Rested Clippers aim to get back on track vs. Pistons

The Los Angeles Clippers had a couple of days off prior to their Friday afternoon game. They’re likely grateful to get a little extra rest.The Clippers, who host the floundering Detroit Pistons on Friday, have lost three of their last four games. Road losses to Memphis and New Orleans were followed by two home games against Dallas.Los Angeles posted a 97-91 win Sunday over the Mavericks, but dropped a 112-104 overtime decision two days later.Reggie Jackson had 31 points on Tuesday, but the team’s offense stalled in the extra session.”We’re still learning on the fly, still figuring each other out being short-handed a little bit,” Jackson said. “I can’t imagine being the coach, being (Tyronn) Lue and the coaching staff, they’re trying to figure it out. Make sure that we’re as healthy as possible, as recovered as possible, as well as they’re trying to teach us as much as possible with our new units and everything going on.”So we’re just trying to pick it up. But yeah, I’m a little frustrated, just because they’re easy baskets that we’re passing up, especially with the great defense that we’ve been playing.”One of the things troubling Lue and his staff is turnovers. The Clippers are averaging 14.2 per game.”Taking care of the basketball and capitalizing in transition, that’s our biggest Achilles’ heel right now,” Lue said.Starting guard Eric Bledsoe has been particularly punchless at the offensive end, averaging 5.2 points on 36.7 percent shooting over the last five games.Another key player, forward Nicolas Batum, entered the league’s health and safety protocols and is expected to miss several more games.Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. has returned to action after being out for a month due to knee soreness. He played 31 minutes in the overtime game and scored 10 points.

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