Famed Fox Sports pundit Skip Bayless said after the Clippers beat Denver on Christmas Day (121: 108) that the Los Angeles side was stronger than last season and outperforming reigning Lakers champions.

The Clippers easily brought Denver to a win, even without Kawai for the last six minutes.

These Clippers are different from last year’s. They have a higher IQ. They are more resilient psychologically. Serge Ibaka is better than Montrez Harrell. Paul George is no longer in the bubble.

Happy New Year. The Clippers are so much better than the Lakers, Bayless tweeted.

John Collins rejects Hawkes’ 4-year contract extension and $ 90 million

Atlanta forward John Collins (23 years, 206 cm) has turned down the club’s offer to extend the contract for 4 years and $ 90 million, according to ESPN insider Brian Windhorst. The player expected to get the maximum, or close to the maximum, agreement.

The Hawks and Collins have not agreed on a contract extension before the deadline, and the forward will become a restricted free agent next offseason.

The Hawks numbered Collins 19th in the 2017 Draft. Last season, the power forward averaged 21.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.

Luka Doncic: “There must be character and attitude. You can’t play a shield like that “

Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic named the key reason for the defeat in the match with the Lakers “(115: 138).

“It’s all about character and mood. It is necessary to demonstrate these qualities. When the opponent picks them up so confidently, you just need to move them away from the shield, win the fight, no matter what, ”Doncic said.

The Lakers won the shield 53-27.

Yannis Adetokumbo: “Milwaukee is good this season. We have become better “

Bucks forward Giannis Adetokumbo said after the Warriors defeat (138: 99) that he loved the offseason changes.

“Milwaukee is good this season. We have become better.

We’ve added great guys to the team. They do everything right on the court. At some point there will be teamwork, we will be good. It will be interesting to watch this, ”said the Greek.