Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: If Blake Griffin wanted to start the new year by quieting the critics, he definitely did an amazing job. With a line of 31 points on 14-of-20 shooting, Griffin did a majority of his damage away from the paint, which should be scary for the rest of the NBA.
Turning point: The first half of the third quarter. During that point of time, the Clippers went on an 18-6 run behind the perimeter efforts of Griffin and Jared Dudley.
X factor: While Griffin and Chris Paul were the headliners of the blowout, the consistent perimeter play of Dudley helped push the Clippers to victory, as he finished the night with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
– Dakota Schmidt
Tweet(s) of the Night
Byron Mullens has hit two straight triples over the Bobcats. That's like a kick in the groin after being stabbed in the chest for Charlotte
— Dime Smash! (@DimeSmash) January 2, 2014
The Depth Charge
|Byron Mullens, C||1||2-2||2-2||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||+6||6|
|Ryan Hollins, C||11||2-3||0-0||1-2||1||2||3||0||0||0||1||3||+1||5|
|Antawn Jamison, PF||4||0-2||0-2||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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Being The Head
One of the bigger inconsistencies in Blake Griffin’s shot comes in the different routes he takes to his release point. Griffin will often bring the ball back too far behind his head. That’s when he ends up missing. Wednesday, he kept the ball at his forehead on every jumper. When he does that, he can shoot 8-for-12 on shots outside 10 feet. Just wait until he learns do it every game…
- Fred Katz
1-0 In 2014
Tied 56-56, the Clippers went to the locker room at halftime and made themselves a New Year’s resolution: don’t lose to the Bobcats. In the third quarter, Los Angeles outscored Charlotte 25-13, holding the Bobcats to 4-of-19 shooting, and to start the fourth, the Clippers’ reserves kept up the defensive pressure while steadily extending the lead behind a Dudley/Griffin shooting exhibition.
So, consider this game a palate cleanser, something to wash away the awful taste of Monday’s tacky loss to Phoenix. In that game, L.A. allowed 48.2 FG%, 38.7 3FG% and 107 points. Tonight, it was 38.2%, 28.6%, and 85, respectively. Regardless of the quality of the opposition, that’s a solid bounce-back game for a team that considers itself a contender, one with the Mavericks and Spurs on deck.
- Luke Laubhan
1. The Clippers have a simple backscreen-big play that was run quite frequently with Redick to get Griffin easy looks from the right block. Tonight, there was a different wrinkle to the play, where instead of the guard cutting down the middle and setting up the screen for Griffin, Crawford would move baseline in what looked like a clearout for a Blake Griffin post up. Instead, Crawford would quickly turn and set the backscreen on Griffin’s man, enabling the same action for Blake to get an easy look from the right block as Chris Paul wrapped around the key for a direct entry pass. It happened twice tonight.
2. The Griffin-Jordan high-low has been a pleasure to watch this season. Whether Griffin catches the pass on a shallow roll or from the corner with an option to swing, the formula has always been the same: Blake Griffin high, if Jordan’s man is flat-footed or coming out, lob to DeAndre.
Tonight found DeAndre out on the perimeter with Cody Zeller fronting Griffin to prevent the entry pass from Matt Barnes. DeAndre received the ball at the top of the key and whipped a bullet into Griffin for the easy slam. It’s a textbook method of beating the front, but not something we’re accustomed to seeing from DeAndre. If seeking the interior pass is something Jordan has been empowered to do, that adds yet another pivot to the Clippers’ continuously morphing offense.
- Andrew Han