Los Angeles Clippers
Oklahoma City Thunder
MVP: I thought Chris Paul’s knee injury on a road trip would serve as a hindrance to slowing down everyone’s hot MVP candidate, Russell Westbrook. I thought this was a bad part of the schedule for Paul to try and slow down Russ. I was wrong, and we were all treated to Paul making an example of Westbrook on both ends of the floor.
That was … a silencer: What an impressive win for the Clippers. The last time they were in Oklahoma City, the team found out Blake Griffin had a staph infection and proceeded to catch a blowout. The Clippers actually blew Oklahoma City out twice – they went up 17, lost it all in the second quarter, then went up by 22 points in the third quarter. The team clinched a fourth-straight winning season for the first time in franchise history.
X factor: Matt Barnes turned 35 years old on Monday. He started his 59th game of the season Wednesday night, setting a new career-high for most starts in a season. He had a special night, supplementing Paul and J.J. Redick’s offensive onslaught with 22 points and six threes. Barnes hadn’t scored 20+ points in almost two months, and all three of his 20-point games have come on the road.
— Law Murray
Tweets Of The Game
Russell Westbrook tonight by defender vs Chris Paul: 7 Pts, 2-8 FG, 7 TO vs all others: 17 Pts, 3-6 FG, 3 TO
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 12, 2015
Chris Paul is amazing. This is my analysis.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 12, 2015
Russell has broken every NBA record already but I love how he's gunning for that Oscar
— Seerat Sohi (@DamianTrillard) March 12, 2015
Check Your Messages
Jonathan Clay or Otherwise J.J.
In the absence of Blake Griffin, much has been made about the dominant play of Chris Paul and the rise of DeAndre Jordan. Yet when looking at how the Clippers have not only won games but also sustained their league-leading offensive rating in Griffin’s absence, J.J. Redick has been just as important to the team’s success.
That was on display again as Redick dropped 25 points in tonight’s victory, and for this 14-game streak without Blake, he’s been the team’s second leading scorer at 18.5 points a game. It only highlights what has so far been J.J.’s best season in the league, where he’s one of three guards in the entire league to rank in the top 10 in both True Shooting Percentage and Effective Field Goal Percentage.
– Brandon Tomyoy