Los Angeles Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
February 9, 2014
6:30 p.m. PST
FOX Prime Ticket
1. Is Michael-Carter Williams the clear Rookie of the Year?
Fred Katz, (@FredKatz): Absolutely. He leads all rookies in points, assists and rebounds, and he is third in the league in steals. No, his 40-30-70 shooting line doesn’t leave much to be desired, but fellow Rookie of the Year contenders Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke have been inefficient, as well.
Andrew Han, (@andrewthehan): Probably. Awards voting is generally about constructing a narrative with a recognizable stretch of performance to validate said story. In the case of MCW, he had a stellar first week punctuated with an opening night victory over the Heat. And with no other rookie distinguishing themselves, that early spark may be enough to secure the award. Although, for me, it is forever Giannis.
2. Fill in the blank: The 76ers should ______ Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thad Young.
Katz: Hastily trade. Getting something back for Turner and Hawes is a bit more urgent than for Young, considering those two are both on the final years of their contracts. Young, though, is locked up for at least one more year after this. Philly is tanking. It would make sense to try to get as many picks as possible, and you’d have to imagine that’s exactly what it will attempt to do.
Han: Trade. They’re tanking. They need younger assets. The end.
3. True or false: Blake Griffin will score 35-plus points for a fourth consecutive game Sunday.
Katz: True. Why the heck not? Even if saying “true” to this is arrogantly bold. Friday night, Griffin became the first player in Clipper history to score 35 or more in three straight games. Yes, Chris Paul is supposed to be back. And yes, that means Blake will be seeing fewer touches and fewer dribbles. But he’s been so impossibly good over the past couple weeks that it would almost be odd to bet against him right now.
Han: True. He only played 28 minutes on Friday night and still managed to crest the 35-point line. With Paul setting him up for even easier shots, the fourth game should be a cake walk.