After the LA Clippers lost Game 2 against the Utah Jazz, Twitter piled in on Ty Lue, questioning his coaching methods and rotation.
Clippers head coach already under pressure after Game 1 loss
Down the stretch in Game 1 against Utah, Ty Lue had the opportunity to call a time out, draw up a play, and steal the first game of the series.
Instead, the play carried on and the ball fell into the hands of Marcus Morris. His three-point attempt in the corner was blocked by Rudy Gobert and the Jazz won the game.
After the game, the Clips head coach said that ‘taking a timeout didn’t cross his mind’, and that ‘they just did a good job closing out to the corner.’
- TRENDING: Why did Blake Griffin stop dunking?
Donovan Mitchell shines once again
Much was made of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George teaming up in LA, but so far this postseason, the pair – especially PG13 – have been shown up by the emerging superstars in the league.
In the first round it was Luka Doncic, and now in the Western Conference semis it’s Donovan Mitchell.
In Game 1, Mitchell scored 32 of his 45 points in the second half, and in Game 2 he picked up right where he left off.
He had 10 points in the first 3 minutes, and finished the half with 27 points.
Mitchell ended the game with 37 points, leading the Jazz to a 117-111 win.
- REVEALED: Draymond Green’s top five players under 25 list
NBA fans, however, are wondering why Lue is so reluctant to put Kawhi or Paul George on him. They are supposedly two of the best defenders in the game, yet neither are being placed on ‘Spida’ to clamp him up.
They also questioned his decision to bench Rajon Rondo in the fourth quarter, and play Pat Bev instead.
Fans were left scratching their heads, and criticised Ty Lue on Twitter.
Clips and Ty Lue now head back home for Game 3
The Jazz now have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Having said that, the Clippers will take comfort from the fact they’ve been here before.
In the last round against the Dallas Mavericks, they were also 2-0 down and managed to come back in 7 games.
However, if Donovan Mitchell keeps playing like he is, the Clips will be on vacation sooner than they expected.