Los Angeles Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
7:30 p.m. PST
January 3, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket
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The 76ers can’t kick this slump.
1. We hear so much negativity about the 76ers. Tell me something positive about this current team.
Seth Partnow, (@SethPartnow): K.J. McDaniels is fun. Robert Covington might be a rotation player, and Nerlens Noel has the potential to be a defensive menace. Joel Embiid someday. Draft picks. Wheeeeeeee.
Jovan Buha, (@jovanbuha): Rookie K.J. McDaniels is an awesome player. It pains me to write this, as I was a strong advocate of the Clippers drafting McDaniels in the 2014 draft. So far, most of his strengths have beared out, while his weaknesses haven’t been as bad as advertised. McDaniels has the ability to become an elite perimeter defender and a net-positive offensively, which is more than the Clips can say about their last two first-round draft picks.
Andy Liu, (@AndyKHLiu): The current team is doing an excellent job of not playing like an NBA team. There’s the new opinion that they’re fostering a culture of defense, unlike the New York Knicks, but that’s a low bar to clear. Losing is good, and they’re doing it.
2. What song best describes the 2014-15 76ers?
Partnow: “People Get Ready”. It’s a quasi-gospel tune about hope for a brighter future. Considering the fervor with which many Sixers fans direct approbation at those who dare question the Hinkie plan, seems appropriate.
Buha: “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” by Green Day.
Liu: Any The National song for all of the depression.
3. What should be the Clippers’ main New Year’s resolution?
Partnow: Discretion might be the better part of valor. Yes adding a wing or two and a big would help them this year, but the Clips have so many needs and so few assets with which to fill those needs. It might be time to accept that it’s almost certainly not happening this year and throwing good money after bad (in terms of selling off draft picks in the post-CP3 future) is what turns proud franchises into the New York Knicks.
Buha: The Clippers need the same New Year’s resolution as J.J. Redick—to get back to being a top-10 team in defensive efficiency. Even on a bad day, the Clippers are going to have a top-five offense; Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and Redick are just too good on that end. Defensively, though, they can’t keep treading below league average, and need to figure out a way to catapult themselves back into the seven, eight, nine range.
Liu: To focus on the present. As it appears, Doc Rivers the GM might have to unload some players and picks to get themselves a wing defender and backup point guard. For these Clippers, the chance for a championship is now and it would not be the worst option to do everything in their power at the trade deadline to make it happen.