Aiming for a 7:05 p.m. PST start.
What’s going on with Blake’s post and footwork? This game sure showed that but it wasn’t just this game. This season, if he doesn’t receive deep in the post he has not been able to score as he used to. How many shot blocked he had? He has been predictable and even guys not known for their D have been able to hold him. What’s up with that?
Also, what’s up with Collison?? He was playing well during preseason and now there are times that he only runs things for himself. He has not been able to score and neither run the offense for the others. Sure, it’s only the fifth game but still, it raises some concern.
Here is my question for CBL:
Why are the Clippers so susceptible to trap games unlike other teams and contenders in the NBA? Every time they go up against a projected lottery team, they underestimate them from the get-go. Last season, Clippers took the Warriors lightly, lost three games to them, and single handedly turned the Dubs into a playoff contender. The Clippers aren’t the kind of team that want to dominate the way the Heat, Spurs and Thunder do on a daily basis. Is this one reason why the Clippers are a tier under the elite teams? Can Doc Rivers fix this?
What do you make of the Clippers offensive struggles tonight? It looked like they had some good looks in the first half they just bricked a lot of shots. DJ missed a couple easy ones, Redick clanked some jumpers.
I was also excited to see the defense look good, even if it was just for a short-lived stretch in the 3rd quarter. Hopefully the Clippers can eventually get that to be their defense consistently. Then there was Griffin… Nice game.
For me they were sloppy, missing a lot of easy basket, tons of lay ups! And that’s why you need Defense. This is for the Clippers to not get ahead of themselves thinking “why D if we can outshoot our opponents”, it’s a bad lesson. Maybe Doc got them thinking too much about the Playoffs, is a coincidence that against a team that they were supposed to win they weren’t focused?
Fred, you got my username pronunciation right.
I’m sad that Vucevic torched the Clippers, but glad to see a Trojan doing well at the next level.
This is a game that shows what happens when the offense isn’t flowing, Clipeprs were sloppy at the beginning and at the end. Missed tip shots, CP3 missed an open lay up, Blake settled dor jumpers even when he had an open lane…
I didn’t make so much of the Lakers loss but this one is a bad one,
Clippers were able to recover, the Magix had nothing going on and it
looked like that was it and then Clippers were not able to close the
Byron Mullens or Brian Cook?
Yah… we miss Bledsoe, I was watching an old playoff game with the Grizzlies… When Bledsoe started to cut into passing lane, it was really contagious.. Barnes was in it, Odom was fired up…
Do you think we should sign Odom… If he was able to come back?
Prediction: next game, Chris Paul has one of those angry game after a bad loss.
Prediction: Collison will have another awful game!
Could Collison’s decline force the Clipper’s hand into trading him and/or signing another point guard? What if they go back to the drawing board in getting Gilbert Arenas?
With his value as of now Clippers can’t get anything. I think that the bigs are more worrysome that Collison and I don’t think that relying on Arenas would be a good think, even more with possible locker room problems.
Not from what I’m hearing. Word is the Clippers might be considering a farm trade for some superstar help. Doc Rivers did this once already when he traded eight players to get Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. We might see it happening again.
Clippers don’t need another super star, they need good role players, actually good defenders. The starters are fine, although Dudley is way slower than I anticipated. At the time, it was much more Ainge than Doc, he didn’t have so much power like he does with the Clippers and the Clippers don’t have neither quality nor quantity for trades.
Before doing anything about the backcourt off the bench, I wanted to see if Bullock can be of some help. Clippers do need a tough, defensive big though. If Hollins was a bit smarter and didn’t had a fetish for silly fouls, it would help a lot as well.
Clippers should concern but not panic yet but if as season progress the bench continue to lose leads and play clueless, they will have to address that more properly. They still have one spot on the roster, the Bledsoe trade exception and the trade deadline.
But ultimately anybody that could play the same role as Dudley are not really available or tradable for what Clippers have to offer. What do you have in mind?
Trade: Blake Griffin for Kevin Love
Condition: Griffin regresses statistically
Why: Love is a better rebounder and shooter. But I’m being told he’s not good with double teams and hockey assists.
Trade: Blake Griffin for Kevin Durant
Condition: Griffin regresses statistically
Why: Durant’s 50-40-90 line. He was in the Finals, Love was not.
Free Agency: Carmelo Anthony
Condition: Griffin improves
Why: Melo becomes the instant second option. Griffin is much better comfortable as a third scoring option, making him a much better defender and free throw shooter.
Trade: Jamal Crawford, parts for Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett
Condition: NBA gag order in effect, must wait until 2014-15 season
Why: See above for Melo. Garnett is the only one who can give them true defense. Puts DeAndre as a backup big man (due to starting lineup complications, unless Griffin can play small forward better).
Trade: Jamal Crawford, parts for Tim Duncan
Why: Duncan is a nice, competitive sport. The secret is Gregg Popovich. Griffin can learn from Duncan. Seriously – they’re a good teacher-student tandem. There are similarities between the two.
Ok, but all of that is just one-sided and unrealistic.
Spurs would never trade Duncan, neither OKC is going to trade Durant. Melo via FA is impossible, there is no way Clippers can clear everything just go afford Melo and most of all, that doesn’t make ANY sense. You are finally implementing a system and suddendly you are going to blow that out? How do you indend to use Crawford to get Melo AND KG? Melo would NEVER be a second option in an offense, why would you get Melo so he is your 2nd option?
Sorry but none of that make any sense in the real world.
In the Anthony-Garnett proposal, the pieces would be only to acquire Garnett. Carmelo is still a free agent in this case.
Arenas. LOL. That guy is so washed up. Please come up with something better than that. It’s not 2005.
I’m not making this up. Remember that Arenas teased the NBA in August about returning to Staples Center. He had an Instagram post that once said “Clippers Arena, here come Arenas.” It even helps that he is tight with Chris Paul and Matt Barnes, and has played with Antawn Jamison before as a Wizard.
Blake’s shot chart:
it’s something to pay attention but so far the sample size seems too small.
Doc needs a few more games before he can start changing things. Miss Bledsoe
It would be funny if people overreacted to Blake hitting those jumpers today just like they do when he doesn’t play well
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