It’s raining in Los Angeles, and tonight Staples Center played home to twice its normal number of Rivers. Let’s dive in for tonight’s Last Call.
Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
Tweet of the Night
Hedo Turkoglu just took Eric Gordon off the dribble, and it’s safe to say the Clippers won the Chris Paul trade..
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 1, 2014
The Depth Charge
|Ryan Hollins, C||9||3–3||0-0||0-0||2||0||2||0||0||1||0||2||+11||6|
|Hedo Turkoglu, C||15||1-4||0-1||0-0||1||2||3||2||0||2||1||3||+7||2|
|Glen Davis, PF||14||1-4||0-1||3-4||1||2||3||1||1||0||2||4||-10||5|
Check Your Messages
Ten Notes on a Non-Noteworthy Night
1. Lest we forget, Darren Collison *can* dunk.
2. Glen Davis’s questionable-call reaction face is priceless. (See above photo.)
3. Speaking of Davis, even though it was against an injury-rattled, foul-plagued Pelicans line-up, the Clippers’ bench defense looks better with him playing.
4. Really, the defense looked pretty good. It held Anthony Davis to a single field goal.
5. Danny Granger didn’t play on account of paperwork.
6. The Tweet of the Night is actually kind of devastating for those who remember what Eric Gordon looked like circa 2010.
7. Blake Griffin increased his streak of consecutive games with 20 or more points to 19, the most for any Clipper since Dominique Wilkins (1994).
8. Austin Rivers hit a meaningless game-winner.
9. Jokes aside, Rivers once again looked like a legitimate NBA player — especially when driving toward the hoop — which wasn’t something you could confidently say about him last year.
10. Meanwhile, Chris Paul looked like a legitimate “point god.” He hasn’t moved this spryly for months. And that’s great news for Clipper fans.
- Patrick James
Tonight’s starting five featured every point guard on the Clippers roster. That’s right, all two of them!
Chris Paul and Darren Collison manned the backcourt in the game’s opening stretch, giving Los Angeles an early 11-point advantage. The two returned to the hardwood together to begin the third, extending a 15-point lead to 23 points before exiting the game for good.
This dual point guard look has become more commonplace in the NBA recently, best served as a sporadic change in pace to throw off opponents. The upside is commonly a boost in long-range shooting and decreased turnovers, the major drawbacks being size and defense. The Pelicans starting backcourt of Brian Roberts and Eric Gordon are on the shorter side in their own right, thus the Clippers weren’t hampered by the usual setbacks of running the two-PG lineup.
We don’t see this approach by L.A. very often, simply because of the team’s lack of point guards. However, in the 222 minutes prior to tonight, the Paul-Collison duo outscored the opposition by 7.9 points per 100 possessions. It could potentially be a fun and useful twist if a third point man was added to the club, or Crawford was utilized at the one more.
- David Vertsberger