Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Big Al Jefferson was not only the Bobcats’ leader in points and rebounds with 24 and 10, respectively, but he was also their rock. Whenever Charlotte needed a basket to keep the Clippers at bay, Al delivered— even with DeAndre Jordan draped all over him.
X-Factor: The Clippers’ early mistakes. They turned it over five times in the first quarter, totalling 14 fumbles and 14 points allowed off turnovers to their nine. Eliminate that five-point difference and L.A. wins by one.
Defining moment: Over the course of the games final 60 seconds, the Clippers had three possessions to deliver. They faltered, going 1-5. Where the Bobcats prospered without Kemba Walker, the Clippers sorely missed their floor leader and crunch time aficionado, Chris Paul.
— Seerat Sohi
Tweet(s) of the Night
It's like Josh McRoberts went to Halloween as the lead singer from My Morning Jacket and never took the costume off.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) January 23, 2014
The Depth Charge
|Byron Mullens, C||2||0-2||0-1||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-5||0|
|Ryan Hollins, C||11||1-1||0-0||0-0||1||2||3||1||0||0||0||0||-6||2|
|Antawn Jamison, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Hedo Turkoglu, PF||12||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||2||0||0||0||2||-5||0|
ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
End after the 38:30 mark — that’s when the CBL crew starts asking the audience for a topic to draft on and #JovanFetish happens.
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The Third Man
Rivers has shown a propensity to test out bench players in the first half of games. Ryan Hollins get spot minutes in the first half, maybe an occasional Byron Mullens showing. The opening two quarters are an experiment.
In the second half, Doc rarely lets both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin off the floor at the same time. And when one big is off the floor, going small has been the lineup du jour. Jordan struggled with foul trouble tonight, as evidenced by his 32 minutes, about four minutes below his season average. Griffin required his customary rest at the start of the fourth quarter, moreso in this match as the only Clipper able to generate consistent offense throughout.
That led to an awkward first 5:17 of the fourth quarter, when both Jordan and Griffin sat. The score was 70-72 Bobcats to end the third. By the time the Clippers’ starting frontcourt returned? 78-84.
The Clippers still had opportunities to win late–end-of-game planning being a different topic of discussion–but the old worry is again new: what do the Clippers do without a reliable third big?
– Andrew Han
Mimicry At Work
Guard X runs the pick and roll with Blake Griffin. Griffin receives the ball. DeAndre Jordan’s defender rushes toward Griffin to help. Griffin lobs the ball to D.J. for an easy dunk. We’ve seen this play executed so many times that explaining it feels pointless.
But tonight, Griffin and D.J. played role reversal and Jordan connected with Griffin for a lob from all the way out at the 3-point line. It’s no secret that teammates constantly try to parse out each others games in an effort to learn or approve. As far as results go, it doesn’t get more fleshed out than this.
– Seerat Sohi