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What are your thoughts about Barkley criticizing Blake by saying he has no jumper and then Blake hitting jumper after jumper and then saying that Blake should not fall in love with his jumper?
Brad Turner of the LA Times and Dan Woike tweeted during the game that Blake was giving Chuck glares and yelling at him after each jumper he made.
You notice that he didn’t say much during that stretch? He just came with another criticism saying he can’t fall in love with it. Honestly Chuck was complimentary to Blake in the game. Mentioned good moves, how he should have got fouls (refs really were one sided. it was sickening). Really I had nothing against anything he said. What he said makes sense and as much as people hate to admit, he is right.
The worse part about that stretch was that OKC kept getting layup after layup. The defense was non existent and it negated everything Blake did. Jamal let Fisher drive right past him. DJ did not contest those layups by Collison. I mean did not put a hand up! So to me, we should be more worried about the teams inconsistency. Yes its early but the wholes seem more blaring this year than last.
Blake did not solely rely on his jumpers though. Steve Kerr talked about how Blake’s jumper has been more consistent when he catches and shoots instead of hesitating. Blake was not hesitating with each jumper and had a rhythm. Chuck had to go fishing to find a negative comment on Blake. During the third quarter, Chuck was silent with each jumper Blake made. The reffing was bad and it showed in the body language. The defensive effort was bad too as usual by the bench. It’s so frustrating to see the starters play evenly for the most part with OKC and then when the bench comes in, they get destroyed by the other bench.
No he didn’t. He was showing the arsenal and I was loving it. I just wished they were more intense on D because that should have been the time they got close or took a lead. I loved Steve Kerr especially when he said it’s time Blake got recognized for his improvements that everybody is screaming for. Of course CHuck stayed silent.
But Chuch was right when he called the no-love for jumpers. Blake just had a basket posting up Durant, the next play instead of doing it again, he decided to shoot. That’s indeed a bad shot. Look at Durant’s frame!!! He can’t possibly hold Blake and he should go right at it instead of backing up and shooting a jumper.
Some things I noted in this game:
1. The Clippers have a problem with wing depth at the moment. Injuries to Dudley (nasty bone bruise) and Barnes (retina tear) have thrust Bullock into a pretty serious role that he’s just not quite ready for. This could be a blessing in disguise, though, because it might help develop Bullock some.
2. Blake Griffin can be prone to fall in love with his jumper when it’s working, but come on, the man scored 27 points. Gotta give the guy some love.
3. JJ Redick is ice cold. Hopefully he breaks the slump against the Kings (considering how porous their defense is).
4. The bench was… terrible.
Given the depth issues at PF/C, do you think the Clippers will sign Odom soon? His ability to survive guarding 3′s could help the Clippers’ survive small-ball better (without healthy wings it didn’t really work tonight).
It also looked like DJ got taken out of the game mentally by the lack of calls when he was close in. 2-8, not off of wild tips but gathered layups (and two weird dunk attempts), is bad, and it looked like he thought he got hacked. He then proceeded to refuse to ever put his hands in the air on defense… which doesn’t really work. Is this going to be a long term issue?
I think this was just a one time issue. DJ has gotten a lot better in terms of keeping at least one arm up on defense to be ready to contest a shot at any moment. It was something he never used to do. OKC got a ton of calls going their way tonight by some suspect reffing.
Lack of maturity. I noticed too that he checked out after some bad plays. The layup drill by OKC was inexcusable. If he pouts or tryies not to get in foul trouble, he will be benched. So you might as well play all out cuz you end up on the bench regardless.
Charles Barkley agrees with all of us that a big is needed. On ESPN, Kevin Arnovitz suggested Jason Collins. Many fans preferred Lamar Odom, Ivan Johnson, Omer Asik, Emeka Okafur and others. But I personally feel that Kevin Garnett is their only hope. What does KG have that the other players don’t? Do you think Doc’s defensive system is missing that special something to really make it work, like how Phil Jackson’s Triangle required elite shooting guards, small forwards and centers?
(On the side, do you think the Celtics purposely traded Garnett and Pierce to the Nets knowing that the Clippers will still get them as buyouts in an attempt to circumvent the NBA gag order?)
I’d rather have Okafor. Sure, he’s not polished offensively, but he’s young and offers rim protection. We can’t afford Asik.
Okafor seems like the guy they should be looking for. He will be better than any other backup big we can get, and a buy-out is looking likely, it just depends on if we can get him before or after the all-star break, so as to hopefully acquiant him with what they are doing.
Also, lets not forget Jamison is still sitting on the bench. Hes a defensive sieve at this point in his career, but at the very least, hes twice the offensive player that any of our current bench bigs are.
D.J. Foster loves Garnett so not too much lambasting here, but he’s not looked good this season. Not at all.
I have a feeling why. I think Garnett really wanted to tag along with Doc as a Clipper, but the NBA prohibited this using the CBA as their crutch (coaches can’t be traded for players speak). Now the Clippers and Celtics are under a gag order which lasts for the whole season, Garnett is struggling because he’s on the wrong team, and the Clippers are still one of the worst defensive teams in the league.
A Clipper insider has said today that Lamar Odom and Ivan Johnson will be looked into as “Garnett’s replacement” down the line, but the consensus within the front office is KG is their only hope. This was why Doc hired Alvin Gentry so that they could use D’Antoni’s Seven Seconds Or Less system as a placeholder until the trade deadline. They are praying that the Net’s losing season sticks so that the Clippers could pry Garnett as a buyout.
There is a rumor that if the Nets turn things around and become a winning team before All Star Weekend, the Clippers will highly consider trading the farm for a true superstar. That means Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love or Kevin Durant. The only sure keepers are the starters, and possibly Reggie Bullock. Luol Deng and Rudy Gay may become trade targets as well.
There’s so much wrong with what’s said here I don’t even know where to begin.
Dear god. Honestly, A Clipper Insider? Are you perhaps mistaking said insider for an individual that cleans the bathrooms in Staples Center. If so, i hope you didnt pay, said Insider, because you just got scammed buddy.
If not, then there is clearly a crazy person working for the Clippers.
And if all that happens to not be true. Then please tell me you are trolling. Trolling so hard.
No, not trolling.
Why is it that every time I write something dire like what I wrote above, it means I’m being a spy for another team, a troll or some Laker fan? It just hurts me.
Anyway, take a look at this tweet I got from Chrisclipsla:
This is only one of many who I get info from. The fact that he said “Paul Pierce could retire a Clipper” means that the front office desperately need him and KG. And don’t forget, Doc Rivers has done a megadeal before in 2007 when he traded seven players, cash and picks to form that Big 3. I’m a believer of past events, and if I’m correct, there’s a chance history could repeat itself.
Which possible big out of Odom, McBob, Okafor and whomever else will get the Clippers FT attempts more so than a SG in trade? We rank dead last in FT attempts.
Get me Shumpert. SOS.
with Matt Barnes out Clippers need a wing guy 2 replace Dudley in starting line-up – What’s up with DJ looks tired or disinterested reverting back 2 missing easy lay-ups not defending the rim
for a good part late in the game they continued going to BG who was either guarded by Durant or Ibaka and with out DeAndre in the game. The ball should have gone to Crawford or who Westbrook wasn’t guarding.
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