For about 42 minutes, the Clippers choreograph a perfect evening of basketball. There’s an exquisite two man game [2nd, 2:34] with the young guys, Eric Gordon and Al Thornton where Al uses his muscle to seal off Jason Kidd for an easy layup. There’s Baron Davis [2nd, 1:20] masterfully skidding the ball bet[...]
This morning’s scouting report of the Clippers in the Dallas Morning News notes that the Clips “are a pitiful rebounding team.” The Clippers have a rebound rate of 47.2. That ranks them 29th in a 30-team league, ahead of only New York. The Knicks have an easy excuse: Mike D’Antoni teams are n[...]
Tim Thomas has always been regarded as a good fit for Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system. Unfortunately, that good fit looks like a tight fit right now: “[Thomas] might be a few pounds overweight,” D’Antoni said. Thomas, who came with Mobley from the Clippers, did not argue with D’Ant[...]
Familiarity is one of the true pleasures of following a pro sports team. It’s the same comfort you derive from turning on a really good TV series and knowing all the character attributes of Detective Jimmy McNulty, or Coach Eric Taylor, or Don and Betty Draper. The Clippers team of recent years was instantly re[...]
I agree with Kim Hughes that timeouts tend to be overvalued in last possession situations. Transition and general chaos always favor the offense, especially when the ball is in the hands of someone as effective in the open court as Baron Davis. As Hughes points out in Ramona Shelburne’s item, “Eric Gordon [...]
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