Clippers 5, Nuggets 10: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Los Angeles Clippers (21-18) play against the Denver Nuggets (13-13) at Ball Arena

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Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Thursday January 5, 2023

Los Angeles Clippers 5, Denver Nuggets 10 (Q1 07:53)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

TJ McBride @TJ McBrideNBA

You can tell Aaron Gordon knows tonight he can make a statement. He is attacking relentlessly on both ends. – 10:08 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn

Aaron Gordon is WORKING tonight. – 10:07 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg

Not enough people are talking about how good Aaron Gordon has been for the Nuggets this season, esp. with Murray and MPJ dealing with injuries. – 10:07 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Best 4 players 1-4?
#Nuggets #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/TwbY8QeQtw10:07 PM

Michael Singer @msinger

One game doesn’t determine anything, but Aaron Gordon and Paul George are both vying for the same All-Star real estate. There’s a limited amount of West spots available, and both have legitimate claims. – 10:06 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBlessed

Buckets from Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon (x2) have the Nuggets out to a 6-0 lead over the Clippers. You would know this if you’re watching TNT. – 10:05 PM

TJ McBride @TJ McBrideNBA

That is four-straight stops for the Nuggets to begin against the Clippers and Jokic is already diming up everyone. Feels like one of the nights Denver shows up to play their best tonight.
Denver up 6-0 early. – 10:05 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @Notorious OHM

Latest on what LeBron wants and needs, AD’s health, Kawhi and PG, Clippers’ second unit struggles on a new ‘That’s OD’ with@Dave McMenaminyoutube.be/w0ZhmgqIkYg10:03 PM

TJ McBride @TJ McBrideNBA

Nuggets vs. Clippers has tipped. – 10:03 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets

NUGGS BASKETBALL ON @NBAonTNT 📺 pic.twitter.com/yhWRrTAwN110:03 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both playing for the Clippers tonight. All their regulars are active except Nicolas Batum. Should be a good test for Denver. – 9:53 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU

Asked T Lue about level of concern when it comes to protecting Paul George’s hamstring. pic.twitter.com/3oYm9bFIu39:45 PM

TJ McBride @TJ McBrideNBA

Nuggets have their regular starters together:
Jamal Murray
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Michael Porter Jr.
Aaron Gordon
Nikola Jokic
With Denver on the first night of a B2B and the Cavs resting tomorrow night, I’d bet Murray rests tomorrow night. – 9:37 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Nuggets starters vs. clippers:
Jamal Murray
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Michael Porter Jr.
Aaron Gordon
Nikola Jokic – 9:36 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBlessed

Nuggets going with their regular starters – Murray, Caldwell-Pope, Porter, Gordon, Jokic – tonight against the Clippers. Michael Malone said pregame that Jamal Murray is still not playing back-to-backs, so he looks doubtful to play tomorrow against the Cavaliers. – 9:34 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets

Starting 🖐
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/PmRWYKbo579:34 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @Notorious OHM

LAC-DEN starters:
LAC extension
Kawhi Leonard
Marcus Morris
Ivica Zubac
Paul George
Reggie Jackson
DEN
Michael Porter Jr.
Aaron Gordon
Nikola Jokic
Jamal Murray
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 9:33 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets starters: Jamal, KCP, MPJ, AG and Joker.
Murray hasn’t been playing in both back-to-backs. Fair question whether he plays tomorrow. – 9:32 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LA Clippers

Incoming master class.
Vote Kawhi ➡https://t.co/QWOBIWBHr4 pic.twitter.com/AWyFJGhWb69:31 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets

Staring 🖐
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/WakspjgXZr9:31 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Jeff Green, currently out with a fractured left hand, is making progress. He’s shooting around pregame with a protective glove over his hand. Scheduled to be reevaluated in around two weeks. – 9:26 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Jeff Green, currently out with a fractured left hand, is making progress. He’s shooting around pregame with a protective glove over his left hand. Scheduled to be reevaluated in around two weeks. – 9:24 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LA Clippers

Get the 411 for tonight’s contest.
#GetItLocked | @betwayusa9:06 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif

John Wall (left knee injury management) will not play tonight at Denver. – 8:57 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets

Hear what Coach has to say before tip-off 🎙 pic.twitter.com/ATApnYy5zx8:42 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Asked Michael Malone how the Nuggets decide which game of the back-to-back Jamal Murray plays: “That’s a conversation I have with out training staff,” Malone said. He says the staff makes a suggestion, then Malone will go to Murray and they’ll make a decision. – 8:39 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU

Asked T Lue if it is set in stone that Kawhi and Wall would play no games on zero days rest this season.
T Lue left open possibility that they could. Full reax momentarily. – 8:38 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrussian

Just landed in Denver. #Cavs injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Nuggets:
Darius Garland (thumb sprain) – questionable
Donovan Mitchell (rest) – OUT
Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade, Dylan Windler also all remain out. – 8:38 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif

Ty Lue was asked about whether he foresees Kawhi Leonard and John Wall being able to play both ends of a back to back this season, at some point. Lue said he hopes so. – 8:35 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Michael Malone prays on Jamal Murray staggering and playing with the bench: “Be assertive, be vocal, that’s your unit. You run it.” – 8:32 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif

Paul George will play tonight in Denver, for the team. – 8:26 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU

Paul George will play tonight in Denver – 8:26 PM

Michael Singer @msinger

Asked Michael Malone how Jamal Murray can help himself. He said he can be more vocal, more assertive. Specifically, he said when he’s staggering with the second unit, he needs to run that lineup. “That’s your unit.” Malone is empowering him to do so. – 8:20 PM

TJ McBride @TJ McBrideNBA

Malone called Jamal Murray one of the toughest guys he has ever met mentally and physically. – 8:20 PM

TJ McBride @TJ McBrideNBA

Malone said the challenge for both him and Jamal Murray as he fights back to his former self is not getting caught up in the moment. It was always going to be a long process and that’s been the toughest challenge. – 8:18 PM

Rick Noland @RickNoland

Donovan Mitchell (rest) out vs. Nuggets. DG questionable due to thumb – 8:13 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Kawhi Leonard tonight before Nuggets-Clippers. pic.twitter.com/gItQhureoG8:10 PM

Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
#Cavs will be without Donovan Mitchell (rest) tomorrow night here in Denver. Darius Garland, who missed the last three games with a thumb injury, is listed as questionable.
Cavs will also be without Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade, Dylan Windler, and Isaiah Mobley tomorrow. – 7:44 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell (rest) is listed OUT tomorrow night against Denver, along with Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade and Dylan Windler. Darius Garland (thumb) is QUESTIONABLE. – 7:33 PM
Mirjam Swanson @Mirjam Swanson

Almost on a jury this week. Lawyer quizzes me: “Sports columnist?” “True.” “What do you write about?” “Everything.” “How long?” “August.” “Before that?” “Covered the Clippers.”
Another prospective juror: “You cover the Clippers?! They’re so frustrating!” Dude a fan since Blake. – 7:10 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR

Minnesota @Minnesota Timberwolves Status Report in advance of tomorrow’s game vs. LA Clippers:
QUESTIONABLE
Bryn Forbes – Right Shoulder Soreness
Naz Reid – Back Spasms
OUT
Jordan McLaughlin – Left Calf Strain
Karl-Anthony Towns – Right Calf Strain – 5:59 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn

So, it’s assumed that Kawhi Leonard will play tonight against the Nuggets. That’s a big deal. He’s not on the injury report (Paul George is questionable with a hammy).
This will be a good test for the Nuggets. A serious opponent. That they should take seriously. Big if true. – 5:34 PM

Dan Favale @damn it

five nba players are shooting >= 55% on drives with a >= 12 ast%:
—nikola jokic (69.2 fg%/14.6 ast%)
—luka doncic (64.9 fg%/12.4 ast%)
—lebron james (59.8 fg%/12.5 ast%)
—malik monk (57 fg%/17.1 ast%)
—deni avdija (55.6 fg%/13.9 ast%) – 5:09 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Peyton Watson will be sidelined for a couple of weeks with a left adductor strain, I’m told. He left the Grand Rapids Gold’s Jan. 2 loss after playing 15 minutes and is currently in Denver. Nuggets have been really encouraged by his play in the G League this season. – 4:52 PM

Sean Grande @Sean GrandePBP

And on the topic of Scal, Abby and me, it seemed trivial given what happened in Cincinnati Monday, but a belated but heartfelt thanks not just for these but to all who reached out after our NBA “rain delay” Sunday in Denver.
Do this long enough, you’ll see everything. pic.twitter.com/zNq4sFLPSt4:31 PM

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