In some sense, with Shaun out, I wonder if this is an opportunity to measure his current value to the team.   The Clippers are looking at their most important stretch of the season, four home games against teams they should beat at home.  The team defense has improved a great deal over the past couple of weeks - away vs. Golden State not withstanding - but losing Shaun complicates matters, because - Mobley aside, and I feel like he's lost a step defensively - the Clips are left with a lot of questionable wing players, Ross excepted.

The Maggette swirl seems to be over, and that's a good thing.  For all the problems Corey presents, he's a vital component to the team.  An ability to create your own shot is a talent that can't be ignored, even if the creator is a certifiable space cadet.  Should he start? Against Memphis, yes.  Memphis ain't exactly a floor-spreading squad, and that's where Corey is most vulnerable.  Part of being a good coach is playing the hand your dealt.  It's really up to Dunleavy to channel Corey's talent and minimize his weaknesses.  Coaches like Phil Jackson and Larry Brown have made a career of hiding subpar defensive players.  Dunleavy did a nice job of it in the playoffs last season.  But he's allowed his frustration with Corey to get in the way of maximizing Corey.  And that's on him. 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE REPORT

 

Professional Basketball Team

Road Ws

Home Ls

TOTAL

Dallas

14

3

+11

Phoenix

13

3

+10

Houston

12

4

+8

Utah

11

4

+7

San Antonio

13

7

+6

Los Angeles Lakers

8

4

+4

Minnesota

8

7

+1

Denver

8

10

-2

Los Angeles Clippers

5

7

-2

Sacramento

8

11

-3

Golden State

4

7

-3

NOOCH

6

10

-4

Portland

7

12

-5

Seattle

4

9

-5

Memphis

2

13

-11