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Posted by Kevin Arnovitz on Tue, 10/21/08, 09:42am:
- The end of the road for Darius Miles? The Celtics cut the Clippers' third overall 2000 draft pick. Steve Bulpett offered this pithy conclusion in the Boston Herald: "In the final analysis, Miles, coming off knee surgery that forced him to miss the past two seasons, was held to a higher standard that he failed to meet. He had to be better than good enough to make the team, and the rust and unease of movement were evident in his preseason appearances. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.4 minutes a game."
- The Clips will go with Hart-Mobley-Thornton-P. Davis-Kaman tonight at Staples vs. PHX. Some things to observe: How Davis and Kaman handle the interior against Amare Stoudemire and Shaquille O'Neal. The Thornton-Grant Hill matchup will also be interesting to watch. Hill is the kind of heady defender who gives aggressive wings just enough rope to hang themselves. Let's see if Thornton can keep his turnovers to <5, and work some good shots for himself inside of 15.
- Give the Clips' brain trust some credit. Though the team dodged a bullet with the better-than-expected news on Baron Davis' injury, having Jason Hart and Mike Taylor as the understudies at PG feels a whole lot better than in the Brunsonian era. While Brevin Knight has his attributes, it's fair to say that his age and size make him a less desirable option than Hart. This Clips will probably lose the majority of games Baron Davis sits out this season, but having a 40% of succeeding on a given night is a lot more promising than fielding a sure loser.
- Andre Aldridge and Eric Snow preview the Clips at NBATV.
- Clips Nation is very bullish in the Clippers' perimeter shooting: "For the first time in my recollection, the Clippers can call time out down three with 10 seconds remaining and put not two, not three, not four, but FIVE shooters on the floor." Steve makes the point that the Clippers' successes of years past were predicated on blue-collar performances. This year's squad will be a finesse team. Ron Brownstein lives.