Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets
4:30 p.m. PST
February 2, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket
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Mason Plumlee aka Keithany Brucas.
1. Last time they met (a couple of weeks ago) the Clippers crushed the Nets. Are they really 39 points better or was that an aberration?
Devin Kharpertian, The Brooklyn Game, (@uuords): They’re better, but not 39 points better. The Nets were in the midst of their worst week of the season — you might’ve noticed they dropped their game to the Jazz by 35 points just two days later. They still haven’t turned in a win since then, but they’ve also competed at a higher level in their losses to the Raptors and Hawks. I don’t expect them to win but I don’t expect them to get torn asunder again.
Fred Katz, (@FredKatz): I’d say 39 points better is a bit of an exaggeration. It’s probably closer to 38. Or 37. Either way, the Clips are way better than the Nets if only because that’s true for most teams. Brooklyn lost 12 of its 15 January games, has been a bottom-five defensive and offensive team in that time and hasn’t won at Barclays since December.
Andy Liu, (@AndyKHLiu): No NBA team is consistently 39 points better than another professional basketball team and the Brooklyn Nets are more miserable than awful. The Los Angeles Clippers are still eons better than whatever lineup or motley crew of veterans and sad run-down players the Nets decide to go with. This won’t be close but that hasn’t stopped the Clippers from playing down to its competition. Luckily, the Clippers won’t have this issue when the postseason starts.
2. Times are tough in Brooklyn. What’s the silver lining on the Nets’ season, so far?
Kharpertian: Uh… er… um… Give me a second here… Wait, still reaching down this well… can’t grab anything yet… OH! Mason Plumlee. His development this season both in the post and on the glass has been a welcome surprise, and he’s only improved on the “run and jump and dunk” mantra that made him such an effective player last season. He’s not an NBA superstar, but he’s something, and he’s still only 24.
(Whoops, just fell down the well. It’s dark down here.)
Katz: Contracts end eventually. Draft picks happen at some point in the future, even if it’s five years down the line. If we’re not being as pessimistic and snarky as possible, we could talk about the development of Mason Plumlee, who’s a long way off on both sides of the floor, but is showing he has the talent to become a nice player with which Brooklyn can move forward.
Liu: That Mason Plumlee isn’t as awful as everyone thought? That Brook Lopez wasn’t traded for the package of trash the Oklahoma City Thunder offered? Beyond that, yeesh. Even the new stadium is more showy than quality.
3. Finish this sentence: “Since Austin Rivers arrived the Clippers…”
Kharpertian: …might actually lose this game.
Katz: …he hasn’t actually been that bad. This doesn’t justify the deal. It doesn’t mean Rivers has been a net positive. But it does mean the concept of Austin Rivers, which is really what we’ve all been bashing over the past few weeks, deserves a bunch more criticism than actual Austin Rivers.