Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Besides snaring a huge offensive rebound late (keeping the Clippers at arm’s length), Paul George had a typically excellent night, posting a solid 27-6-5 line. In a game with several great players, George reigned.
X factor: David West had a quietly excellent game (24 points, 12 boards) filled with crafty post moves, smart defense on Blake Griffin, and solid containment against the offense of former teammate Chris Paul.
Defining moment: In an exceedingly close contest, the defining moment was equally close. With the Clippers down 102-100 with 31 seconds left, Chris Paul attempted a bank shot that just rimmed out. The Clippers never scored again.\
– Alex Dewey, Gothic Ginobili
Tweet(s) of the Night
Blake Griffin's behind-the-back pass. https://t.co/rt8WvpXT77
— The Traveling Crab (@crabdribbles) December 1, 2013
The Clippers’ bench keeping them in this, just like we all knew would happen. #ATribeCalledHuh
— Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) December 1, 2013
Even when the Pacers get caught on a defensive rotation, they sneak back into the house and under the covers before anyone can notice.
— Kevin Arnovitz (@kevinarnovitz) December 1, 2013
Kicks Game Strong
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) December 1, 2013
The Depth Charge
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ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
The crew analyzes the impact of J.J. Redick’s absence, the development of rookie Reggie Bullock and Jamal Crawford’s blossoming defensive effort. Also, Jovan and Seerat discuss Drake’s concert in depth.
Check Your Messages
Reg Bullock Gives You Wings
Clipper Nation faced devastating news this morning when it was revealed that J.J. Redick was going to miss 6-8 weeks with a hand injury. Willie Green logged 15 minutes as his starting replacement, but Redick’s presence was quickly missed. Credit the Pacers’ defense for forcing the Clippers to shoot poorly from the 3-point line, but Green missed a few wide open shots. Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford are also expected to pick up the slack, but Redick’s injury also gave the room for the emergence of Reggie Bullock who logged his most meaningful minutes this season.
The result was a strong outing: 10 points, 4-of-4 shooting and two assists. Doc has been given a smooth opportunity to experiment with his rookie wing. With the Clippers currently lacking in wing defenders (Jamal Crawford was spotted guarding Paul George in the 4th quarter), the ability for the Clippers to internally add another competent 3-and-D player could be extremely valuable in a league boosting incredible wing talent.
– Davis Vo
Matt Barnes’ Camouflage Getup
– Andrew Han
Here’s Barnes at today’s game:
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) December 1, 2013
– Jovan Buha
Defensive Rating Update
The Clippers dropped to 17th in defensive rating at 102.7. If they improve by 0.4, they would climb to 15th, breaking into the top half of the league.
– Jovan Buha
Same Old, Same Old
During the course of an NBA season, players and coaches develop certain go-to phrases and clichés to explain the team and the just-completed game.
It becomes so much apart of their lexicon that beat reporters quietly look at one another and smile when they are uttered again and again.
As good as the Los Angeles Clippers have been this season, two of coach Doc Rivers go-to lines after a loss have been some variation of “we joined the game late” and “we didn’t play with a purpose.”
It’s a perfectly reasonable explanation and probably accurate, but they don’t really explain why the Clippers lost to the Indiana Pacers 105-100 on Sunday. On two occasions, the Clippers came back from 11-point and 14-point deficits to either tie the score or take the lead, only to let Indiana take back control of the game.
“I thought in the second half we joined the game and then it was a game,” Rivers said. “I thought Indiana attacked us early and we didn’t attack back and then in the second half it was a good basketball game. I take out of that that we can play with anybody, but I’m not taking a moral victory. We lost the game.”
– Arash Markazi, for ESPN LA
Pacers Win Behind Their Firm Convictions
In his first season in the NBA as a full-time starter, Redick leads the Clippers’ regulars in plus-minus, and his 18.46 Player Efficiency Rating (PER) shatters his previous best two seasons ago. He’s one of the league’s most effective decongestants, and that constant motion helped elevate the Clippers’ offense over the first 17 games of the season to one of the league’s most attractive.
Willie Green will start in Redick’s absence. Professional is the most common attribute assigned to Green by his teammates and the Clippers’ staff. But no matter how buttoned-up his manner, the Clippers can’t throttle the offense and run the defense ragged with Green, who demands only a fraction of the attention Redick does in the half court. Stephenson was the weakside rover all afternoon against a Clippers’ starting unit that couldn’t find a lot of quality looks in their possession offense. Very little of that can be laid at Green’s heavier feet, but the Clippers’ most efficient output came from their reserves.
The Clippers roared back from a 14-point deficit on Sunday and didn’t play poorly under the circumstances. Unfortunately, the Western Conference isn’t forgiving of circumstance. A lengthy stretch of .500 ball could drop a team to the No. 5 or 6 seed — far below what the Clippers expected of themselves.
– Kevin Arnovitz, for the Daily Dime