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How much do you think Caron’s not being there effect the game?
Trade scenarios for dj. Feel free to include Bledsoe to entice the right C/SF/backup PG players.
Seemed like Mark Jackson came to coach tonight. Making subs whenever possible and changing defenses. So what did our coach do to counter? Anyone?
Any glaring coaching mishaps you guys seen tonight? We are going to get killed against Golden State at the two with Green or Billups? What do you guys think is the optimal lineup to match Golden State’s starters?
Billups won’t be a huge upgrade over green in defense but their is no way Billups will miss as many open looks as green has been. The one thing about Green’s offense that has been decent this season is he hasn’t taken that many bad shots, in fact, most shots he takes are when he is wide open. That being said, he still misses a majority of them. Teams don’t need to guard green so they can focus on other players which ends up really really hurting our offense.
Billups might not be an ace defender at his age coming off an injury but he will be able to pull his own and hit wide open shots…
So tonight plenty of folks on Twitter–from random fans to big time analysts–are using this game as fodder for “Blake Griffin isn’t as good as the hype” comments, which are fairly silly given how tremendously his all-around game has improved this year. That said, these last three games he’s looked (at times) lethargic and been generally, well, not good. I don’t think it’s time to panic, but to quote Kent Brockman: “Professor, without knowing without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it’s time for our viewers to crack each other’s heads open and feast on the goo inside?”
Blake Griffin might be the most important player of the team… If he’s close to Faried’s energy, I really don’t think any but two teams (Okc-Heat) can beat the Clippers…
I think CP3 is the most important player. CP3 makes Griffins job much easier.
which team is the favorite come Friday? Why did the clips lost all the confidence and momentum they had?
Fatigue. They were bound to come down from cloud 9 sooner or later.
Golden State only has to play us this week so they are focused in on these games. They had 3 days rest before this game and will have 2 days rest before playing us next game. We on the other hand played them on the second day of a back to back and will again on Saturday.
Lakers CAN’T be the favorite no matter what….
I’d like that too but Staples is a faker’s crowd and if the Clips shoot under 40% then i believe almost any team can beat us. Well not really.
Why has Blake been so lethargic these last 2/3 games? He’s being manhandled by the opposition, getting in foul trouble, his shot isn’t falling, there’s no conviction when he tries to attack the basket… what’s wrong with him?
And when will the Clippers learn how to defend the 3 point line?
Sounds like an injury, looks like an injury, feels like an injury, probably an injury. He’s been wincing with his right elbow for the last few games. That’s where my money is.
Also they’ve shown him taping his fingers the last few games. Like every time he rests.
what happened to tying a common thread to the cards presented on the game?
Andrew is rigging the game, clearly.
DJ just can’t take it that he lost to a rookie.
Tonight’s common theme was putting up easy ones so they had a chance to answer it. One of DJ’s favorite players was Garnett and he almost couldn’t the trigger.
I think VDN lost the game in the 1st. The Clippers were trying to play at GS’s pace, foolishly pushing the ball up, making horrible passes, and jacking up 3s. VDN and CP3 should have slowed the game to a crawl with an inside out game. GS was blazing hot not missing anything. It’s not a good idea to speed up the game and give more shots. Blake also got GS’s starting center into major foul trouble.
It’s hard to slow the game down when your half-court sets consist of ONLY 5 plays. VDN said last year that every team essentially uses 80% of the same sets on offense. If that is the case, we’re in trouble in the playoffs because our half-court offense can easily be stopped.
Running around like chickens with their heads cut off is better than
running the 5 plays that you say can easily be stopped, but are actually
very effective? I don’t even think there are 5 plays. Pick and roll,
pick and pop, drive and dish, dump to Griffin. I guess you can add dump
Against most teams, and the 5 plays run are effective because we are beating them with our transition game and talent. I against better talent and better coaches if our transition game is stopped our offense and talent is not enough
You do realize that makes absolutely no sense, right? The plays are not effective because of transition. They are effective because they are effective and the talent of the players is high. Transition has nothing to do with running a set play and having it amount to 2 or 3 points.
My argument is that because the team is running opponents out of the gym with their defense and transition game, LAC has had to rely less on a half-court game. LAC for the most part has imposed their own will on opponents of through their defense and transition game. My argument is what happens when opposing teams cut off our transition game? When than happens, the the game slows down and a reliable half-court game is needed as a plan B to fall back on. I has anyone noticed that LAC relies more in transition buckets than on half-court sets? Transition is the easiest way to score. When the game slows down, LAC has to work so hard to get easy buckets. That is the by – product of a iso -heavy offense and simple sets like the pick and roll. There is an awful lot of ball watching on the weak side on pick and roll out sets. On iso sets,Barnes is the only one who is great on this team at moving without the ball and knows where to cut to. I said last season that once the initial action on the pick and roll is cut off, and there is usually no secondary and tertiary option to rely on the and the offense dies after the initial action.
In other words, VDN should’ve slowed the game down and have multiple option plays to adapt to defenses. In other words, VDN failed in the first quarter and lost the game. Even without a deeper offense, Vinny should’ve slowed the game down. You don’t give a hot team more shots. They were also in foul trouble. That’s when you get weak defense and easy buckets at the rim. Pick and roll and ISO is perfect against a team in foul trouble.
It’s not that. VDN knows the game slows down in the playoffs. My point is that the Clips lack a well-developed backup plan. Their simple half-court offense is not well-developed. The Clips are unique in that they rely on their transition game stemmed from their scrappy defense to generate steals. They also get out on the break off opponents’ misses and will push the tempo every possession. Most other teams rely on a calculated half-court offense and will selectively run when they get the chance. My argument is that what happens when your transition game gets stopped and you just don’t have it in terms of making open jump shots? You do not live by jumpers but you die by them. Blake’s footwork in the post is awkward and needs a ton of work because he’s just trying to bully his way in and he gets caught in the air making a lot of bad shots at times because he hesitates instead of letting his game come to him. This team is perfectly built to run Jerry Sloan’s flex offense sets. Having a well-developed half-court offense is what will make the clippers unstoppable because the will get easy baskets every possession regardless whether the game slows down or speeds up. Because the Clippers’ half-court offense is so simple, NBA teams are smart enough to figure it out and defend hard and when you have that taken from you, you need other ways to generate easy buckets.
VDN’s plan A is their scrappy defense causing turnovers that lead to transition baskets and for the tempo to be pushed every time.
VDN’s plan B is to let CP3 decide which 5 plays in the half-court they want to run when their transition game is stopped.
Is this a sustainable way to take us to the championship, that remains to be seen. It is a legitimate concern though.
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I cant live in a world where Willy Green starts in an NBA gm.
cp3 struggles against warriors his defense is terrible against them also waiting till 4th quarter 2 start shooting is not good and not smart basketball needs 2 show better leadership
No excuse for 2 bad effort games in a row. Everyone is playing career low minutes!
Before DJ fell all over himself with the Jerry Maguire quote, I was GOING to suggest a Movie Quotes game. Thought DJ could win that…but maybe not.
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