If nothing else, Chris Kaman’s return demonstrated his value to the Clippers, even though the big man had some rust.  Kaman posted a -20 for the game, but the fact that the Clips were able to get back to size helped immensely: The battle on the boards was even between the Clips and the best defensive rebounding team in the association, and the Clips even won the offensive glass.  And though Kaman still isn’t more than an average post defender – though he’s a super shot blocker and a pretty good help defender – his presence not only changes shot, but it takes a whole lotta pressure off backcourt and wing defenders who know longer have to worry that a penetrator who’s able to pierce the first line of defense won’t have such a direct route to the hole.

The 4th quarter collapse was disheartening and the Clips haven’t won a game in weeks, but I think we all need to arrive at a certain place, however pollyanna-ish it might be:

Let it be resolved that the 2007-2008 season isn’t a setback for the franchise.  A pause button was pressed.  Next season, the Clippers will feature a formidable 4-5 frontcourt presence; Cuttino Mobley will be the 4th, and possibly 5th offensive option – which isn’t a bad thing.  Barring injuries, the bench should be more than adequate. And there’s been a notable ancillary benefit to the wretchedness this season: The development of one Al Thornton, a wing player who will undoubtedly be one of the better value players in the game over the next four seasons. 

Woody Allen in Annie Hall said: “I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That's the two categories…The horrible are like, I don't know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don't know how they get through life. It's amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you're miserable, because that's very lucky, to be miserable."  The next month of basketball will be nothing more than miserable, but be grateful it won't be horrible. 

And there's always this to look forward to.