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The return to Washington smiles at John Wall with the Clippers

What a lovely symbol to see Nicholas Batum shine one evening of victory for the French football team. A great supporter of the Blues, the Frenchman was indeed one of the key men of the Clippers that night, who came to seek an important success among the Wizards (114-107) before finally returning to Los Angeles.

Defeated twice in Florida, in Orlando then Miami, the teammates of the excellent Paul George (36 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals) therefore revive collectively, right when their road trip ends, while Washington sinks for its part into the crisis, with a sixth defeat in a row and even a ninth defeat in ten games…

DC fans will have been able to console themselves with the return of John Wallthe former prodigal son of the city.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

John Wall’s Return to Town. For the first time since February 2021, the former All-Star leader returned to Washington, to the land of his first (and finest) exploits, and this time there was an audience. Unsurprisingly, he received a superb reception from his former fans and his former franchise, but that’s almost all we will remember from his match. Holder for the first time of the season, he actually struggled to shine during this meeting (13 points, 5/13 on shots including 0/4 at 3-pts), but the main thing was still assured, as the Clippers left the capital with the victory.

Paul George, size pattern. Kawhi Leonard still in the run-in (13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, but at 5/13 on shots and 1/5 at 3-pts), the Clippers obviously need “PG13” to evolve at its best level, or at all case not so far, and this one delivered that night. Irreproachable from start to finish and present in all areas of the game, the All-Star winger honored his status by carrying his team at arm’s length. Especially when she had to resist the Wizards and Kyle Kuzma, unleashed in the first half…

Nicolas Batum imperial in the money-time. Having become a substitute again, after having spent two games in the five, the Frenchman still allowed himself to continue his momentum offensively. Because, after planting 13, 16 then 11 points during the road trip from Los Angeles to the East, this time he scored 12 points (to go with his 6 rebounds and 2 blocks), 4/10 to 3-pts. And these 12 points were scored in a good way, since “Batman” especially distinguished himself in the last five minutes of the game, with three award-winning successes, the last of which 23 seconds from the end, to give the advantage definitively. to the Clippers!

TOPS/FLOPS

The Kuzma/Porzingis duo. The Wizards may have accumulated losses lately, it is impossible to say that Kyle Kuzma (35 points, 12 rebounds) and Kristaps Porzingis (30 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists) are to blame in this collective collapse. Even less with regard to their performance last night, because they just allowed—together or one after the other—Washington to exist and even to believe until the end in the feat against the armada of Clippers, despite their many absences. A high-flying performance from Kyle Kuzma and Kristaps Porzingis, despite some obvious waste.

Marcus Morris. Behind Paul George, the 33-year-old winger was the most reliable and consistent Clippers player: 19 points and 6 rebounds, 5/10 on shots including 5/8 at 3-pts. Precious with his exterior address, throughout the game, he did a lot of good for his team on the offensive level and it is generally a harbinger of a great evening for Los Angeles when Morris is so inspired in attack.

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Washington’s Wounded. Bradley Beal, Will Barton, Monte Morris, Rui Hachimura and Delon Wright. The list of absentees on the Wizards side continues to grow over the matches and it is no coincidence that the franchise of the capital falls in the standings. Because, even if Jordan Goodwin takes the opportunity to show himself (17 points, 6 assists, 6 steals), it is difficult for Wes Unseld Jr. to work miracles with such a tight group and not as supplied as usual in talent terms.

THE FOLLOWING

Washington (11-16) : reception of Brooklyn, in the night from Monday to Tuesday (01:00).

Los Angeles (15-13) : reception of Boston, on the night of Monday to Tuesday (04:30).

Washington / 107 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
K. Kuzma 38 14/27 7/11 0/0 2 10 12 3 2 6 1 -5 35 32
C.Kispert 43 3/11 1/5 0/0 2 3 5 1 -9 7 5
D.Avdija 39 4/10 3/7 0/0 6 6 5 1 1 1 +4 11 16
K.Porzingis 37 8/20 2/4 12/13 15 15 6 3 3 2 +6 30 37
J. Goodwin 38 6/13 2/5 3/4 2 2 4 6 3 6 1 +5 17 24
A. Gill 16 1/1 0/0 2/2 3 3 2 -8 4 7
T. Gibson 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 -5 -1
D.Gafford 11 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 1 -13 2
D. Dotson 15 1/3 1/2 0/0 2 2 4 3 4 1 2 -10 3 7
37/85 16/34 17/19 8 42 50 24 15 8 14 4 107 129
LA Clippers / 114 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
K.Leonard 30 5/13 1/5 2/2 8 8 6 1 13 20
Mr. Morris Sr. 30 5/10 5/8 4/4 5 5 3 1 1 +5 19 21
I. Zubac 20 2/5 0/0 0/0 2 3 5 2 2 -8 4 4
J.Wall 29 5/13 0/4 3/4 1 1 3 1 2 2 1 -9 13 9
P.George 41 13/27 5/12 5/5 2 6 8 6 4 3 2 2 +8 36 39
N. Batum 33 4/12 4/10 0/0 3 3 6 1 2 2 +19 12 13
Mr. Brown 7 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 1 -4 4 5
T. Mann 12 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 3 4 3 1 2 +7 1
L. Kennard 24 3/7 3/6 1/1 4 4 5 1 1 2 1 +18 10 15
B.Boston Jr. 15 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 1 1 1 -1 3 2
40/94 19/48 15/16 9 34 43 22 16 9 10 7 114 130

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