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You guys should just do a podcast with no video. I like listening to you but your faces are killing all of us
The faces are fine. How else can I play the Andrew Han 1995-96 card game along with the panelists and get stumped just like Fred Katz? =)
Thanks for keeping up the good work guys!.
So far we’ve been a .500 team w/o CP3. Should we expect the same during this coming up road trip? I’d say above .500!.
Why hasn’t Blake been averaging double-digit rebounds this month?
I’m gonna say fatigue and allude back to my “fire v fundamentals” question a couple of CBL’s ago. IMO, Griffin expends a lot of energy in the post – possibly too much. Sure he gets points – he’s effective. But at what cost? How efficient is his scoring? I’m not talking PPP but more intangibly at his energy expenditure.
Analogically, sure you can drive a car with unbalanced and unaligned wheels. it just means more gas to drive faster or up a hill. Long term the tread is going to get worn out. I think he needs an off season with Hakeem.
What about fundamentals though? Does Blake know how to box out? If he does, is he aware of his need to box out? I would ask the same with DJ. Per 36 minutes, DJ would average more rebounds than Blake 10.2 for DJ vs. 9.4 for Blake (basketballreference.com)
Blake isn’t a ‘fundamentals’ player – some say he has the worst footwork in the league. His FT is also a work in progress. Blake’s strength is he plays by havoc not harmony.
He would absolutely know about boxing out, but there are a couple of factors which inhibit him imho 1) His wingspan which is proportionate but disadvantageous 2) his strength / penchant for transition offence.
Lastly, as we know, vertical leap doesn’t equate to rebounds.
I would argue that Blake’s footwork isn’t that bad. My issue with his post game is that he tends to jump off the wrong foot and get himself in trouble in the air when he bullies his way through in the paint. If he worked this off-season on refining his footwork and stopped jumping off the wrong foot (his hook shot also needs work), he would be better off. Plus he needs to work on his fundamentals too. He’s still relying too much on his athleticism. He has improved a ton in relying less on his athleticism, but mastering the fundamentals will help preserve his body (a la TIm Duncan).
I love Blake Griffins game – I’ve followed him since college into the NBA – but his post foot work is pretty bad. Sometimes it nastier than a New Year’s Eve game of Twister. I’m SURE it’s on his ‘to-do’ list and once he gets it he’ll be incredible.
imo, his timing is really good – you can’t jump that high without good timing. Ask DJ Foster, apparently alley-oops are easy >:D
I also think Blake doesn’t get recognised for his decision making. I think my opinion is changing on him… Maybe as he matures he’ll become more of a point forward rather than a one-man demolition team. Happy to be wrong either way!
These guys rebound fine among the 25 power forwards who play 25+ mins per game, Blake is 8th in rebound rate…ahead of guys like Ibaka, Garnett, Millsap, etc. DeAndre is fine as well, among the 33 centers who play 20+ mins per game, DeAndre is 11th in rebound rate…ahead of guys like Noah, Hibbert, Horford, etc. These numbers are fine as it is, but i haven’t even mentioned the fact that their rebound totals are slighty deflated because guys on the team like Barnes and Bledsoe rebound so incredibly well for their position. Odom too has an insane rebound rate, taking away potential rebounds from Blake. Move along people, nothing to see here.
And I don’t know what the guy is talking about with Blake expending too much energy. He is undersized so he has to utilize some unorthodox post moves and it can sometimes look awkward, but he scores efficiently and doesn’t tire out late in games so his is much ado about nothing.
Darn, this comment will lose some luster without Fred Katz on
tonight, but I’ll say it nonetheless.
Really Fred, “People who are saying Vinny should be fired
have to be the bandwagon fans right, like they can’t be the real fans who have
been Clippers fans their whole lives?”
That’s like me saying you can’t be a “real” Clippers blogger
because up until about a month ago, you didn’t even have a single piece of
Clippers paraphernalia. Guess you must be a bandwagon Clippers blogger. Don’t
mean to be pithy, but you upset a longtime fan.
Anyways, I think Andrew understands where this displeasure
for Vinny is coming from. I would say most people, including myself, just get frustrated
with Vinny and his inability to optimize his roster while managing a game. I’ll steal a notion from Olshey and say that
Vinny is playing checkers with chess pieces. He’s a reactionary coach rather
than a forward-thinking coach and that’s never going to change, regardless of
his 10,000+ hours spent on the sidelines.
Frustrations with Del Negro, I think, have legitimacy to them. There are clearly areas he does not excel at.
And not to speak for Fred (I’m going to speak for him though), while we can definitely empathize and share in the VDN frustrations, we’ve hit the point where changing head coaches mid-season would likely hurt the team more than help it. If you think about it, a realistic replacement would have to come internally.
I think Fred was asserting the point that the time to talk about Del Negro in the “fire/hire” capacity was this past offseason or the upcoming one.
Definitely. Look at the turmoil the Lakers are going through. Has firing a coach mid season ever worked out for the better? I’m sure it’s quite rare.
can’t wait for that vinny card!!
Sean, will blazers squeak into the 8th spot? if not, what are they looking to do/add in the offseason?
can we trade the portland guy for andrew han?
How dare you!! Ban him!!
I’m sure he has his own commitments to fill.
what is a “180” guy? i saw that on twitter today, but could not figure it out?
Freeland and Claver ?? will they last in the nba i have doubts in freeland
On/off net rating differential: Durant: 14.2 Paul: 4.3 LeBron: 13.9 for the value argument
Why does DJ get treated like a bench player even though he starts? DJ basically gets treated like Willie Green.
how likely the clippers land rudy gay
Jamal Crawford, Andre Miller, Marcus Camby, Steve Blake! They all played for the Clippers and Blazers!
Amend, the Rhino!
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