By process of elimination, there's one game on the NBA schedule each year that can be fairly deemed The Most Winnable Game of the Year.  Out of sheer luck, the Clippers drew it.  They managed to avoid wholesale embarrassment and scored 115 against a completely disoriented Golden State zone.  With nobody on the floor taller than Elton [Chris Kaman played only eight minutes], the Clippers actually lost the rebounding war.  The Clips got absolutely destroyed off the dribble tonight. Against an offense centered around a penetrater like Monta Ellis, the Clippers might want to consider a 2-3 of their on.  But they managed.  Barely. 

A fast-paced, sets-who-needs-no-stinking-sets brand of basketball, by its very nature, favors the team that has no familiarity with one another.  A controlled game favors the team that's played together, since it can use that common acquaintance to get shit done in the halfcourt.  Everyone knows where and when everyone else likes the ball.   Once the Clippers hunkered down[1], they managed to wear GS down in the halfcourt.  Sure enough, when the Clips slipped back into improvisational ball in the fourth, their lead evaporated. 

So far as Quinton Ross, it's dangerous to look at the far end of any sample and determine anything.  We saw repeatedly in the Phoenix and Denver series during the postseason that if you can get Q a couple of open shots on the wing, he'll make about half of them.  The 2-4, 3-7, or 4-8 line from the field is nice, but more important is forcing the opposing defense to be honest on the weak side.  It's ludicrous to say that the Clippers play "4 on 5" with Ross when the guy is a 50% shooter who rarely turns the ball over.  The trick --- and good teams do this all the time and it's never been a problem with Sam -- is figuring out how to leverage the space created on the weak side. 
How to Beat a Zone:

At 7:00 in the first.  It isn't the most fluid set or anything, but the possession is a steady progression of the Clippers moving closer to the basket with each movement of the ball.  The Clippers conscript the Golden State zone, squeezing it tighter and tighter underneath the G.S. basket.  Cassell brings it the center of the court, with Cat on the right wing and Q on the left.  EB fights for position in the mid-left post, with Corey on the far side.  The ball works its way over to Q, who looks for a post entry pass into EB, with Biendris[2] guarding Elton and Barnes playing off Q ever so slightly.  When Q drops the ball into EB, Barnes turns to double Elton, and the rest of the GS zone slides a couple of steps toward the lane.  At this point in the possession [:16], all five Golden State players are below the stripe.  EB kicks it back out to Q, who slings it over to Sam, who kicks it over to Corey on the right side.  In contrast to the last time the ball traveled around the perimeter to start the set, this time each Clipper is well inside the arc, edging closer to the basket.  Corey, no small miracle, gets the post entry pass into Cat on the right block against Baron Davis.  Cat backs him in for an easy layup off the glass.    

There isn't a lot to glean from a win like this, but with the exception of a mini-home stand in latter days of February, the Clips are now in the midst of their last "easy" stretch of games.  Figure that Denver is going to get well once 'Melo is back.  That leaves the Clips battling Minnesota and Golden State for the final playoff berth. 

[1] Despite a frenetic pace at the outset, the teams ultimately combined for only 20 fast-break points [GS 11, Clippers 9]

[2] Andres Biedrins is freakishly athletic with a potentially serious game.  It seemed like, for stretches of the game, his presence was sort of keeping them within reach