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Matt Barnes seems to be hurting us really bad in this series. Looking to next year, is there anyway Reggie Bullock could step into his role as the three, and get us over the hump against great teams like the Thunder? Is the three position an off-season priority or do we just deal with Barnes deficiencies?
Only against the Thunder. Bullock’s defense hasn’t panned out against other teams. But for some reason, he does very well when guarding Kevin Durant.
Phil Jackson always says playoffs are a veteran’s game. Dudley is good at contesting 3-pointers. Granger was brought in to guard LeBron James if the Clips can make it to the NBA Finals. Turkoglu was a Lamar Odom replacement. Big Baby was brought in to streamline Doc River’s defensive system and philosophies. Only Redick and Turk have made the NBA Finals, and Big Baby has a ring. However, none of these players in addition to Doc’s adjustments have helped the Clippers to slow down or defeat the Thunder. This is one of those times where Doc has to break from the norm. Phil Jackson using Tyronne Lue to guard Allen Iverson is just one example.
The answer is plain and simple. We do not have the overall athletes to contend with this team. DJ Foster said it on Twitter that during this offseason, we need a long, young, athletic and long perimeter defender who is a respectable shooter and a backup center. Once DeAndre goes out, we’re simply too small and we lose the rim protection. Having an elite perimeter defender ensures that we don’t get beat off the dribble and forces our defense to collapse leaving shooters wide open. The OKC offense is very simple and plain. It is just highly effective because we can’t defend it. When Perkins goes out and Collison and Adams comes in, they don’t lose anything as they still have another bruiser. The same goes for Westbrook. Reggie Jackson is basically Patrick Beverly with a jump shot and with handles.
Question for Fred (Fun question. Response isn’t necessary): According to your twitter profile you live in New York aka Eastern Standard Time. I live in Houston aka Central Time. My question, How the heck do you do it??? I was in out of sleep for majority of the game.
Horrible, horrible insomnia.
Clippers may lose this series because they do not have enough athletes, CP3 is 2 small and 2 short and not fast enough needs a lot of help defensively, Matt Barnes is 2 old and a bench person starting, JJ Redick is 2 small not a good defender and as back problems, there is no ball pressure miss Eric Bledsoe defense and hustle, Darren Collison is a no show bad defensively and missing shots he looks intimidated by Westbrook or Jackson, Danny Granger should give us 10 pts. at least disappointing effort fouls a lot where is his energy, lack of athleticism catches up 2 you, surprise Clippers got this far without decent athleticism how can they comeback in games without hustle from the backcourt especially
I’m looking at the box score and once again the Clippers were out rebounded. Just looking at the box, would that be the Clippers biggest flaw for Game 2 & 3? How did Clippers capitalize off of the Thunder 14 turnovers?
Fun Question (Please ANSWER): Due to Dr. Dre’s new found wealth, how would you feel if he enter the race for Clippers ownership?
I don’t want any celebrity owners please.
I tend to agree but with all these celebrities making a bid I wouldn’t be surprise if he did showed some interest as well.
going from a racist to a woman-beater good?
Clippas With Attitude….works, kinda. But think of how Rush Limbaugh would scream about the hypocrisy.
This game was lost on defense. The team tried to win it on the offensive end. Yes you need to outscore your opponent but you give yourselves a better chance when you play defense. The inability to rebound vs these guys is a crime with our two athletes. I’m not talking Westboork, I’m talking Adams and Ibaka. SO many killer off rebounds that they score on…its just a shame.
Since no guard can stay with Westbrook or Jackson or Durant, I don’t know how they can defend this team. Butler’s open 3s and Ibaka’s open midrange did us in. It may be what the coaches will live with but when they shoot 50% is it worth it?
I don’t know if this team can win this series. If not, I don’t know what will be of this team.
The LA WHINERS and why is Doc complaining about the players whining? They’re just emulating him, he’s sets a terrible example. I think that incessant whining will get on most anybody’s nerves sooner or later and perhaps result in negative feedback from the officials.
OKC native here; when the Thunder plays lights out defense they are really tough to beat, and a great road team as well. Sometimes I think they actually play better on the road. They tend to loaf on perimeter defense during the season but seem to be able to turn it on at will in important games.
When an opponent is able to consistently and successfully take the ball to rack, that’s the worst kind of trouble one can have. The Clips best chance is to shoot lights out, which they have pretty well done so far.
Impressed that you mentioned Jackson as a factor, at this point in his career and comparing with Harden at the same point, he’s pretty close in ability. All he needs is more consistency and drive, he’s still a bit inconsistent.
And the best part of the Harden trade; in effect we picked up Jeremy Lamb, Steven Adams and the Mavericks first round draft choice this year. It’s beginning to look like a better trade all along, especially with Adams who is a star in the making IMHO. Actually he’s a good shooter out to about 15 feet, just hasn’t shown it yet but I imagine this will be thoroughly addressed during the off season.
Why have we been seeing so much of Davis at the 5? Its a nightmare defensively. Blake looked a lot better this game protecting the rim on penetration if we have to go small while Jordan rests. The match-ups are more difficult, but the rotations in this series seem goofy.
I don’t understand why DJ does not hit Durant hard 2 intimidate him because right now he is not protecting the rim where is his energy? The Thunder hit Blake repeatedly hard when he goes 2 the basket 2 prevent him from getting dunks but Durant is let free all the time,, Miami Heat would of hit him also Memphis plays him tough Durant cannot and should not allowed easy baskets. Doc should of told his team that, where is the strategy? Phil Jackson would of been more prepared 4 that,, gotten more would of use Bullock and Hollins 4 fouls when Durant is in there give him something 2 think about also Dudley should of foul hard he is disappointing misses 2 many open shots, sit him down use the rookie and tell him 2 get tough defensively
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