Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
MVP: Chris Paul only played 30 minutes, but he was the embodiment of a true point guard as he got everyone involved, dishing out 13 assists without ever turning over the ball. Paul got DeAndre Jordan several easy dunks early, then found Jamal Crawford open looks on the perimeter in the second before finding Blake Griffin in transition on four straight possessions in the third.
X factor: Hedo Turkoglu played 16 games with the Clippers coming into tonight, and in 170 minutes of action, he hit just three 3-pointers. Tonight, he drained four of them against the Pelicans, providing the Clippers with a spark off the bench to squash any hopes of a New Orleans comeback.
That was … a career night: Alexis Ajinca was a first-round pick who found himself out of the league just three years later. After two seasons in France, Ajinca has found his way back into the league and tonight he had a career-high 19 points to go along with 12 boards off the bench for the Pelicans.
— Michael McNamara
Tweet(s) of the Night
Al-Farouq Aminu's hair looks like Eddie Murphy's from Dr. Dolittle.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) February 25, 2014
Something must be wrong with my box sheet. It says Crawford is 7-12 from 3P.
— (Andrew Han) (@andrewthehan) February 25, 2014
The Depth Charge
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|Hedo Turkoglu, PF||15||4-10||4-7||0-0||1||3||4||1||0||0||0||4||-4||12|
ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
Fred and Patrick discuss tonight’s relatively boring game, and then delve into the Big Baby signing and his impact with the team.
Check Your Messages
Letter From The Future
Good game! This year can’t be easy for you. Your team’s second and third options are Eric Gordon’s unhappiness and Luke Babbitt’s hair, but, man, you’re dealing with it great. You’ve had your first TV commercial — about how you’re not famous! #irony — and your first All-Star game. Congratulations!
But I want to give you some advice: enjoy your free smoothies — you get those, right? — and Mardi Gras while while you can. Because even if you put up Tim Duncan numbers over the next few years, pretty soon people will start asking if you’re really a franchise player. They’ll ask why you haven’t improved more and they’ll say you’re not a winner. Don’t believe me? Ask Kevin Love. He was the greatest player in the league two years ago, and now he’s just a third wheel. I’ve been the best or second-best player in the league this month, but most of the talk has been about how Lebron James could be signed-and-traded for me. I mean, can you really see me in Miami? I’m a funny, ironic guy. The city of Miami is about as ironic as an unnecessary colonoscopy. And Kevin Durant only avoids this stuff because Russell Westbrook sticks his head up and intercepts all the poop which would usually be slung at his taller teammate.
Yes, in 18 months they’ll be saying you pay too much attention to manscaping and not enough to your game. Whatever. My advice is: ignore what everyone says. Because we’ll know better.
– J.D. Evans
A Tribe Called Turkey
It would have been easy to let this one slip away. On the second day of a back-to-back (the Clippers are just 5-7 on such days this season), on the heels of their biggest win of the season, on the road against a Pelicans teams that is, despite its record, talented and unconventional, with CP3’s offense quiet in the first half, it would have been an understandable night to have a let down. Instead, what we got was a mostly workmanlike victory with a few noteworthy performances.
Jamal Crawford came through once again in a way that feels routine now – 7 of 12 from three, including one four-point play and one dagger three to seal the deal. Matt Barnes continued his hot streak despite two sore ankles, scoring 12 important points. But the most encouraging shooting performance of the night was from a formerly ice-cold source: Hedo Turkoglu.
Turkoglu didn’t play yesterday against OKC and had scored just two points in his last five games, but tonight it seemed like he finally found his stroke. He scored 12 points in 15 minutes, and though he only shot 4-of-10 from the floor, all four of those buckets were from deep. He was clearly more confident in his game, even waving off a teammate to run a pick-and-roll for himself at one point.
If this means that Hedo is finally beginning to find his range and his nerve, it would be a great sign for the bench, which struggled on the whole despite Hedo’s stronger night. The Clippers still won’t be anywhere near the “A Tribe Called Bench” heyday, but between the addition of Glen Davis’ defense and spacing and Turkoglu’s shot the bench could be in for a sorely-needed boost.
– Ben Mesirow