Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Smoothie King Center
5:00 p.m. PST
January 30, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket
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The Special Man…
1. What are the chances the New Orleans Pelicans make the playoffs?
Joe Gerrity, Bourbon Street Shots, (@gerrityjoe): 25% sounds fair. It’s hard to fathom that Oklahoma City will miss out if they stay healthy, and expecting a drop off from any of the top seven teams out West feels like wishful thinking.
Seth Partnow, (@SethPartnow): So you’re saying there’s a chance?
Patrick James, (@patrickmjames): I’d prefer to hear Anthony Davis’s MRI results (and make sure there’s really nothing wrong with Kevin Durant’s toe) before answering. Injuries notwithstanding, I just don’t see them finishing ahead of the Suns and the Thunder. Let’s put their chances firmly at slim, which is better than none.
2. Complete this sentence: “Eric Gordon’s career is…”
Gerrity: …finally getting on track. Look, he’s never going to be a star. He’s never going to dominate like was expected only a few short years ago. That’s OK. What he can do, and what he’s starting to do, is function as a quality role player who can help a winning team.
Partnow: …a cautionary tale about how big a factor timing, fortune, fit and all that good stuff is. Prior to the Chris Paul trade he looked like a genuine star in the making. Things haven’t gone quite as well since then. Injuries, indifferent shooting, more injuries and his stated desire that New Orleans allow his signing with the Suns to go through a few offseasons ago, he’s now regarded as little more than an inflated contract, almost the more injury prone backcourt version of David Lee.
James: … so emo. Gordon has always had a mopey face, but for his first three years he filled viewers with joy. He even cracked the occasional heart-melting smile. But since draining a game-winning buzzer beater in first game as an erstwhile Hornet, it’s been one heartbreak after another.
3. Matt Barnes says he needs to work at Costco to pay for his on-court outbursts; if he did, in what department would you find him?
Gerrity: Shopping cart gatherer. He’s athletic, we know he hustles, and people would likely be less offended if he cursed and kicked things outside. He would be a fine sample-giver, but he has a history of eating too many samples so that may not be the best idea.
Partnow: Everyone always seems so happy at Costco (because treating your employees well improves their disposition and job performance, who knew?) so it’s hard to see a fit. Forced to pick, maybe the meat department. There he can hack away to his heart’s content.