Okay, let’s get the party started. Can we hope for a single digit loss? Is that asking entirely too much… Will Marcus start tonight and will Kaman just try and dunk it? Can someone box out in the fourth. Can we prevent the huge scoring droughts? Alot of questions to be answered so stay tuned.
mmmm i love me a good casa bianca pizza pie in eagle rock. GO CLIPS!
Is he really this fucking stupid? Seriously? Stop with the fucking scrubs to start the 2nd quarter. You damn moron.
Whew! clips keepin it close at the half
nice layup by thorton to end the 1st half.
why do people keep baggin on TT. Personally I like the new TT.
he’s getting physical more in the paint, not settling for jump shots.
Although, i dont like R. Davis. No D, I think all is offensive talent went away after he cut his hair. Kinda like Sampson from the bible.
Brian Skinner, you disgust me.
did anyone else see that missed wide-open dunk?
its nice not seeing mobley not having 15 fga for a change
How does one team shoot over 25 more free throws than another?
Classic Dunleavy game. Mr. 4th Quarter
The refs gave it to the lakers
Can someone who viewed the game please explain to me how one side can go on a 22-0 run when the game is up for grabs.
Didn’t see the game, I just heard we didn’t finish and the fouls were too many to overcome. Sac won, we are officially the worst team in the NBA
It gets harder and harder each game so far this season to watch. I cannot bear to watch these 8 minute long scoring droughts every game. Even worse than the scoring droughts is watching the miserable play by Chirs Kaman. He is so awful. He had one decent season and now the scouting report is out on him and he sucks. The guy is 7 FEET TALL!! He could be so good but he thinks too much and he doesn’t have that natural raw talent that Bynum or Boozer has. I’d rather have Paul Davis start than Kaman.
Kaman needs to go and here are the reasons why:
1. He is the most uncoordinated Clipper.
2. He is not a go to guy if the clippers need a score.
3. He catches the ball under the hoop and tries to bounce the ball for rhythm then the defenders collapse on him and strip the ball-instead of just dunking it
4. He never wins the tip off
5. He never dunks the ball
6. We have two centers and Camby is a way better shot blocker
we need to trade him for a go to guy like we had in elton brand
This team is the worst in the NBA simply because of this losing combination: Dumb players and a terrible coach. Can’t a coach tell his troops to take it to the hole strong? Or is he doing just that, and the idiots on the floor aren’t listening to him (in their defense, I’d probably tune out Dunce, too). As Mike Smith pointed out, there’s a reason why they’re not getting to the line. I would make Mike Smith the GM RIGHT NOW and hire Paul Westhead out of mothballs to coach this team if I were DTS. Try something new and get Dunce and his atrocious wannabe Craig Sager wardrobe off the sidelines!
ANDY ROESER BRING IN A NEW COACH. YOU CAN KEEP MDL AS GM AND LET SOMEONE COACH THE TEAM WHO CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE PLAYERS. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVAGE THE TEAM.
Kevin – I really suggest you do some research behind these posters and take a look at the IP log. Something tells me it’s the same person posting to himself in affirmation. It’s getting really hard to read and driving some readership away.
Notes on the game. Kaman played a fairly decent game, especially in the first half. To say you want Paul Davis to start is absurd. PD looked like a sloth out there and I would have rather MDsr play DeAndre Jordan in those minutes. Brian Skinner’s unathletic missed dunk frustrated me as well.
We actually had two scoring droughts, one was in the second quarter but our defense kept us in the game.
MDsr needs to be more proactive in his coaching.
It might be a hard read because this team is hard to watch, dude. I doubt anyone is ‘affirming’ themselves… the fact is that this is a bad team and a lot of it is the direct result of our coach/GM. It’s a no-brainer that A LOT of “true” Clipper fans want Dunleavy’s head on a platter.
I think there is an IP check, or there used to be. I’ll agree with the rest of your post though.
IP Check complete – no self-affirmation conspiracy that I can see.
I only started watching the game near the end of the 3rd quarter where we were still in the game. During that fourth quarter drought, I don’t think I remember anyone driving into the lane (it was almost felt like half the shots were beyond the 3pt line). As the announcers said, the clippers made themselves a jump shooting team. On top of that, there was the lack of defense, missed pick and rolls assignments, and bad passes which the lakers turned into points.
During that run that ended the game it was frustrating bc all i could think “wasn’t this the reason we got Baron Davis” – to be the general on the floor who has the ability to take control before a game gets outta hand. In the end he just started launching a bunch of 25 footers -very disappointing. I appreciated thorton’s effort and thought several of those misses late should have been trips to the line. If camby could have stayed out of foul trouble i somehow think the end of the game could have looked a little different. It was encouraging the see how every time he blocked a shoot it seemed like every other clipper instantly became two steps quicker.
“TrueClips” – while the suggestions might not be to your liking, it’s not unreasonable for Clipper fans to be disappointed in what they’ve seen so far and express themselves on fine blogs such as this. It must be nice to be superior to everyone else like you apparently think you are. Why not offer some constructive criticism since you’re so smart: “MDSr needs to be more proactive” doesn’t really tell us much. True Clipper fans don’t rip on each other – they engage in constructive discourse with each other. Your comments belong on the Laker board.
Kevin – as always I appreciate your knowledgeable posts. However, I do think it might be helpful to dissect the 22-0 run because I suspect that is the roadmap for beating the Clippers this year that all teams will try. Granted, the Clippers haven’t played together much and they will react to the defenses, but it is disturbing to note that they have such serious problems with what appears to have been a simple zone defense. TT and RD are simply not clutch players, confirmed by their ridiculous to’s.
However, the Clippers need shooters in the game to break the zone. Outside of Thornton, Novak (no defense) and EG (rookie), who do they really have? RD? Doesn’t seem to be a very good shooter this year. And the plays they run are not crisp and they appeared to be lost out there when it matters. Why is that?
In addition, it would be nice to have a PF who could shoot 20 footers consistently. Neither Kaman nor Camby can alleviate the pressure in that way. Yes they are good defensively, but if neither can shoot from distance, this would seem to cancel out the defense, particularly against zones. I recognize that Camby was the best they could get, but if I were them I’d consider trading one of the two for a up and coming PF if one becomes available.
It would also be nice to have a slashing SG/SF who can consistently get to the line at crunchtime and break down zones. I guess our esteemed GM doesn’t see much value in those types of players.
Finally, it will be interesting to see how BD adjusts to the personnel of this team. He will be the glue that holds the team together, if that is going to happen. When it mattered, he seemed as lost out there as everyone else. Hopefully that will change, but it will require not only his effort, but a smart coaching staff.
Jax – I think it’s fairly understood that Dunleavy doesn’t do much to break up a run. He needs to be proactive as in, if your current personnel is not working, call a time out and make an adjustment. He’s always late on his adjustments.
I assume Al Thornton was intended to be that slasher who gets to the line. I have an inclination that he was frustrated about not getting calls which is why he settled for the jump shot down the stretch.
The officiating in this game really needs to be looked at.
The officiating? What do you expect when they keep lobbing up jump shots.
Personally I think the play calling and coaching are at least as much at fault here as personnel. Players aren’t widgets.
What’s fairly understood IMO is that MDSr is not proactive in terms of trying to force the other team to react to us. He’s always reacting to what other teams do.
Yet to read Kevins dissection of the 22-0 run (in the next post), but no one since my post has really come up with why this rout happened other than blame MD. Surely the players are just as if not more responsible for this blow out.
Sure, the players have some fault in this, too. A lot of it is missing shots… which you can blame on Dunce’s pitiful offense historically not providing easy shots. Other things to blame are silly turnovers, lack of hustle/desire (Kaman not coming up with that loose ball above the 3-pt line was inexcusable), and pooping out at the end for not being in shape. Yes, much of this can be attributed to individual players, but, in the end, these are all by-products of coaching, good or bad.
I don’t look at this team and say, ‘Wow, what a sad bunch of crap.” As a Clipper fan for 20+ years, I’ve seen those types of teams and this isn’t one of them. This team has young talent, solid veterans, athleticism and good-looking players to plug in at every position. So why can’t they be competitive? It’s not even a matter of why they can’t win, but WHY HAVE THEY LOST EVERY GAME BY DOUBLE DIGITS this season? I’m sorry, I’m usually not one to put too much on the coach (I thought the Dodgers firing Grady Little after 07 was foolish), but the state of this Clips team is clearly tied to the coach.
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