What a hilariously scary photo.
Editor’s note: It’s the preseason and we’re not going whole-hog Last Call because, let’s be honest, the Kings are not going to be world-beaters this season. Also, did I mention it’s still the preseason? (Wait, it’s actually over now.) Still, we have some takeaways from the game, packed in a nice little doggy bag for you to nosh on the way home.
Los Angeles Clippers
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Tweet of the Game
Thank god they give you 10 in summer league. Wait… RT @DanWoikeSports: DeAndre Jordan has 4 fouls — there's 9 minutes left in the 2nd Q.
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) October 26, 2013
The Clippers waived forward Lou Amundson after the game. Clippers roster now at 14 players.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) October 26, 2013
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One of the Clippers’ only glaring deficiencies this preseason has been their lack of frontcourt depth. Behind Griffin and Jordan, there isn’t another big man capable of rebounding and defending at an above-average rate.
Part of the reason the Kings’ offense was so effective in the second and third quarters was because the Clippers’ backup bigs weren’t able to contain ball handlers in the pick-and-roll, step up and contest shots at the rim or effectively defend the Kings’ post players.
Overall, the Kings dominated points in the paint (48-26) and the rebounding battle (50-41) — especially on the offensive end (14-7 edge). The Clippers were outrebounded in six of their eight preseason games, which is a troubling sign for a team hoping to contend.
– Jovan Buha over at ESPN LA
And So It Begins…
The ClipperBlog staff decided to mail it in tonight, so this is it in terms of analysis.
The Clippers’ poor defensive effort in the second and third quarters ultimately cost them this game, and Doc Rivers, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin all admitted as much after the game.
To no surprise, the main buzzword tonight was “defense” — the Clippers want to get back to the defensive intensity and execution they eagerly displayed at the beginning of preseason. It’s funny how things come full circle. Defense has and always will define the Clippers’ 2013-14 season.
We know their offense will be efficient enough. Despite shooting just 39.2 percent tonight, they still managed to nail 13 3-pointers and score 100 points. Their defense, on the other hand, remains a mystery.
Their first regular season test? The rival Lakers on Oct. 29. With banner-related bad blood boiling between the two sides, the game should make for an interesting and intense opener.
See you Tuesday!
– Jovan Buha