Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Much of the game looked like a contest of rookies against sophomores, and Justise Winslow was perhaps the best singular example of this. The second year forward’s 21 points lead all scorers, and his presence was noticeable on both ends of the floor.
That was … getting locked down: From the opening tip, Miami’s defense was active in the paint and along the perimeter, getting back and set as the Clippers brought the ball up court. The Clippers were clearly stifled, and were outscored 69-48 after the 0.8 mark of the first quarter, the only point where the Clippers held a lead in the game.
X factor: Just moments into the first quarter, C.J. Wilcox left the game, returning to the bench later with a cast on his right hand. With one of the roster’s better outside shooters now out of the game, the Clippers only managed 13 total attempts from behind the arc, making only three of them. Miami, on the other hand, would make 10 of their 27 attempts from deep.
— Brandon Tomyoy
Tweet(s) Of The Game
Just learned Willie Green, who's been helping with Clippers summer league team, is gonna be coaching in player development this season.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 2, 2016
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 2, 2016
— NBA (@NBA) July 2, 2016
Wilcox won't return with his right hand injury, which was obvious the way it's wrapped up. Team can't catch much of a break on that front.
— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) July 2, 2016
Check Your Messages
During the broadcast on NBA TV, Rick Kamla and Greg Anthony mentioned that the cheering coming from the Miami Heat bench — an action that was seen often among Miami’s play this afternoon — was unprecedented amongst the many Summer League teams they’ve watched through the years. That might be the case, but it shouldn’t be a surprise that the cohesiveness observed comes from a team that owns one of the strongest organizational cultures in all of the association.
It might be unfair then to expect the same from the Clippers at this juncture, especially as the team continues to build a vision and future for its own culture just two seasons into their new ownership.
But seeing Brendan O’Connor and Willie Green — two members of the Clippers player development team — take the time to counsel Brice Johnson during what was clearly a rough debut, it shows at least the seeds of investing into their younger core are there.