Batum to be moved to starting line up

Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (33) dribbles against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 27, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Tyronn Lue has decided to shake up his starting lineup, with Nicolas Batum taking over from Robert Covington. Batum’s inclusion in the starting five will see Covington providing a boost off the bench.

Batum has been in excellent form this season, averaging 8.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game, while shooting at an impressive 42.4% from the field and 43.4% from beyond the arc. He has also been a key contributor on the defensive end, averaging 1.2 steals per game.

Covington, on the other hand, has struggled to find his rhythm this season, shooting at just 34.1% from the field and 32.6% from beyond the arc. Despite his struggles, he has remained an active and engaged defender, averaging 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.

Lue’s decision to start Batum is aimed at bringing stability and consistency to the starting lineup. With Covington providing a scoring punch off the bench, the Clippers will hope to maintain their position as one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

The Clippers are currently in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 38-19 record. With the playoffs looming, Lue’s lineup change could prove crucial in helping the team make a deep run.

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