Well, thank goodness Deandre DeGiant DeSaster didn’t play a single minute more than the 17 he did play. If he’d even played another 30 seconds, the Clippers would have lost.
OK, here it is, by far the biggest game of the year. And what does DeAndre the Delusion do in his 17 minutes? 0 points!!!
Anything else he did? Yes, he got a paltry 3 rebounds and was pushed all over the floor by the Grizzlies,who got countless offensive rebounds away from him.
Anything else? There’s always something else with DeAndre the Delusion. He got 4 fouls, which ismore than his rebounds and points combined.
Is that all? Of course, not. He led the team in +/- with a team worst -8.
Thank goodness for Randy Foye.
Thank goodness for Bledsoe how does no one see how much of an impact he makes defensively(except for Charlie Widdows<my bad if I spelled your name wrong)
The Clippers with the lineup I mentioned last night CP3, Bledsoe,Young(foye in game 3),Griffin,Evans have given up less then 10 points in 17 minutes of play(4th quarters of game 1 and 3).And have rebounded the ball exceptionally(Evans ,Bledsoe specificly).
DJ has been the most consistent player so far. I can’t say the same for Mo Williams and Randy Foye. They take turns at getting hot.
Edit: DJ is more consistent than Foye and Williams outside of players not named Paul and Griffin.
I’m gonna go with DeMote on this one. Why are we paying this guy $10 mil for 17 scoreless minutes? He is getting totally abused by the Memphis bigs. Start Blake on Gasol and Evans on Randolph. Problem solved.
Exactly, I would love to see Evans on Randolph more
Impressive game. Much of it has been shaded by mayo’s last 2 shots, making it look like the clippers barely escaped.
The truth is clippers played amazing basketball the 4th quarter, much due to CP and Reggie. O boy, if only the other clips played with half of Reggie’s dedication…
The only possible negative outcome of this game, and game 1, is that the clippers may start thinking “its ok to not play defense for 3 quarters if a 4th quarters hustle gets us through”
No! If Clippers played defense throughout the game, the way they play 4 quarter, thered be blowout victories only. And wed have a chance going against san antonio.
MORE of this lineup ESPECIALY BLEDSOE,AND CP3(with those two on the perimeter they can’t even get the ball into the paint(game 1 fourth quarter,game 3 fourth quarter the only real minutes Bledsoe’s had on the floor in this series)
I really hope Vinny finally realized he’s on to something great with the lineup he finished the game with(game one 4th quarter)
CP3,Bledsoe,Young,Griffin, Kenyon(or Evans/DJ <depending on who's holding down the paint and cleaning the glass the best on that night)
I'm not saying for them to start but to at least be on the floor together a lot more then they have been.These 5 together held Memphis to 3 points in the 4th quarter of game 1; THREE POINTS(Evans actually played most of the 4th but still). These five guys can each defend several positions on the floor and are all good rebounders as well(I swear all our other guards never crash the boards).these two things are a must in the playoffs(Defense&rebounding).
On offense this lineup may not have a consistent jump shooter other then CP3 but they all take drives to the basket which in turn takes advantage of Memphis's defense which gambles constantly on the perimeter. This way our offense can just drive and kick or by drawing fouls and getting to the line(particularly Young,Bledsoe,and CP3).
On defense as you saw in game one Bledsoe and CP3 I would argue can defend the passing lanes just as well as Conley,and Allen do for Memphis,Blake with either Kenyon or DJ can all guard the 3,4,and 5 positions so if we get caught in a mismatch(which has been a problem all year for us)they can't exploit it as much.Young is a good isolation defender Gay may be a bit big for him but Young does allright.
The biggest benefit though is the obvious with a lineup like this which can rebound and defend it can lead to many fast breaks(most of our points Sunday in the 4th were on the fastbreak).Oh and not to mention that CP3 and Bledsoe didn't even allow Memphis to get the ball to Gasol who at this point should be our main concern (Griffin did a good job as well denying him the ball) . And even though Bledsoe is still prone to bad turnovers playing with Chris Paul makes that a non issue because he doesn't have to worry about setting up the offense every time down the floor.
Defense should be our main priority because with Blake and Especially CP3 on the floor you know they'll score.If Vinny can figure out his defensive matchups we can go along way this postseason
example: Evans on Gasol/Randolph,
Bledsoe on Mayo/Conley
Simmons or Kenyon to rough up Gay (who then gets passive)
Evans actually has finished both 4th quarters(games 1, and 3 my mistake but still kenyon gives you similar production at the 5 spot)
boy reggie saved our bacon…..
disappointed in both deandre and blake on the glass…
we got lucky blake didnt get that 2nd T
More disappointed in Blake. Four rebound at home? Not acceptable. Not from an All-Star.
DJ is DJ. I don’t want to start sounding like DeMote Andre, but DJ should be the back up center on this team. Finding a better starter or faux starter in a PF should be the priority for the summer outside of solidifying the 2-spot. Ironically, Speights would be a great fit with his outside shooting.
Agree the game wasn’t as close as the score indicated, but that’s Vinny’s fault. Bledsoe is not as solid a free throw shooter as the other guards. K-Mart or Blake should have inbounded. Foye, CP3, Mo and Young on the floor. Plus, Bledsoe has a fractured finger. Of course he’s not gonna hit his free throws consistently.
Still feel like we’ve been playing with fire in this series. If we can win Monday I’ll feel a tad more confident, but I don’t put it past the Grizz to win three in a row.
Blake is doing fine, he’s matched against one of the best power forwards in the game, in Z-Bo. Last year Tim Duncan had his hands full. Griffin is doing just fine, only his second year, and Blake is pretty much going toe to toe with a beast in Randolph. Blake is doing fine.
Z-Bo is a shell of himself and obviously not 100%. Even against some of the better bigs in the game, Blake has gotten more than 4 boards. 4 Boards for Blake is just unacceptable.
No complaints clipper nation, we got the win.the magic # is now 2. GO CLIPPERS!
I was reading a Memphis paper last night and neither of the posts gave Clippers a chance, they are convinced they are toying with the Clippers, Right now, they are blaming on Conley. Regarding our posters complaining about Jordan , that is no news, we know the guy is not going to perform accordingly. When the Clippers signed him, there was no KMart available, we need him no matter what. If the Clippers overpaid yes, they did, Memphis also overpaid for Rudy Gay this is part of business. Also, we have to give credti to Randy Foye in the last Gay’s shot. The main thing here is that the most of the fans (including us) did not know how good is CP3, So far they have not found anybody to stop him.
The Clips kept DJ because he’s Blake’s best friend. When do you think Blake’s gonna realize his buddy needs to go the bench?
Concerns moving forward:
Blake has no energy on defense, and doesn’t move well off the ball if he’s not in a screen/roll.
Vinnie needs to work on his inbound plays.
I think CP3 masks Vinnie’s inability to have his team run good sets, or make offensive adjustments. Isn’t that why Chicago let him go?
Just for fun: is this Kevin’s voice? http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-chris-pauls-son-imitates-blake-griffins-game-face-video-20120506,0,6811275.story?track=rss
Lionel Hollins, brilliant. You know? I said what I’ve been saying all along. What matters during the course of the game is really irrelevant. It all comes back down to the last 7 or 8 minutes and who can execute/close. The Clippers have a closer, and they don’t. Rudy Gay can make some shots here or there, but that guy can’t close, we saw that in Game 1 and Game 3. Clips4, 18 points scored by Gay is not lighting the Clippers up, and if you throw in a couple of consession baskets at the end to get to 24pts, it all adds up to, too little too late, score board! I’m still waiting for Rudy Gay to light the Clippers up, because you said the Clippers have no one who can stop him. I told you at the time, mixing defenders would be plenty enough to nullify him, and so far, Gay has proven himself, the non-elite player that we’ve come to expect. But Hollins is brilliant, because he knows, like I know, that losing the 1st quarter by 3, and winning the 2nd quarter by 5, doesn’t count as much as only being able to score 15pts in the 4th quarter, and losing the all important 4th quarter by 8. Its like the 3 point shooting contest, and the 4th quarter is the money ball. Hero ball, closer-ball, we got the closer, they don’t. Clippers in 5!
The Clippers have the best player in the series in CP3. However, the Grizz 1 through 6 are better than the Clips’ 2 through 7 players. That’s the difference. CP3 has been the difference. Blake needs to step his game up. Hollins > VDN as a coach. CP3 is making VDN look brilliant.
Gay also got 15 freethrow attempts. The Clips need to stop fouling him and put him on the line. Turnovers and sending the Grizz to line has been their problem. The Grizz shot 39 freethrows. That cannot keep happening if the Clippers hope to advance.
Discount those desperation 3′s, and the Grizzlies only come away with 9pts in the 4th quarter, my goodness. Keep sending Gay to the charity stripe. I’m ok with keeping Gay at less than 20pts a game, and if he’s scoring 6 points off contested 3′s with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game, I’ll live with that. Randy Foye got a hand up there on that last attempt, and that was enough to send the Grizzlies home with another loss. I can’t wait for the Clippers to come out, and actually start playing some hoops. When they got up by 13, its telling you, the Clippers can play with these clowns. The experience is wearing in, these guys have been through a lot this season, and we all knew Foye was coming to play the moment Caron suited up. Carons courage held everyone accountable, and had guys looking in the mirror. The Clippers are that team no one wants any part of, especially the Grizzlies right about now.
The Grizz were feared by every team in the West for a reason. They are well coached and have an identity. The Clips still don’t really have an identity. Sending the Grizz to the line continuously means the Clips are racking up fouls and most likely someone who is important to the team’s success may get into foul trouble. Freethrows are more important in the playoffs because every point is magnified. If the Clips shot their season average in freethrows, I would have been convinced the win was legit instead of feeling like we stole one.
Clips4, you can change the subject, but lets not forget. A few days ago when I said that winning a quarter by a few points here or there is inconsequential when compared to what happens in the 4th quarter, making the final 7 to 8 minutes all that really matters, you disagreed. But here Lionel Hollins is, sitting there on the podium echoing my thoughts almost verbatum, so question. Do you still disagree, because I look at Hollins, and equate his take as that of an expert, humm??? Don’t change the subject, address the fact that once again, you are wrong about something. You were wrong about. You defended Garland for saying that if Memphis scored a few more points they would have won game 1, and that applies for every game that was ever lost. Then you failed to observe that the Clippers have used a simple but effective method for defeating the Grizzlies, and even Hollins see’s it. In crunchtime, the Clippers are more effective, and the reason the Clippers are more effective is because, this is the way they’ve been playing hoops all season long. Chris Paul has been the closer, and more often than not, in the final 7 or 8 minutes this is what happens, CP closes, ball game! Clippers win!
“Tim, you’ve never made good points when people provide concrete evidence against you and you look like you’re always clowning yourself with your comebacks. Winston has a point. Every possession and point matters in the playoffs. If you look at game 1 between the Hawks and the Celtics when Bass got called for that foul that easily should have been a non-call or a jump ball where Rondo bumped referee Mark Davis, if something like that happened in this series and we get a couple of techs and fouls called more against us in game one, the points could have swung in favor of the Grizz. Game 1 was a fluke game. We basically stole the game. The Clips did not win game 1 as much as it was that the Grizz lost game 1. Get your perspectives right.”
So, then, what was Hollins saying after game 3???
Hollins was so eloquent in saying, “it didn’t matter what the score was at any point during any of the games, but that, what its all came down to in all the games thus far, has been that last 7 or 8 minutes and which team could execute”, which were my thoughts exactly.
That being the case, I’d say, the Clippers have imposed their will on this series, because the Grizzlies are powerless against the Clippers making the game boil down to the last 7 or 8 minutes, and in an 8 minute span, I like our defense, and our offense in those type of situations.
If we happen to move onto the next round, playing like crap for 3.5 quarters with the hope of making a comeback in the final 7 minutes of the 4th quarter will not cut it against championship-caliber teams like the Spurs, OKC, and the Lakers. Those teams are too mentally tough and experienced to have meltdowns like the Grizz have had. It’s better to develop or already have good habits now that can carry you further into the playoffs.
“Tim, you’ve never made good points when people provide concrete evidence ”
Ok, well, since I took the words right out of Hollins mouth, or vice-versa, and you still disputed me, lets address that first, instead of what might happen in the next round, because we aren’t discussing that yet. So, I’ve never made good points? Like I said, I will allow Hollins to count as more or less an expert opinion, unsolicited! I know you try to back others who disagree with me, but remember this, the Nuggets would have won last night if they had scored a few more points, just the Grizzlies in game 1 and 3. Now, if that doesn’t sound lamer than trading Bledsoe for Ebanks, then I don’t know what to tell you.
The Clippers have a formula that appears to be working vs the Grizzz. No one said this approach will work vs the Spurs. We’ll have to look at the match ups, and go from there once we make the next round.
Bottom line: Clippers need to keep the pedal to the metal! Get the win Monday!!! Bledsoe needs to play over Mo! Especially because the are not letting Mo get a shot off outside. Bledsoe can guard Conley and Paul can guard Poindexter and Mayo! Reggie And Kenyon should get major minutes also! DeAndre is struggling against a fundamental cerebral player like Gasol.
As I said before, Randy Foye is feeling his way into this series. I knew the home court would pay him dividends, and he made an impact. I look for much the same and even more in game 4. Blake and CP are inching closer to their normal production of 45 to 50, coming in with 41 pts. Quietly, the Clippers are imposing their will on this series. Most of our wins this season have been more or less, keeping the game within striking distance, and then sending the closer to the mound. I can’t remember how many games CP closed this year, but its the way we usually win games. Yeah, there was a concern during season with CP playing a gang of minutes, and not closing some games because of fatigue, and I told you all then, it will be a non-factor in the playoffs, because more rest in between games. Grits ( southern cuisine) and Grime (dirty south) is not going to get it done. NO closer. And Gay + Zbo- Battier, is less than Randolph + Battier – Gay, who knew? Lastly, I got one forever, hey, ummmm, guess what, the Grizzzlies would have won game 3, if they had scored a few more points, no??? Garland, you’re killing me man! Clips4, didn’t you say there’s truth to that? Come’on!
I feel like the Grizz win in game two was a legit win by the Grizz whereas the 2 wins by the Clips did not feel legit but the Grizz folding. It shows the resolve and resiliency of the Clips which is an important attribute in winning in the playoffs but it is not a recipe for success to be playing from behind all the time.
In Game 3, who was taking the desperation shots? We had the lead, so I’m a little cofused about the playing from behind part. Secondly, in Game 2, the score was 84-80 with plenty of time remaining. I think the Clippers even got within 2 a 1 point. That game was in the balance, either team could have won. The Clippers could easily be up 3-0 on this team. Look, the Clippers have to play to our strengths, we play well in the 4th quarter, we execute down the stretch, and we close! We have the best closer in the game, and against a team like this, you have to beat them playing to your strengths. We’ve done that 2 out of 3 times, and I’m thinking, Game 4, we simply blow them out, and then close them out in Game 5, series over. After we blow them out tomorrow night, they are no going to want to come back out west to Staples Center, they’ll be gone fishin’ before that.
Clips 4, I agree with most of what you’ve said except for game 3. That was a legit win even though statistically it should have gone to the Grizz. I’m hoping for better rebounding and less turnovers (please!) in game 4.
I’m liking that CP3, Bledsoe matching. Ok, so I’m still feeling like Foye is going to got off, and hit for 20 Monday night, and Mo will also get us double figures. I think Game 4, the Clippers are going to explode for 108 to 113 pts, and the win. In Game 5, if Foye shows any signs of being a no-show, ramp up the Bledsoe minutes to never before seen type minutes. Let that be the final adjustment, for which the Grizzlies have shown consistently that they can not deal with. If the Clippers win game 4, then I say, Game 5, unleash Bledsoe, and this will be the stray that breaks their back. The Clippers can and should win in 5.
Only Nick Flynt and Daniel Tosh can double wave and not have their manhood in question!!
There’s on more thing the DeFensive DeLusion did yesterday. He blocked a shot. People here always want to make a big thing out of DeAndre Jordan’s shotblocking and always point to it as an indication he plays great defense, so I thought I should mention it. Don’t want people here to think I’m shorting their guy they’re desperately trying to sell as something he’s not.
Oh, yeah, one thing about that block. It was an obvious goal tend. Fortunately, the refs let it go (home court advantage). If the block had been scored for the goal tend that it obviously was, the Clippers would have lost by one point instead of winning by one.
. . . The DeFensive DeLusion was almost an even bigger disaster.
The box score has officially changed from yesterday and it has modified DeAndre’s Jordan’s game. His minutes played have been officially upped from 17 to 18. His +/- has been officially downed from -8 to -9.
Turns out he was even worse yesterday than first thought.
Responding to . . .
“DJ has been the most consistent player so far”
Yes, that’s true, but most consistently bad is not a good thing.
He is having a tough series. No doubt, Gasol has no fear of him. Not sure how he does it but Reggie knows when Gasol shows the ball and has been stripping him. You can’t teach that, just instincts. Hate to say, but DJ has a limited basketball IQ. Maybe just experience, not sure, he’s got the athletisim.
“Hate to say, but DJ has a limited basketball IQ”
Unfortunately, his low IQ extends beyond basketball… check out the clippers NBA page with Madeline and the other girls doing interviews with the clips.
See how he answers to questions… I doubt its because he’s camera shy. No, he’s just not a bright kid. Sad…
DeMote may be a hater, nonetheless his hatred can easily be explained, understood, and well rooted in DJ’s consistently poor play.
IMHO, give DeAndre the summer, see who Clippers’ new head coach will be (I am confident even a deep playoff run will not save VDN’s ass), see how he uses DJ, and see the new pieces in the team’s roster. If DJ is just as bad, we should try to trade him at the spring deadline or off-season. But with his huge contract, it may be really tough.
Call me crazy, but tonight? I’d like to see the Clippers go back to something that was mildly successful earlier during the season. Open the game with DJ in the post. See if he can make a move on somebody. At least the 1st few possessions, maybe he can get Gasol, or Z-Bo to give up an early foul or two.
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