Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard has admitted that his team's inconsitency is ''very concerning'' following a 135-115 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Clippers were without starting guard Patrick Beverley and starting center Serge Ibaka but Leonard felt the way they performed against the Pelicans was simply unnaceptable.
"It's very concerning," Leonard said when asked what his level of concern is at over the slippage. "[If] we want to have a chance at anything, you gotta be consistent. You know, that's what the great teams do, they're consistent.
They have their nights when, you know, the energy's not there. But it's all about consistency, from teams to players to coaches. That's what makes a team great, players great, coaches great. A consistency of being, wanting to win, and doing pretty much the same habits of winning."
Leonard had a good performance
Leonard scored 23 points and had five rebounds but it wasn't enough as the rest of the team failed to deliver. The Clippers have now lost four of their last five games and head coach Ty Lue has acknowledged that teams are ''going at'' the Clippers.
"Teams are going at us, and we got to put up more resistance," Lue said. "I am not discouraged, because we have shown what we can do, and we can play at a high level. But we got to do it every single night. We can't keep talking about it.
We got to f---ing ... sorry, we got to do it." The last time Lue was this frustrated was last month, when the Clippers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 122-94. "That's exactly what it felt like," Lue said of the defeat at Memphis.
"That's what our coaching staff was talking about. They were more physical than us, they were tougher than us, and you saw the results. We just gotta be better. "We gotta be more physical, gotta have defensive mindset at the start of every game, I don't give a hell, I don't care who you playing."
The Clippers now face a tough opponent as they are set to meet the Dallas Mavericks on the road on Monday night. "If we play like this again tomorrow, it can be another 50-point loss," a frustrated Lue said. "So we got to be ready, got to be prepared. And we got to have our stuff together, man."