A quick glance at the play-by-play reveals that the Clippers didn’t convert a single bucket from the field after Al Thornton’s layup at the 7:18 mark of the fourth quarter.
Impressions of the final moments:
- Breakdown of the last 6:33, after Eric Gordon hits a free throw to push the lead to 8, Clippers 102 – Pacers 94. 4 turnovers, 2 offensive fouls, and only 1 shot attempt each for Zach Randolph and Eric Gordon. Clippers get outscored 12-3 in the final 6:33, and that’s your ballgame. This sort of thing happens all the time to young teams that are not used to protecting a lead in the final few minutes. You just can’t afford to go on that big of a scoring drought to end a game. The Clippers let multiple chances slip away, and you have to wonder if Baron Davis could have been the guy to seal the deal with one of his trademark daggers. The Clippers signed Baron for exactly this reason, to put games away for them in crunch time. But perhaps representative of his season thus far, his whereabouts are unknown. Mike Taylor shows why it’s very hard for a rookie point guard to have success in the league tonight, pretty much self-destructing down the stretch. These are the types of games that feed in to the theory that when this team finally gets healthy, they can compete in the West. –DJ
- I’m a bit of a Dunleavy defender, but I think this loss is on him. I don’t mind giving up the half-time lead, since the Pacers clearly weren’t going away. They played well and made a game of it. Still, in the last couple of minutes, when we absolutely NEEDED a basket, I thought they should have gone to Zach in the post. But instead, the last three or four possessions were just ugly. You could tell guys were afraid. They were playing not to lose instead of playing to win. I would have let Gordon take the final shot, but I think they should of gone to Zach down low in any of the three possessions before that. –Cappy
- Tonight our youth and inexperience definitely showed down the stretch. Guys bricked too many FTs, fumbled it a couple of times, missed a wide open dunk, got a really bad call at the worst possible time, shot a 3 with the lead instead of taking it inside for a safe(r) 2, and didn’t get the breaks they needed to put it away. The whole team got too timid and was too worried about not losing (the lead). That’s when you normally choke. And we did just that.Baron hasn’t been very clutch for us so I don’t think he was missed. For one, he continually sucks the energy out of this team when he is out there, and our energy got us that nice lead in the first half. Also, with Baron on the court Gordon gets fewer shots — and he was the hot hand for us tonight. We would’ve likely lost this game way more decisively with Baron. –Stian