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Clippers Head Coach Ty Lue Indifferent to Criticism of Tanking

The Los Angeles Clippers were criticized for tanking their final two games of the season in an effort to avoid possibly facing the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs and their head coach could not “give a damn.”

Call it tanking, calling resting their star players, Ty Lue doesn’t pay attention to the outside noise.

“I don’t give a damn what anybody else thinks on the outside,” Lue said Tuesday. “We decided to go health over anything else. We finally got our team healthy, and that is what we focused on.”

The Clippers held the third seed in the Western Conference heading into the final week of the regular season, but subsequently dropped games to the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder – two teams in the running for the top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. The Clippers chose to hold Kawhi Leonard and Paul George out of both games.

“Whatever people say on the outside, I don’t care,” explained Lue. “I don’t read Twitter, have Twitter and Insta-twit, all that. I don’t care about all that. I am my own man and I do what I want to do, that’s how I live my life.”

And hey, if the optimal first round matchup for the Clippers happens to not be the Lakers, then criticize them all you want, but the move is smart. The NBA season is a marathon and the only thing that matters at the end of the day is winning it all and not so how you reach the pinnacle.

Don’t forget, the Clippers may still face the Lakers in these playoffs, let’s just sit tight and remain patient instead of making noise over nothing.

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