A few notes from the 97-92 loss to the Kings:
- The story of the first half was all about transition. It may be tough to stop some of the Kings ballhandlers like Evans and Casspi when they get their forward momentum hurling towards the rim, but there really isn’t an excuse for allowing a guy like Beno Udrih to go uncontested for a relatively easy two points. The Kings 14 first half fast break points sparked their 56 point half and put the Clippers in a big hole early. The Kings finished with 22 fast break points while the Clippers were only able to manage 6 points from their transition opportunities. If nothing else, tonight just further proved that saying you want to run and actually having the personnel and desire to do so are two completely different things.
- The Clippers usually aren’t going to shoot as poorly (37% from the field) as they did tonight. That being said, are the right players taking the right shots? After nearly two years of seeing Baron in a Clippers uniform, isn’t it safe to say that he should probably never lead the team in shot attempts? Baron’s 5 for 17 performance tonight coupled with 1 for 9 shooting from outside of 15 feet dooms the Clippers offensively. On the year Baron shoots 31% from outside of 15 feet, so it’s safe to say those 9 shots could have been better used elsewhere. To be fair, Baron is often stuck with the ball in his hands with the shot clock winding down. Still though, it’s not hard to assign some of the blame for that to Baron, as many times the shot clock is already down below the 14 second mark before the first pass is even made. Tonight Baron just seems to make the degree of difficulty on the offensive end much harder than what it needs to be against the Kings who are far from a stout defensive unit.