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I’ve seen enough, please trade Blake Griffin for Al Horford. The Clippers need a front court player who could do it on both ends like when they had in Elton Brand.
I’ve noticed that Collison’s decision making has been more inconsistent in transition and he’ll often get tunnel vision and settle for mid-range shots instead of passing to an open teammate. I saw that occasion too often tonight. Why does the second unit no longer run any sets?
The Clippers reached a new level of cold today, shooting terribly from every spot on the floor, including the free throw line.
This game was the worst of both the start-of-the-year clippers and the more recent ones: bench comes in and messes up the defense and offense, and the starters aren’t able to rectify it. Only this time, no one could shoot either. Ouch.
Defensively, Paul had some issues on Williams and the Clippers played some downright sloppy pick and roll defense all night. Griffin let the guard turn the corner EVERY TIME. The only thing worse than that is watching Mullens let the guard go straight (with no corner to have to turn on).
Offensively, they missed some open shots and also just didn’t move with much purpose. It looked more like a VDN offense than what we saw early in the year. Maybe that’s because no one can move without the ball, or maybe it’s because the Nets purposefully put mismatches out there. Who knows, but it wasn’t pretty either.
Paul is historically bad vs DWill. That is no surprise. He’s shorter, lighter, lacks reach. If he’s screened, he’s out of position and the team has to recover which lead to open 3s that they drained all night. How else do you guard DWill?
What a miserable display. I don’t think I’ve ever been so unenthused to watch this team since Blake was drafted. I don’t know if they will ever get it together or if what they are trying to implement will translate into a championship contender with the group they have, but it sure doesn’t look promising. Even with Doc. Doc is great but if even he can’t get this core to perform better, I don’t have high hopes. There are still the same tendencies of players that irk me to no end. Blake still disappears and won’t demand the ball. Chris still passes and dribbles too much sometimes. Jamal is hot and cold at the worst times. DJ…..he’s just DJ.
Last years High flying Lob city raised the bar way too high for this new team to compete in the fun factor. I believe I only missed one game (Thank You DVR) . This year I’ve missed four already!. Not the same team 2 watch. But I’m still giving them time.
Deron Williams now has a 15-5 record against CP3, and I know exactly why that is: All-Stars. Before being traded to the Clippers, Deron has played with more All Stars (Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur) than Chris Paul, who’s only partner has ever been David West. If the Clippers want any chance of defeating Deron Williams, they need one more superstar.
DWill is not their priority. CP3 will lose that matchup by the end of their careers. No shame in that.
What they need to figure out is how to score period with JJ out. I still can’t believe they are this bad. If Jared was anything like he was on the suns, JJ being out would not hurt so much.
Not having any of our rotations wings have hurt, but at least this team should remain competitive. Tonight’s game was about effort. It was the 4th game in 5 nights, but there was no reason was to why they couldn’t muster up 80% of the effort they put up in the first quarter of tonight’s game.
Here is my question for CBL:
Is it time for Blake Griffin to defend Deron Williams? CP3 has always been bad against Deron his whole career. Is this one of these cases where CP3 cannot win against Deron by himself, where Griffin has to be the second man to help him defeat Deron? What if Paul meets Deron in the playoffs? It may not be as a Net, but maybe with another team, maybe somebody out west like the Lakers. Deron would automatically win the match because of his resume in the regular season. They need to find a way to defeat him.
If the Clippers meet the Nets in the NBA Finals, it will be a sign of The Apocalypse. Just sayin’.
Changed the question just a couple minutes ago.
The should trade Blake Griffin to get that superstar because right now the Clippers only have one superstar. Barkley says the difference between an all-star and a super is confidence. Blake doesn’t appear like he’ll have that confidence. The guy is too self conscious of what others think about him to ever just dominate.
He’s just afraid of ruining his nice guy persona. Griffin needs to understand that there are more things to basketball than just fame. If he can face his fear of getting ejected from a game by actually getting himself tossed, maybe that will help fuel his fire. In fact, it took a vicious block from Bass yesterday for Griffin to play mean against the Celtics. I hate the idea that Griffin has to be externally motivated just for him to face adversity.
Too bad I couldn’t vote this up more than once.
Maybe the expectations of Blake have gotten too high to a point to where he can’t deliver. Blake is similar to Lebron in that Lebron had cracked to pressure before finally rectifying that in 2010. Lebron always had a pass before he joined MIA because his teammates sucked. Blake had a pass since his rookie year but this year is the time he needs to deliver. He has a real coach now and he needs to take responsibility. I’m stopping short of trading Blake, but trading him for Kevin Love wouldn’t be a bad idea.
The thing is… if Blake were as bad as everybody is beginning to believe he is, why would any other team trade for him (and his contract)?
Pressure to win. Blake probably needs to be on a team that doesn’t have championship aspirations. The championship expectations for Blake probably came too soon and too fast.
Blake still doesn’t know what kind of player he is. There is a reason CP said at the beginning of the year that everything relies on Blake. If Blake is not an 1A to Cps 1, they won’t go anywhere. It’s a shame too because they should be better even with the injuries. They should know each other after 3 years to be a great 1-2 punch. But he still looks unsure, hesitant, still gives up the ball when he should shoot. its not going to work if you don’t have any idea who you are.
I’m starting to develop the opinion that Doc Rivers has robbed this team of their carefree spirit. I’m all for being business-like, but this team doesn’t see to have any interpersonal chemistry.
By no means am I saying that Rivers is a bad coach or the wrong coach or Vinny was better than Doc. None of those things.
However, they are WAY too serious.
Who’s with me and, if not, why not?
I agree. They are not having fun. But bad part is, they should not need to have fun to play hard and do what the coaches are telling them. Maybe the problem is, some of the players on this team don’t have what it takes. They do seem scared to mess up under Doc though. Like they are not playing freely. I’d even say CP has lost his voice and edge trying to do what the coaching staff wants. But which coach had a better chance to actually get this team beyond the second round?
I hear what you’re saying.
I’m a big consumer of social media.
I guess what I’m saying it I saw a lot of playfulness between the squad last year and I don’t see any of that this year. (I admit; I may not be paying attention.)
I don’t see the Instagram exchanges, the Twitter back and forth.
Blake’s proclamation at the beginning of the season that “Lob City” was dead.
In my mind, the offense didn’t have to change that much; it was the defense that needed to improve. Did improving the defense require a tonal change?
I posed the question to Andrew and Fred that it seems odd that not having Bledsoe, Barnes and Redick didn’t seem to be enough reason for this squad to be so unenergetic. This team appears to have zero chemistry.
It’s very perplexing.
Doc Rivers as 2 acknowledge the fact that he or any good coach will not be able 2 win – does not have enough good players not enough talented players especially in backcourt and small forward positions – they are a small team bad mix I agree not much chemistry – the clipper management as 2 take blame 4 this – they surrounded CP3 with players that do not complement him – he needs a big guard with athleticism a athletic small forward with size and guards that can bring the ball up or push the pace – clippers look lethargic and slow not going 2 beat many teams by slowing it down the main problem with this team is CP3 as got to figure out a way 2 get the ball more inside 2 Blake
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