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Two questions. What do you make of Barnes tweet? Was he basically saying screw you to his teammates? What are you thoughts on that?
Also do you think Ibaka would have made a big difference in the 2nd half had he played?
he could have made the difference, sure, but give some credit for the Clippers picking up their D on the 2nd half, maybe it would have been a closer game, maybe OKC would have won but no one can know that.
The way adande presented the tweet made it sound worst than it actually was. I would read the actual tweet if you haven’t yet. It sounded, at least to me, sarcastic, playing around with his teammates, pissed he got ejected tweet not a screw you Blake Griffin and other teammates tweet.
Ibaka obviously would’ve made a big difference but I’m pretty sure it would not be the full 18 point swing the game had in the second half. Would’ve been a lot closer at the end in any case.
I think turning Austin Rivers into Avery Bradley is on the radar. I’ll repeat it so nobody freaks out:
I think it’s on the radar. The 2 are the same size but Rivers is slower.
How much do you think Reggie Bullock’s five minutes of playing time helped the Clippers into winning this game? He helped out on a DeAndre Jordan block and a Jamal Crawford steal in the 3rd to put the Clippers back into the lead. +12 in the difference column. Is he a much better option than the backup bigs, even if it means going anti-jumbaco?
By the way: can you tell DJ Foster that his “Hummingbird On Acid” remark of Corey Brewer from Monday’s game made the air on The Starters, specifically J.E. Skeets.
Wondering if you guys feel the role of enforcer (Matt Barnes) is necessary in the NBA today? Do you feel like that is an intangible that this Clipper team needs?
I like Barnes as a enforcer actually.
Ibaka passively-aggressively tried to slam Griffin to the ground. It was like a standing version of a roll through or re-throw in wrestling. That’s why Barnes checked his ass.
What do you guys think about Doc going to the small line up in the 3rd? I think it was CP, Collison, Jamal, Bullock and Hollins. They played with energy and great defensive pressure.
Mullens, Bullock and Barnes were rebouding well for the 2nd unit and rebounding was big today.
Collison is slowly looking better in the last couple of games, I’m not advocating for him but if at least he can score and help others score, his lack of D problem is compensated a bit.
Nice to see Doc pumping up Bullock by asking him to guard just the best offensive player in the league* Hopefully this can translate into more trust and minutes for him for the games to come.
*despite the big difference in both height and length, it’s basically a SG against a PF
First off great game, I had forgot collision had a baby, but what more can you ask of the starting bigs before we say ok either mullens needs to play like a big man or we make Jamison play 10mins a game?
The bench didn’t look as terrible defensively this game. Collison was pretty good (AFAICT). Crawford wasn’t a complete sieve, and Bullock and Hollins provided some useful minutes out there.
Which of these defensive performances is sustainable?
I liked how Doc is also trusting Blake with the opponents best player for some stretches to enforce the defensive energy in him.
It’s not like they are not doing a good job, but this, DJ as DPOY and Bullock guarding Durant is just Doc playing mind games to pump it up his players.
Did you guys notice that as teams are adapting to defend CP3, on times Doc has been using Crawford to bring the ball and sometimes, when he plays Collison and CP3, he is using CP3 off the ball and Collison as a PG.
I think it’s an interesting way to counter the CP3-trap strategy.
Do you think doc is allowing Blake to defend players like LeBron and kd to help his defensive awareness. Or is he just experimenting with Blake’s athleticism like he is with many other things on this team?
I think at the end of the day Doc realizes that the Clippers have no one beside Barnes who can defend those players. But Barnes really can’t guard Durant due to Durants huge wingspan and lets be honest Barnes can’t be expected to guard Lebron all game.
Griffin has the potential to defend them due to his superior athleticism and foot speed so if he can develop his defensive game it will be a huge longterm benefit.
Wow, you guys actually employ female!?!?
Hollins was pretty good today. What you think about his effort this game?
Hollins always puts in good effort, just an awful basketball iq(weird for someone as intelligent as him) and unskilled all around game makes him look bad all the time. Less bad decisions today.
Where is Jamison? I barely see him at the bench.
he’s busy getting the water and gatorade for the other guys.
Maybe we should have Bryon Mullens as enforcer. Cause you know, he’s big.
Big Bad BJ all day
Giannis anetokounmpo if he was not raw. he’s got the length and athletic ability. He could guard durant if he had the desire to defend him.
YES! GO ON FOR 6 HOURS, ANDREW! GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT! #hotsportstakes
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