Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: No Clipper player was able to stay in front of Isaiah Thomas this evening, and his quickness haunted the visiting team possession after possession. The Tacoma native got to the rim at will, and finished the night with 36 points and 11 assists.
That was … against the percentages: The Celtics and the Clippers rank 4th and 5th respectively on the season in opponent field goal percentage, but that wasn’t noticeable tonight as the two teams combined for 268 points.
X factor: The Clippers have three of the best free throw shooters in the league in Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford, who have all made 90% or better on their attempts from the charity stripe going back to last season. However, the three would go 5 of 9 on free throws in overtime as they failed to extend an early lead and eventually go on to lose their first game in O.T. this season.
— Brandon Tomyoy
Tweet(s) Of The Game
JJ Redick with tattoos is like a Volvo with flames painted on the sides.
— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) February 11, 2016
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 11, 2016
Isaiah Thomas & Chris Paul are the 1st players w/ 35 points and 10 assists against each other since Jason Kidd & Steve Nash in December 2006
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 11, 2016
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Weirdest Game Ever
Might be an exaggeration, but not by much. The Clippers managed to challenge Lawler’s Law after Boston racked up 100 points 2 minutes into the 4th quarter. Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, and JJ Redick all missed free throws in overtime. Both teams shot 50% or better. The Clippers out-rebounded the Celtics, shot a better percentage, both overall and on 3-pointers, and even committed fewer fouls, yet found themselves trailing for the majority of the game. CP3 posted the insane stat line of 35 points, 11 assists and 5 rebounds, only to find himself matched by his opposing number in Isaiah Thomas, who tallied 36 points, 11 assists and 4 rebounds of his own.
Absolutely nothing about this game made any sense, but it sure was fun – even if the good guys didn’t win, this time.
J.J. Off the Bounce
That was a crazy game, full of moments both exciting and revealing. But one of the most interesting aspects for the Clippers was the play of J.J. Redick. And not just his still-scorching shooting – lately J.J. has shown the sort of off the bounce ability that could give the Clippers a real boost as the season wears on.
Redick came to the Clippers as a pure shooter, someone to knock down jumpers and run laps around the offensive end of the floor. Recently, though, he’s been taking advantage of the attention his shooting draws to put it on the deck and make plays. He’ll come flying off of a screen and turn the corner, but instead of just launching a jumper he’ll go hard at the hoop, thread a tight bounce pass to DeAndre or fire a laser to Wes in the corner. And on two separate occasions tonight – one in the middle of the fourth quarter with the shot clock winding down and one in the very beginning of overtime – Redick managed to make something happen all on his own, earning one easy layup and three free throws. His awesome shooting sucks defenders in, and it’s great to see him take advantage of the options that attention affords.