The Los Angeles Clippers are struggling, and Kawhi Leonard is not happy with the team’s performance since trading for James Harden. In their recent game, they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, who have the worst record in the Western Conference. The Clippers had difficulty defeating the Grizzlies, despite them missing key players like Ja Morant, Steven Adams, and Brandon Clarke.
During the game, Leonard called a pick from center Ivica Zubac to create some offense. However, Zubac was not assertive in positioning himself down low after the pick was set, which frustrated Leonard. He expressed his frustration by yelling at Zubac during a timeout.
Additionally, Russell Westbrook also showed his frustration when he was substituted for Harden. Despite the game being close, Westbrook remained calm and seated while his teammates cheered. It appears that the acquisition of Harden is not working for the Clippers, as they have lost five games since obtaining him.
Leonard addressed the team’s struggles with Harden, acknowledging the need for time to gel together on the court. He believes that the Clippers will find their rhythm and overcome their recent losses.
It seems like the Harden experiment has not been successful for the Clippers, while the Philadelphia 76ers have not faced significant issues since acquiring Harden. The emergence of Tyrese Maxey as a reliable star alongside Joel Embiid has been beneficial for the 76ers.
It is evident that the Clippers are facing challenges with their current lineup, and Leonard recognizes the importance of time and teamwork to improve their performance.