The Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Atlanta Hawks 112-108 on Sunday night.
It marked the team’s sixth straight loss and dropped them to 21-21 on the year.
They are now a mere one game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the standings – and the Lakers have been atrocious this year.
Following his team’s most recent loss, Clippers star Kawhi Leonard spoke to the media.
“This is the spot where you see if you really enjoy the game and see if we can dig out of this hole. It’s fun. It’s a good challenge for us.”
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“Guys are still being positive,” Leonard said after the game.
“This is the spot where you see if you really enjoy the game and if we’re a team, seeing if we can dig out this hole and you know, it is fun. It’s a good challenge for us.
“I think we did a good job, like I said our pace was a little quicker off of their misses and even when they made the basket just getting the ball up. it translated us to having more pace on the defensive end. I think we did a good job.”
Above all else, Leonard is trying to maintain a big-picture perspective.
“I think it just starts with one game, winning it,” Leonard continued.
“Every possession matters, we gotta value every possession on the defensive end or the offensive end. So you just keep building that through a 48-minute game and see if we get it to win. And then you move on to the next one. Keep going.”
Leonard certainly sounded more optimistic here than he did a few nights ago.
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Obviously the NBA season is a long one and there is plenty of time to right the ship.
That said, the Clippers are clearly headed in the wrong direction.
Will they be able to get back on track?
Time will tell.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.