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Do you think Jared Dudley plays better as a power forward (ie: take over Blake Griffin’s spot)?
he plays better when he makes a shot once in a while
Are you asking if Jared Dudley should be in the starting line up/ we should move Blake Griffin to small forward to make Dudley power forward? If thats your question definitely no. If your asking if Dudley would be a better backup power forward than Turkoglu, I would answer that I personally think so but it really matters if you want to have a small ball bench lineup.
Neither. It’s remove Blake Griffin from the starting lineup completely (that doesn’t mean trade him). Jared Dudley’s play yesterday reminded me of Shane Battier. He’s more of a back court big man than he is a front court guard. For some reason, Griffin and Dudley’s games don’t seem to go well with one another, despite the odd winning streak they have when Dudley scores in double figures.
Thoughts on Rubio’s progression/regression? What’s going on with him?
Watching Clippers figh through injuries one after another and still playing at a high level and winning games reminds me of Doc’s Celtics and Pop’s Spurs, that what a system and good coaching does.
Off-Topic: Have someone ever watched the BBALLBREAKDOWN channel
on Youtube? Coach Nick doesn’t seem to like Doc and even goes on record to say
he is not really great. He also does videos about plays, players, teams,
games when there is something to be highlighted, etc. but never
mentioned the Clippers nor Blake despite both being hot topics for a
while and when you look for anything Blake or Clippers related, it
usually has a negative tone. It does feel cheapy and possibly Doc related.
Everybody just seems to hate the Clippers. There’s this tone around the sports fandom that until the Clippers prove themselves, the number one rule is “Don’t trust the Clippers. Ignore them, despise them, hate them.” The Clippers are the boy who cries wolf, and the towns people refused to trust him until he was actually KILLED by a wolf.
And Coach Nick is a good comrade of mine. I’ll ask him about that when I do my podcast in mid-April.
I don’t think it’s anything title related, although winning one would command the respect they do deserve. It’s just that the Clippers dunks on other teams, Blake and CP3 are in commercials all the time – well, not here in Brazil… hahahaha… Teams just don’t like them, they are playing well, they are on highglights, on TV, etc. For some reason among those that dislikes Blake, there are tons of vets. So overall, I get this feeling like some kind of jealousy “damn, what don’t I have that?” or even “I’m better than _____, I’d make an even better job than that”.
And let’s not forget that hiring good assistents that know some stuff, surrounding yourself with good staff, knowing how to deal with players’ personalities and not just the X’s and O’s are quite a skill for a coach as well. Because if I remember well, that’s one of the things I heard Coach Nick bashing on Doc, that he had Thibs and great players, he was downplaying Doc’s pedigree. There is one video when somebody on Twitter kind of joked about that fact and he agreed by saying he said almost exactly the same thing in the past.
I watch that channel. I haven’t noticed any dislike of Doc. Actually, he gave much hate to VDN and wants to tear his hair out at Griffin’s footwork in the post.
Well, it’s not like I’m making things up, it’s there on his videos, he says he doesn’t think Doc is a great coach and he does say like Doc only have a championship as if it was situational, he clearly downplays him, you know, like when people say you got lucky instead of true skill and ability.
There is a video of Clippers vs Heat that was very early in the season and when he is anwering Twitter’s questions and by 29min mark or so he agrees with the guys that bashes Doc by saying he got fired in Orlando, got HOF players and suddenly he is one of the best? That he is not.
And that’s not the only video I watched him doing so. I think that the arguments about Doc not being a great coach were pretty weak and it did have some kind of grudge in it, for some unknown reason. And him talking about Blake was before he got into this New Blake mode and I really thought they could had done a video on his evolution, what changed, it would had been interesting, but they didn’t.
Two thoughts about this game:
One – it’s amazing to watch Chris Paul learn to play with new players and new lineups especially. Part of the reason he sometimes looks a little rusty or rough is just because he’s not used to playing with these guys. Don’t forget the Clippers signed Hedo Turkoglu right after Paul got hurt; Baby and Granger came even later. Our star PG is still adjusting to playing with this group, and it’s neat to see this happen.
Two – if it’s possible to say this, first the Griffin and now the Paul injuries have come at fortuitous times for the team. The payoffs from Paul missing time have been clear. Now Blake missing time returns the favor in a way. Chris Paul regains total command of the floor and gets a full dose of touches to work his way back into playing shape and playing mentality.
These games don’t matter very much to the Clippers. The division is locked up. Their playoff seeding is basically determined. They know who they’ll probably be seeing in the first round. So, they haven’t looked fantastic down the stretch and sleepwalked through Milwaukee and New Orleans.
Griffin’s injury has woken them up. It forces Doc to play new lineups, lather Jared Dudley with WD40, pull Hollins out of his restaurant…even DJ is getting some looks in the post. These are guys we’re going to end up needing in the playoffs. Maybe it will just be for four-six minutes when Blake picks up a second foul. Maybe it will be for a whole game when Blake finally goes ham and strangles David Lee (lol). But provided Blake’s back issues don’t stick, this injury might be another blessing in disguise.
(whoops, meant – first the Paul and now the Griffin injuries)
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