Russell Westbrook did not play in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Ty Lue and the Clippers made some very questionable choices down the stretch against the Denver Nuggets that ultimately cost them the game.
The biggest one in question was the team choosing to close the game with Marcus Morris, instead of Terance Mann, or Nicolas Batum, or Russell Westbrook. Mann had done a great job of helping get the team back within striking distance in the fourth quarter, where he was then subbed out for Marcus Morris. Morris ended up closing the game and played in overtime, where he was lost on multiple defensive coverages and had a crucial unforced turnover.
Russell Westbrook played a very efficient game for the Clippers, putting up 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, with only 2 turnovers, on 60/50/100 shooting. He did this all in only 25 minutes, as Westbrook didn’t step into the game at all during the fourth and overtime quarters. Clippers head coach Ty Lue admitted that he could have played Westbrook more in the game.
“I thought Russ did a good job tonight,” Lue said. “I probably should have played him a little bit more, but we caught a good rhythm and good flow and kinda took the lead, so I kinda stuck with our guys.”
Coaches make mistakes too, but unfortunately for the Clippers, Ty Lue has made mistakes in the last two games. Especially, when it comes to playing Terance Mann more. On Sunday night, he could have played Russell Westbook more, too.