John Wall L.A. Debut As Clippers Outlast Lakers:- On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Clippers won 103-97 over the Los Angeles Lakers to begin their 2022-23 season. For the first time since 1970, the Clippers won their eighth consecutive regular-season game against the Lakers.
In addition to Paul George’s 15 points and 10 rebounds, Ivica Zubac also put up a double-double with 14 points and 17 boards. In his Clippers debut, John Wall added 15 points and 14 rebounds off the bench to help Kawhi Leonard make his return from an ACL injury.
In his second game for the Lakers, LeBron James scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out six assists. His teammate Anthony Davis had 25 points to go along with Lonnie Walker IV’s 26 points, leading all scorers. Even so, the Lakers shot just 35.1% from the field as a team, which didn’t allow them to win.
John Wall L.A. Debut As Clippers Outlast Lakers
In the past five years, Wall has dealt with his fair share of injuries, but he was a healthy scratch last season due to a conflict with the Houston Rockets regarding his role and possible buyout. It was only a matter of time before he signed with the Clippers this summer, as he had long wanted to leave Houston.
The strong performance of the benchmarked his debut on Thursday. During his 24 minutes on the court, he scored 15 points, grabbed four rebounds, and assisted three times. Despite his numbers, Wall looked a lot like his old self in terms of burst and athleticism, which is an encouraging sign for the Clippers. While he will never reach his peak speed again, he is still capable of getting past defenders and being a menace in transition.
🔥 John Wall flashed his trademark speed and pace in his @LAClippers debut!
15 PTS | 4 REB | 3 AST pic.twitter.com/mvUFYrGly5
— NBA (@NBA) October 21, 2022
As a whole, these early results suggest that both parties will benefit from this move. The Clippers gain another veteran and a true point guard who can lead the offense and relieve some pressure from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George by competing for a title, something still missing from his resume.