Who needs cheering up? Okay, everyone, great. DeAndre’s Chicken Song it is:
Keys to the Game:
– Blake Griffin. I know this sounds like a no brainer, but Blake hasn’t had his normal efficiency in the last few games. In the first matchup against the Bucks though, he scored 32 points on 13 for 20 shooting on dunks, pick and rolls, solid shooting and perfect performance from the free throw line. The Clippers need to keep Blake moving, because Ilyasova doesn’t have the strength and Bogut doesn’t have the speed.
– Interior defense. The last few games the Clippers have been lit up inside by the likes o J.J. Hickson and Ed Davis. It’s not just Blake’s fault, just DeAndre’s fault, just Cookie’s fault or just Vinny’s fault, it’s everyone’s fault and they need to do a better job against opponents’ bigs. Bogut is a very talented center, he shot 6 for 9 in the last game. Ersan Ilyasova shot 7 for 8 and Luc Mbah a Moute shot 5 for 5. The Clippers were lucky that the Bucks shot so much from the outside, otherwise they might have won. On top of that, the Clippers will have to worry about the sneaky quick Brandon Jennings slicing through the lane.
– Ball movement. The Clippers offense had very little passing over the weekend, each player thinking that they could always score on their own. Not the case, and it made fore more work. The Clippers are at their best when they are passing the ball, out of pick and rolls, when Blake is sniping passes from the high post, when Gomes and Foye are swinging it around the arc. This team needs movement, especially against a sound defensive team like the Bucks.
Chris Kaman: left ankle, out
Craig Smith: herniated disc, out
Eric Gordon: wrist/back, day to day
Corey Maggette: lower back, day to day
Drew Gooden: left foot plantar fasciitis, out
Larry Sanders: back spasms, day to day
Michael Redd: left knee, out