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I don’t have a question. Bledsoe goes for 17 in the 4th and hits the game winner. I’m so pumped for his season.
He’s a beast… Sad he’s gone, but glad he’s moving on to bigger and better things.
Yeah, but the Clippers got Dudley. Bledsoe didn’t have a great stat line, but the guy is a winner.
Dudley is playing ok offensively but horrible on the other end. He is smart and play well the passing lanes, getting some deflection but aside for that, everybody just bypass him, he has no lateral quickness, he is picking silly fouls and he is almost always late closing in shooters.
I would really like to see Bullock getting some playing time, he may be the answer as a 3-and-D.
Barnes and Caron Butler are better. Would be great if Bullock can play.
DJ is a great believer of Dudley playing better D as players get used to the system. I think that it makes sense and Ray Allen, for instance, he is not a good defender but the system did make up for that so it may happen.
Problem though is that Dudley is way slower than I thought and there is a limit to what his IQ and the system can do for him. A bigger problem is that the SF position is loaded with top athletes and scorers. He is not a star so a lot of people don’t pay so much attention but during preseason, Richard Jefferson blew by him both games they played.
I had my doubts when they signed him but Dudley guys made me think that he wouldn’t be a problem but so far, it’s a bit worrysome but I hope that he becomes better as players get used to the system.
Hopefully Bullock gets some playing time at least to show his defensive skills so he can get more and more playing time. Him losing basically the whole preseason really hurted him.
Now that you’ve seen 3 games worth of DJ, has your opinions of him changed at all?
I think he improves a little every year. With him playing 30 minutes, he’s going to get stats. He’s a good center and should be starting. I think Mike Smith said it in the telecast last night, the Clippers need to box out instead of just jumping high to get the rebound. DeAndre gets a lot of offensive rebounds with his energy. I even think teams would double DeAndre more than BG on offense down low. It just bad that both DeAndre and BG can’t box out. It’s hard to compare 1 specific rebound, but last night cousins got an offense of rebound right between DeAndre and BG because both didn’t box out.
Yeah, that’s soemthing that I’ve been saying since the other season. If they don’t box out, they will lose everytime against guys like Z-bo, who can’t jump but can rebound. Love isn’t also an athletic guy but he know how to position himself. Clippers big need to do a better job but it’s nice to see them stepping up even without properly boxing out.
Griffin and Paul were brilliant today, and Jordan was great when he was on the floor (although foul trouble limited that). I’m beginning to think I was wrong in my predictions about Paul: he looks like he’ll dominate both scoring and assisting. Is this the third season Paul averages 20 & 10? Same with Griffin?
One big man the Clippers could get to shore up their defense is Jason Collins. The problem is no NBA team wants him because of his sexuality and the distractions that come with it, not just his decrease in basketball production. The real problem is the Clippers have given up 100 points three times in a row, and their backup big man lineup is very foul prone and anemic to defense. The Clippers are afraid of getting into a Penn State-like situation if they pick up Collins. Has the NBA turned into a Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell league? Can the Clippers survive the first half of the season by playing Suns ball? Is Collins their best and only fit for the Clippers? Furthermore, could this acquisition prevent a forced Crawford trade?
Can someone explain the “stretch 5 spreading the floor strategy” because it seems to me that it only makes sense when there is a slasher on the floor exploiting the defense, going at the rim at high speeds… great for someone like Eric Gordon or Eric Bledsoe. However, since most of the team’s tendencies are to fake a drive and take a step-back jumper, the only bruiser left for the stretch 5 strategy to work is Blake and he’s rarley fast enough to beat his man 1-on-1. There’s no point in having a 7ft center behind the 3pt line if the rest of the team is taking 15ft jumpers, rather try to bring in player like Reggie Evans to fetch rebounds.
I don’t know Mullens well enough to know if most of his game is behind the arc or if it’s a coaching decision, but from what I’ve seen so far I’d rather see Jamison at the first backup 5 ahead of Mullens. They’re both defensive liabilities but with Jamison it’s more consistent offense, higher IQ, and a higher chance of an offensive rebound playing closer to the rim. Jamison is also a believable 3-point shooter to draw out defenders if necessary.
Agree, Mullens can’t even hit the 3 anyway, well he was 1-3 today, which is much better than 0-4 last game.
With around 6 minutes to go, Mullens drives to the basket and gets blocked by 3 different people.
Tell me great things about Mullens.
Is there a way to get both Crawford and Collison decent minutes while not allowing them to play together for more then like 2 minutes? That combination paired with either back up big is brutal.
Blake was almost the Blake we envision. He played great, finally showed energy and hustle through out the whole game, he rebounded and passed like the Clippers expect him to. In the first hald he was aggressive to the basket and scored like we would like to. I guess that he may have gassed out. If he had participated more in the crunch time instead of just letting that to CP3 – again – this game would symbolize exactly what Clips Nation envision of him.
Again, I’m not complaining at all, he played great and his energy was a great sign compared to his preseason games and the first two games of the season – although he can’t keep up through out the rest of the season playing heavy minutes. Yeah, the 3rd BIG has been a BIG problem so far.
Hopefully Blake will show up more in crunch time next games, he has to. Clippers won’t survive the Playoffs if it’s only CP3 – although Doc will facilitate a lot for CP3 is compared to when it was VDN with no distraction and 2nd and 3rd options besides JUST CP3.
I’m not sure what it is you want Blake to do in crunch time when Paul is the one who decides what to do with the ball. Go and take it out of his hands?
Blake needs to start demanding the ball to take pressure off CP3. That’s why Westbrook and Durant can coexist in OKC because Westbrook wants the ball also. The problem would be to balance things out. When you have a dual threat in crunch time, it makes things easier for you and keeps the opponent guessing.
That’s a simplistic way of looking at it.
One because you can be a major part of crunch time without being the ball handler, you don’t have to take the ball. Second because Blake can ask for plays so he can be a big part of what they run in crunch time, he is also a playmaker, he dosn’t have to necessarily score but he can distract and make opponents double him, there are several ways to do it.
They can run plays in which Blake has a high % or some plays that are harder to defend. A lot of players that are there in crunch time are not the ones handling the ball and making all the decisions.
What I mean is, that final shot, that can be CP3’s shot, he is great at that. But I’m not talking about just that shot, Blake usually disappears from the scoreboard in the 4Q as a whole.
During the 4Q he can have several plays that run though him, when he is aggressive, just like he was in the 1Q, they automatically run some plays through him because players sense that he is trying to accomplish something.
That same fire and attack mode that he lacks in 4Q, it’s just a matter of being aggressive, just that. To have his presence felt by opponents so opponents have another guy to focus on, not just CP3. During Playoffs this CP3 solo act during 4Q won’t be enough for sure, that’s why everybody says that this team will go as long as Blake goes.
Even LBJ, if there weren’t Bosh and Wade there, he wouldn’t win it. People downplays Bosh, but if it wasn’t for him coming back, 2 seasons ago against the Celtics, the Heat would have lost and they wouldn’t win that title. If it wasn’t Wade playing big when LBJ had those disappearing acts they wouldn’t win it too. If it’s just one guy it’s too easy to defend, Grizz practically tripple teamed CP3 in some plays because they knew that he was the only one that would try something.
These first 3 games are showing that the 3rd BIG is really a BIG problem for the Clippers. Both Blake and DJ are playing heavy minutes and they won’t last at this pace – and it doens’t help that the bench is always outscored. How will they address that? Small ball every time they can? Do you expect Mulens or Hollins to step up?
I’ve been saying since preseason but now it’s even more concrete since he is showing game during the regular season, Faverani would have been PERFECT as the Clippers’ 3rd BIG.
He can shoot 3s and spread the floor, he brings toughness, energy and defense. Everything that the Clippers needed. Too bad.
2nd unit doesn’t have an identity, preseason injuries helped that in a bad way. Will the 2nd unit start to click? With Crawford as the single offensive player off the bench, the idea of trading him that some people talked about is an easy call. No.
What about Collison and those moments that he chooses to just shoot and
drive by himself regardless of everything around him? Matt Barnes was
getting frustrated at that.
Blake finally showed energy and played well but still didn’t show up for crunch time. The simple fact that he looked like Blake, for me is a good sign. Today he looked more comfortable but in the Playoffs, Clippers won’t be able to rely solely on CP3 hero ball like that. Will he show up for crunch, what do you guys expect?
PS: Although he only hit iron, at least Blake was back at shooting some jumpers without that weird and ugly hesitation
I like that
Rockets are like the Warriors but with decent bigs… Clippers are going to have a hard time
Yep Rockets are starting 2 centers that can rebound.
Warriors have decent bigs…
Thank you guys!!!
Maybe the Clippers can watch some film on that one final when the Lakers played against the Magic… When they have different guys fighting for the rebound against Dwight and try to beat him down the floor every time.
hollins and mullens had 9 fouls in 23 minutes.. they both stink.. sign jason collins
collins is even worse. he would only give you 1 point and 2 rpg. Cole Aldrich. Drew Gooden. Ike Diogu would contribute more.
i dont care about points, i just care about being able to defend, but aldrich could work.. maybe sam young, he played defense a bit
Doc said that he isn’t playing Jamison because he knows that he brings and that he will want him in the Playoffs, that’s why they signed him, so he is trying to see what can Hollins and Mullens bring, who will step up.
Hollins could be good if it wasn’t for those lapses when he is too fired up and overdo stuff and then it comes his silly fouls.
To be fair, Mullens was 34~35%3pt during preseason and that’s what Clippers want from him, give the guy some credit.
I missed the Bledsoe talk
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