So many dunks. So little time. What to do? What to do? Have the Clippers put on a more aggressive dunkfest this season? Maybe not. Either way, after a blowout win in Philly, it seems like they’re getting back on the right track after a 4-4 road trip. Now onto Last Call:
Los Angeles Clippers
Recap | Box score
MVP: Chris Paul. Just in the first half, CP3 accounted for 27 of the Clippers’ 56 points with 12 points and 7 assists. And that’s not even counting the passes that led to free throws. He is the maestro of Los Angeles’ Lob-orchestra.
Defining moment: Blake Griffin & DeAndre Jordan tag-team smash. In the span of about 2 minutes midway through the third quarter, the Clippers’ young frontcourt detonated Wells Fargo Center. The lead was already 23 points, but after the trio of jams, it felt like 100.
That was… a buzzsaw: Shredding Philly early, the Clippers got into a groove and unleashed the pyrotechnics late as Los Angeles’ key players enjoyed a fourth quarter lead while resting comfortably on the bench.
– Andrew Han
Tweet of the Game
Grant Hill just did a 360 dunk in warm-ups. It was the 4th best dunk pregame by the #Clippers.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) February 12, 2013
The 2012-13 Sixers Season Film Adaptation will be called “Sixers Down Thirty”. (cc: @chuckcool215)
— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) February 12, 2013
Eric Bledsoe Per36 Stat o’ The Night
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Check Your Messages
It’s safe to say Blake Griffin has established himself as one of the league’s premier passers at the power forward position, and his performance tonight continued that trend. Along with his usual 20 points and 9 rebounds, Griffin had 5 assists, including another alley-oop to running mate DeAndre Jordan.
Over his past 15 games, Griffin has averaged 4.9 assists, which ranks first among power forwards and centers. He could stand to cut down his turnovers — he had four tonight — but they seem to come from him trying too hard to either dribble or pass (which is correctable), not a level of incompetence.
– Jovan Buha at ESPNLA
The Value of a Good Tip
During the second and third games of the Grammy trip, the ailing Clippers showed us what happens when you dress only one point guard: it gets tough to score when he sits. The only thing harder to watch than the Clippers’ 13-point second quarter output against the Raptors was the 10-point second quarter debacle against the Celtics. That ineptitude helped turn conceivably winnable games into a blow-out and a heartbreaker, respectively. How far they’d fallen from the days when the second unit was not only maintaining leads but also extending them.
If yesterday’s and tonight’s games are any indication, that winning team is back – even if two starters weren’t (and even if Paul, as he claims, is playing at only 80 percent). Tonight the Clippers outscored the 76ers 26-11 in the second quarter and never looked back. Call it the Chris Paul ripple effect, which makes for an in-tact bench (read: one with Eric Bledsoe at the helm) wreaking the same beautiful havoc we saw all December long.
– Patrick James
Oh My Goodness, Brian Sieman
Brian Sieman, the radio voice of the Clippers, is one of the best, a one-man shop who seamlessly combines play-by-play and color. And while I hate to miss a game on TV, the upside is getting to hear a sequence like this one that began with a monster Griffin slam in the 3rd quarter.
“Oh my goodness, Blake Griffin! You can run but you can’t hide, Spencer Hawes!”
[Blake steps to the line and misses his free throw]
“Oh my goodness, DeAndre Jordan! A tremendous follow-jam on the missed free throw. The best possession in the NBA this year. Maybe ever.”
[And a minute later.]
“Oh DeAndre Jordan, are you KIDDING me? As ferocious a follow up as you will ever see! This is like an exhibition right now, the Globetrotters against the Generals. Oh. My. Goodness.”
– Jordan Heimer
After a couple of ferocious dunks from both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, the Philadelphia crowd wanted more. It was a 30-point game. They didn’t care about their cherished Sixers anymore. It was a Globetrotter audience at an NBA game and it wanted a show.
So when Blake Griffin received a pass in the restricted area with no Clipper or 76er within five feet of him, the crowd held its collective breath. But Griffin didn’t dunk it, instead going the layup route, and he actually got booed.
Think about it. The Clips put on such a show in Philly that the away crowd booed for not punking its beloved team enough. Now that’s entertainment.
– Fred Katz
Small sample size theater
Eric Bledsoe 3-point shooting split for 2012-2013:
Above-the-break: 17-40 (42.5%)
From-the-corner: 7-12 (58.3%)
– Andrew Han
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