Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Blake Griffin was effective both inside and outside of the paint to the tune of 34 points, hitting 15 of his 30 attempts while adding 5 rebounds and 7 assists. This was his second 34 point performance of the season against the Pistons.
That was … a successful road trip: It certainly hasn’t been pretty this season — especially the way the Clippers have played their 4th quarters, with this game included — but winning tonight concluded a 4-1 road trip for the team and now puts them above .500 both at home and on the road. They are only one of four Western Conference teams that currently hold that distinction, with Golden State, San Antonio, and Dallas being the others.
X factor: On the second of two Jamal Crawford free throws which brought the Clippers deficit to two, J.J. Redick mauled Andre Drummond on the rebound attempt, which is one of the few moments within the 2 minute mark that teams are allowed to foul a bad free throw shooter without additional penalty. Drummond would only make one of his two attempts from the charity stripe, and on the ensuing play, Redick would nail a corner three to tie the game and give his team the chance to win in overtime.
— Brandon Tomyoy
Tweet(s) Of The Game
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) December 15, 2015
Doc said theyve worked on the FT line foul before. "It was hilarious too because when we did it, we didn’t tell D.J. it was going to happen"
— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) December 15, 2015
DeAndre's eye roll of disbelief after the win 🙄 pic.twitter.com/INt2H7Wm9a
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) December 15, 2015
Check Your Messages
Protect Your Rep
A funny thing happens when you’ve earned a reputation. People treat you differently.You know that wherever you go, it’s generally understood that your behavior, your walk, your talk, your habits can be predicted – even assumed. “I assumed you’d be on time, I assumed you’d pass that test, I assumed you’d take that shot.” So… what happens when you stop living up to that assumption?
If you ask Jamal Crawford, the answer might be a little discouraging. For fifteen seasons, it was assumed that J. Crossover, the human Crock Pot, would take – and make – bad shots. He’d befuddle the defense with a dazzling display of handles that would leave his defender looking the wrong direction as he launched a high-arcing, long-range missile of a three – until recently. Since the end of last season and all through this one Jamal has been … off. Sure, there have been sporadic, vintage-Jamal performances here and there, but largely it’s seemed that the magic was gone.
Maybe that explains why Andre Drummond made the decision to double team Blake Griffin on the Clippers’ final possession of the game. Maybe Jamal’s reputation has changed; it’s still assumed that he’ll take the shot, but not so much that he’ll make it. This is where a change in reputation, however deflating it may be, can be a blessing in disguise. Because maybe, just maybe, you’ll be handed the opening you need to prove that assumption wrong, if only for a moment reasserting your old reputation, and telling the haters, doubters, nay-sayers and non-believers, “Not yet.”
– Aaron Williams
This was a huge win for no other reason than just building momentum. The first month+ of the season has been littered with bad losses, questionable effort, and very little sign of consistency. Stringing together wins, particularly like this one go a long way to solidifying their turnaround. The last game on a road trip is always the toughest — wary bodies are anxiously longing for the rest and recovery home surroundings can provide.
Rolling into Detroit as the visiting team is no longer a guaranteed win. Stan Van Gundy heads a largely rejuvenated, and improved defensive team — starting with Andre Drummond. Countering his presence is not an independent task. Leaning once again on the familiar formula of J.J. Redick’s shooting, Blake Griffin’s scoring dominance, and Chris Paul’s playmaking prowess proved to be fruitful. That, along with some bench influence, will need to continue in order to ride the forward progress and continue their upward march.
– Kaveh Jam
Jekyll, Hyde & We
Are the Clippers more often the team that allows a ten-point fourth quarter lead to become a six-point deficit, or the team that calmly rallied back to tie the game and win in overtime?
Are they the team that misses consecutive rim runs by DeAndre Jordan when they need a score late in the game, or the one that catches J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford for clutch threes in order to take control?
Are they the team that started off 7-8, or the team that has won 8 of their last 10?
The schizophrenic nature of this team can’t be good for the long-term wellness of their followers, and yet so much of why this team frustrates in the way it does seems rooted in not knowing what this team really is.
“Lob City” was an identity at a time, whether the players liked it or not. But what is the identity now?
– Brandon Tomyoy