At the end of the suspense, Brandon Ingram sends the Pelicans to the playoffs

Only 36 wins can qualify for the playoffs! The Pelicans took full advantage of the “play-in” system to qualify after their victory over Tottenham, and then that night on the pitch of the Clippers who, as we remember, had to dispense with Paul George. Despite the absence of the latter, this part was not decided to the end and could have gone the other way.

It only took a few seconds of playing to realize that one player was on more mission than the others: Brandon Ingram. The elegant Pelican winger quickly found his comfort zone mid-range without any opponent being able to disturb his gestures. Twelve minutes later, he already had 14 points on 7/8 shots and his team was on a pretty cool run (22-30).

The Clippers struggled to hold the score in the following minutes, due to opposite bench activity, particularly Larry Nance Jr. By completely abandoning the 3-point shot but by scoring easily at or near the key, New Orleans gave themselves their best lead: +16 (29-45).

Ingram Nance, former Lakers make a difference

Clumsy hitherto clumsy Reggie Jackson also began lining up his mid-range jumpers to help Marcus Morris, the Clippers’ number one threat, while Norman Powell struggled to make Paul George forget. By challenging Brandon Ingram’s shots better, the Clippers, though foolish (4/21 from afar in the first half…), finished on a better note (46-56).

This trend was amazingly confirmed in the third quarter of full control of the hosts. The Californians are seriously muzzled in defense – with the really huge Nicholas Batum in the sector – the two opposite strongmen (Ingram and McCollum), and the entire Bells attack, to spin in transition. Capped by Robert Covington or Norman Powell as Marcus Morris continued his brilliant evening, Reggie Jackson confirmed his rise to power by hurting CJ McCollum in defense. Thus, Los Angeles passed with an amazing score of 25-2 to reverse the match and lead by ten points before the last quarter (84-74).

The end of the clap for the swans? never. CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram found the rhythm and skill to carry NOLA at 14-1 and thus tie (88-88). With Trey Murphy inspired from afar, the Pelicans took possession of three possessions (94-101) two minutes before the end. The Clippers still found a way to respond to regain control before letting the game be decided on free throws.

There, both teams shone a lot with their breach. With 20 seconds left and only three points ahead, Larry Nance Jr. missed two straight points and then Norman Powell settled on 1/2. In the next possession, the Clippers took Brandon Ingram who found Jonas Valanciunas, alone under the circuit, to score the final basket synonymous with qualifying.

What to remember

Tyronn Lue Small Ball. His choice to dispense with Ivica Zubak, despite his offensive rebound activity, after going to the dressing room, changed the face of the match. By aligning Robert Covington rather than the pivot, the Clippers coach made himself five more mobile and able to “switch” on everything. This adjustment paid off as it coincided with the Clippers’ massive third quarter (38-18) against the Pelicans who had not decided to serve Jonas Valancionas at the center, despite the duels favorable in size. He also finally returned to his seat to appreciate Larry Nance Jr. doing the job.

Willie Green’s speech. While his team was still in trouble at the start of the fourth quarter, the Pelicans coach had strong and emotional words to his players during the break. ” At the moment we’re playing, we’ve worked hard for it. We will not leave him. You have to fight, you have to fight! ‘, he repeated vigorously. His message arrived when the Pelicans were back to score within minutes.

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Brandon Ingram. The winger started his game with 18 points at 9/10 on shots before experiencing a major drop in pace in the third quarter. He got twice and was held very well by Nicholas Batum, but he recovered in the last period by passing his defender a few times to go dunk. The result: a very powerful and complete game without any 3-point attempt.

Larry Nance Jr.. First double double of the season and what a double double for a substitute player who strengthened the Pelican racket to make up for Jonas Valanciunas’ lack of match. Despite missing two free throws at the end, he was decisive in the last quarter with his rebounding action.

Trey Murphy III. Without making much noise, the rookie finished with the most positive impact on the outcome of the match, by far. His four award winning dynasties sent after the break, most of the time during the conquest, greatly benefited the pelicans.

Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris. While the other members of the Clippers five were less challenging or inspired to attack, both men kept home in the absence of Paul George. However, they struggled a lot behind the three-point line (6/20 between them…).

free throw skill. Seeing two teams finishing under 10 award winning baskets is becoming a rarity in the league today. Watch two teams shoot under 65% success on free throws, with 12 points lost on each side, even more.

the following

Clippers (42-40) : Vacation, like their neighbors.

Pelicans (36-46) : Match 1 against the Sun on Sunday.

clippers / 101 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
n. Batum 33 1/7 0/5 0/0 1 9 10 1 5 2 0 0 +11 2 9
Mr. Morris Sr. 43 9/20 11/4 5/7 3 6 9 5 1 0 1 0 +7 27 27
I. Zubac 13 3/5 0/0 2/4 4 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 -4 8 9
R Jackson 46 9/22 2/9 7/9 0 7 7 8 2 2 2 1 +3 27 28
T man 37 2/5 0/2 0/0 3 4 7 4 2 1 1 1 -9 4 13
R. Covington 35 4/7 2/4 4/5 0 3 3 1 5 1 0 0 -1 14 15th
n. Powell 24 6/16 1/4 4/7 0 4 4 0 2 1 2 1 -8 17 8
I am Hartenstein 6 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 -10 2 3
Alf coffee 4 0/2 0/1 0/2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -9 0 -5
sum 35/85 9/36 22/34 12 33 45 20 21 7 7 3 101
swans / 105 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
B- Ingram 43 14/21 0/0 2/4 0 6 6 6 2 0 2 0 +3 30 31
Jones 33 2/6 1/3 2/2 1 6 7 1 5 0 1 1 -7 7 11
J Valencionas 25 3/9 0/2 2/4 5 4 9 0 3 0 1 0 -12 8 8
J Hayes 15th 2/3 0/0 0/1 0 3 3 1 3 1 0 0 -8 4 7
C McCollum 42 9/24 1/7 0/2 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 1 -1 19 6
Nance Jr 24 7/8 0/0 0/2 7 9 16 4 5 1 0 1 +13 14 33
T Snell 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 -9 0 -1
In Marshall 10 0/1 0/1 3/6 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 -2 3 0
D Graham 4 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +5 2 0
J. Alvarado 17 1/5 0/1 2/2 3 1 4 3 3 0 1 0 +12 4 6
T. Murphy III 24 4/7 4/6 2/2 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 +26 14 18
sum 43/88 6/22 13/25 17 37 54 20 26 2 8 3 105

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