Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
MVP: The Clippers’ gameplan was to focus on Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, so that left Anthony Morrow open most of the night and he took advantage, scoring 27 points on 17 shots. He also defended Chris Paul quite a bit and was a big reason Paul scored just 2 points and went 0-for-12 from the field.
X factor: Darius Miller hasn’t played that much for the Pelicans this season, but with the team ravaged with injuries, he was thrown into the rotation tonight. He responded by scoring 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and he hit the two biggest shots for the Pelicans down the stretch.
That was … a block party: Anthony Davis set a franchise record by recording six blocks in one quarter, as he had his own little block party in the third quarter, and all the Clippers were invited.
– Michael McNamara
Tweet(s) Of The Game
"A little too much showmanship. Just shoot the layup." – the least fun person ever after CP3 throws and off-the-board oop the Blake Griffin
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 27, 2014
Big backcourts are an exploitable spot for the Clips. At least until Doc goes Granger-Barnes on the wings.
— Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) March 27, 2014
I only want to go to stadiums that are owned by the smoothie king.
— ADAMDEVINE (@ADAMDEVINE) March 27, 2014
@sir_deuce haha! It looks like I'm gonna swing on Crawford.
— ADAMDEVINE (@ADAMDEVINE) March 27, 2014
The Depth Charge
|Ryan Hollins, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Hedo Turkoglu, PF||7||1-3||1-3||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||-5||3|
|Big Baby, PF||14||3-3||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||-3||6|
ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
Law Murray makes his debut and discusses the lack of size in the Clippers backcourt with Andrew and Fred.
Check Your Messages
The Pelicans have had a sorry defensive season, and against the Clippers, they allowed an average of 113 points in three losses. Those games prominently featured Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, and Brian Roberts — all of whom are under 6’5. Wednesday night, all were unavailable.
To no surprise, the Pelicans’ makeshift backcourt of Tyreke Evans (6’6), Anthony Morrow (6’5), and Darius Miller (6’8) more than held their own. They had their mark on Chris Paul’s worst game of his career, as well as holding the Clippers under 100 points for only the 18th time all season.
The Clippers usually thrive on taking advantage of smaller guards, Paul in particular, and getting to the free throw line is a major part of their offensive success. Even with the 3-point assault by Jamal Crawford off the bench, the Clippers rarely looked comfortable combating the excessive length.
The Clippers took more threes (30) than free throws (28) tonight. Most of the time, that isn’t the case for a team that gets to the line more than any team outside of Houston. This may have been a strange game to prepare for, but perhaps other teams will want to see how playing two big guards to combat Doc Rivers’ smaller, less-athletic lineups will fare over the next month.
- Law Murray
J.J., Are You OK?
Darius Morris runs off a screen, catches a pass and hits a jumper from the left elbow. Pelicans lead 97-92. It’s the semi-dagger of the game. And who was guarding Morris? Pocket-sized Darren Collison.
J.J. Redick’s absence is such a hit offensively that sometimes, we forget about the qualities he can provide as a defender. Collison couldn’t fight through that screen. He was never going to do that. Redick would have at least positioned himself to contest Morris’ shot. With Redick on the floor, that jumper would’ve been a far more uncomfortable experience. But he wasn’t. He hasn’t been. And as long as he’s not, the Clippers are going to run into some serious defensive problems when they have to play Darren Collison so many minutes at shooting guard.
- Fred Katz
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 0. Those are the defensive rebounding totals of the Clippers’ bench bigs the last six games. While Glen Davis is comfortable in Rivers’ strong-side defense, he’s not a traditional backup center in that he’s not very tall (he’s roughly 6’8). That largely means that Davis secures and ends defensive possessions by being in proper rebounding position and using his girth to clear out the necessary space.
This becomes increasingly difficult in conjunction with the porous perimeter defense the bench is often forced to trot out. Davis and co. rotate onto dribble penetration and by the time a shot goes up, they’re nowhere near the right spots to secure the ball. It’s a problem that plagued the entire team early, and then just the bench as the season progressed.
One would imagine these issue will be mitigated in the playoffs with a shorter rotation all around. One would imagine.
- Andrew Han