LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams thought the pass through the loop would trip him up in the Skills Challenge on Saturday at Staples Center. He figured he could dribble through the slalom course just fine and sinking the 3-pointer wouldn’t be a problem, but the passing portion of the contest worried him.
He was correct.
The Clippers guard’s pass was off the mark, Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets was on target and Murray went on to sink his 3-pointer before Williams could sink his. Williams’ stay in the contest was a short one – he was eliminated in the first round – but he said he still had fun.
“I got off to a slow start,” Williams said after Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets won the competition. “I should have got the ball through the loop the first time. I don’t pass much. I knew that was what I was going to struggle with. It doomed me tonight.”
Williams is the Clippers’ leading playmaker, averaging a career-best 5.3 assists to go with a team-leading 23.2 points. He would have preferred to have played on Sunday in the All-Star Game, but he was snubbed despite his lofty averages and status as the favorite to be named Sixth Man of the Year.
“I was able to mix and mingle with some fans,” he said. “It was fun. It was cool. I’d rather have been competing on Sunday. That was what I was putting my energy into. The skills competition was fun. Other than that, I would have taken the days off. It was fun. I had a good time.”