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Max Kellerman of Sportsnation would always talk about how championships can only be won if your team had an elite shooting guard, small forward and/or center. In Phil Jackson’s case, he preferred having all three. The Clippers have an elite point guard and power forward, and he believes that teams who don’t have an elite 2, 3 or 5 will fail in the Finals. Examples include Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp (Supersonics), John Stockton and Karl Malone (Jazz), Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin (Nets). Do the Clippers have a case where they can challenge the said premise so that point guards and power forwards can be accepted in championship conversations?
All’s I know is that Bullock completed a difficult layup tonight in traffic that I didn’t think he could do in an empty gym. He was a complete spaz in the UNC-MIA conference tourney game.
I’ve to say that a Redick-Crawford combo is pretty good for the SG position and that’s way better than most teams have. It’s pretty clear that the Clippers don’t have an elite 3 and that they are thin for bigs but DJ has been playing in an elite level, he is probably TOP10 Center if not better.
The most consistent thing about championships is Defense, other than that, the formula varies but in general you got to have some interior presence – be it defensively and/or offensively -, floor spacing and one or two guys that can make their own shot.
And although Clippers’ D is not consistent enough yet, but if you account that they had barely played healthy since the system started to kick in, I think it’s just a matter of time. Clippers played good D during December and those opponents were much better than the ones they played during CP3’s absense. So I think Clippers have enough to to be contender.
You know the #fullsquad the Warriors always brag about? The Clippers have something like that too, and we’re never going to see a #fullsquad until the playoffs arrive. Basically what I’m saying is, take the Clippers regular season as a preview. Once the playoffs come, we will finally have our #fullsquad.
On the GSW that’s the biggest excuse ever invented for a no-excuse coach and team. But what you are saying doesn’t make sense since the relationship between regular season and postseason goes the same for most elite teams.
That said, Clippers will have their #fullsquad in just a couple of weeks. Clippers #fullsquad is CP3, Blake, DJ and Redick with Crawford and Collison coming off the bench and running the system properly. And by the trade deadline we will know if there will be any change or not. If there is no other big injury, by March Clippers should be peaking, if not earlier.
Magic, Worthy and Kareem?
Magic Johnson played point guard by default, but has the height of a small forward (listed as 6’9″). Lineups involving Magic were very gray in the 1980’s, making this man an exception to the rule.
I’m curious who you would consider the elite center on the Miami Heat team that one the last two titles. Or on Jordan’s Bulls teams.
That said, I do agree that in the playoffs a team with a good center who can score at will and defend is a major plus. That’s why Houston will be dangerous, as will San Antonio assuming you consider Duncan a center.
There is no elite center, only serviceable centers. And they’ve done just fine with Chris Bosh as the center filler and Birdman-Birdman!!! and Greg Oden as backup big men.
LeBron James is a Dual Forward, but in my eyes, he’s an elite utility man.
Had Blake played enough minutes in the blowout against 76ers, this would have been 4th straight 35 pts game probably. And this time he clearly outplayed LA, the former MVP-candidate – I’m kind of kidding but if just like GSW, Blazzers keep going down the standings, there is no way Aldridge will still be a MVP candidate.
Nice to see Blake using some fakes on lobs to DJ. During January those passes got intercepted quite often and I wrote about how Blake needed to put some faints and fakes into that. This way opponents would always have to keep guessing and this would become a matter of Blake driving and dunking himself or lobbing to DJ and for the past couple of games Blake has been using these fakes more and more, mainly on fast breaks.
Also Nice to see Doc giving Bullock some tries and more than that, finally playing him as a 2, not just 3. I imagine that this means that the Sasha Vujcic experiment is over and Bullock’s shot has been looking pretty good in the very few minutes he has been getting.
With jared dudley suddenly putting together a couple of good games going into the break, do you think the clips are still going to aggressively try to move him before the deadline? (If you ask me he’s good but not worth the money)
He’s been fine but he’s the only player whose contract is big enough to get a decent backup big, yet not totally irreplaceable. I think at this point trading Crawford and Redick would be a really bad move, they have simply been too good to trade.
NBA all star is a joke. Why not make the All Star game competitive by giving the teams some sort of incentive. The conference that wins gets home court advantage in the finals. In the old days players actually played in the All Star games.
It’s an All-Star Break for a reason, it’s a time to relax and have some fun. This guys are all competitors, put something important to win and they may get too serious. what would you think about guys ending up injured during All-Star break when they were supposed to be resting and recharging?
And to tell the truth even if the incentive was home court advantage coaches and trainers would advise players to rest and have fun anyway. If you dislike it so much, just watch the last minutes of the last quarter since that’s when guys get a bit more serious and if not, just don’t watch it at all.
You gotta understand how demanding on the body it is to play that many minutes in that many games, pushing it to the limit, even more with so many recent and serious injuries, that’s no coincidence. Would I like to see the best players going at full force? Sure, that would be fun, but resting is much more important than making it really competitive and all in all, you are getting it wrong since All-Star break was always about entertainment and fun rather than a championship weekend.
Loy Vaught. McAdoo of course. Have pride even if you have a losing history.
there should always be more athletic wing players 2 cover three point shooters and hit open shots the game is perimeter base in order 2 be a great defensive team you need deflections strength height and speed
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