team but we're still united in this league". "The tax money, they don't get the tax money".

Ibaka has no doubt that this team is prepared to make another championship run.

"I'm not surprised because I think the coaches do a great job of giving us a great gameplan A, B, C, D, E, so we have different gameplans for different moments". We got what we wanted, great shots, open shots. OG Anunoby had 23 points, making 8 of 9 shots, and Pascal Siakam contributed 15 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors.

There is a familiarity there that breeds confidence and that confidence in turn brings success. "And we have a bunch of professional players that execute really well", he said. "I think it's our confidence, nobody can take that from us, we trust each other, we know what to do to win so I think that's important". He was never coming back.

Few are able to get past the Kawhi is no longer here narrative.

They knocked it off with time to spare. "Obviously, we're not done, we've got a long way to go, but it's a good accomplishment for our organisation". As you'll see, LeBron isn't really too anxious right now. We just didn't hit shots tonight.

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