The LA Clippers asserted their dominance against the Denver Nuggets in Game 3. Kawhi Leonard once again breathed fire to propel the Clips to a commanding position. With the series now against the favor of the Nuggets, can they cope with the pressure and bounce back in the upcoming game?
LA Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets: Injury Report
Coming into Game 4, the LA Clippers face a massive advantage over their opponents. This majorly comes on the back of the fact that the Clips have no player stressing due to injury. An injury-free roster is every head coach’s desire, ever.
The Clippers have no injuries to report ahead of Game 4, per the team.
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Now, Doc Rivers can prepare for the upcoming game with no limitations in mind regarding player injuries. On the other hand, the Nuggets, too, don’t have any major injuries in hand, except for the two athletes who have been down and out, even before the playoffs began.
Denver won’t be expecting Will Barton and rookie Vlatko Cancar soon. Thus, at the moment, they don’t have any injury troubles, even though Nikola Jokic reportedly had a wrist sprain ahead of the previous game. He still ended up scoring 32.0 points
Starting Lineups and Predictions
Game 4 always brings out extra intensity in a series. For the Clippers and the Nuggets, a win can skyrocket the momentum for either team, looking at where things stand for them. Doc Rivers’ side can gain a valuable lead with a win, while Mike Malone and co. can initiate their comeback with a win and level the series at 2-2.
With that being said, both head coaches will undoubtedly move forward with their best five in the starting lineup. Here’s the possible starting lineup for the Clippers and the Nuggets:
Patrick Beverley (G)
Paul George (G)
Marcus Morris (F)
Kawhi Leonard (F)
Ivica Zubac (C)
Jamal Murray (G)
Paul Millsap (F)
Jerami Grant (F)
Nikola Jokic (C)
This game will prove to be a test of the strength of defensive capabilities for both teams. So far, the Nuggets and the Clippers seem to be quite evenly matched, but PG13 and Kawhi can anytime gain their shooting momentum and hurt Denver with their talent.
We saw what Kawhi can do on defense in the last game. He’s always a player who can carry the Clippers on his back, and that might just be the reason why they have the edge in this one. If Kawhi continues to fire, then the Nuggets will find it hard to stop him in Game 4, and for the rest of their playoff series as well!