Coaches take a massive amount of shit about the most finite details of their work, many of which they have little or no direct control over.  When they get their coaching asses handed to them, the challenge is adjusting and that's where the job really starts. 

Tonight, Dunleay did a cool thing.  He looked at his rotation and realized that the team's most decisive strength is its depth.  The Clippers, effectively, have two full units at the perimeter and wing if you classify Tim Thomas as a small forward, which, let's face it, he is.  So Dunleavy shuffled the deck.

Unit 1: Livingtson-Mobley-Thomas
Unit 2: Cassell-Maggette-Ross [or Ross-Maggette, depending on the scheme]

He split his two best defenders in Livingston and Ross; by playing TT at the '3' with Brand and Williams, he gave himself a little more length defensively against a big opponent, while allowing Thomas to space the floor for Brand on the offensive end.  Once TT hit that three-pointer to put the Clips up 22-21 in the first, Orlando began to scurry a little bit on their perimeter rotation, and space opened up all over the floor.  Placing Sam Cassell in the second unit allowed Sam to toy with a defensive liability like Carlos Arroyo.  Sam can detect opportunities against a horrible on-ball defender better than any point in the league, and this was just a perfect, perfect matchup.  Had Sam had to deal with Nelson on the defensive end, it would've nullified his game.  Let Livingston stay in front of that spaz. 

Of course, I'm burying the lead: Elton Brand's First Quarter.  He went 8-10 from the floor with an additional point off a FT for 17 points.  The next post will look at each of his ten first quarter shots.