Sugene Lee

Postgame 12/21: Clippers Win Again

In NBA: LA Clippers on December 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Another sold out arena in the Staples Center created an atmosphere of a regular season match against hallway rivalries. Clippers won in a 108-103 battle, but this time, it didn’t come so easily.

Although it was a Clippers home game, half the fans were on the Lakers side and voiced their support for the purple and gold team.

The Lakers came out stronger than they did Monday night in the first preseason game even without their star player, Kobe, who sat out with torn ligaments in his wrist after getting swatted by DeAndre Jordan. Derek Fisher started and ended with 11 points in 24 minutes in his first game after six long months. Ebanks came out strong in replace of Kobe making his first 3 shots and Gasol also made 5 of 7 shots with a result of 13 points in 30 minutes. But the nightly notable on the Lakers was Andrew Bynum. He hit 11 of 15 shots and had a Lakers team high of 26 points along with his 11 rebounds. If Bynum can stay healthy for a full season, he’ll be causing a lot of damage in the post, but how often has that happened?

As for the Clippers, they showed another trick up their sleeve with their new team. Monday night, they were able to prove to the league that they are capable of playing with the best, but Tuesday night, they showed that they can win after being down more than 10 points. They don’t need all their star players to score 10+ points to win a game. All they need is a little team work and help from one another whether it’s defensively or a little encouragement. Chris Paul didn’t need to score 17 points this game, just 10 assists. Billups also added just 8 points from a 23 point game from Monday night. When certain players don’t play as well, others will come along and help score.

DJ is continuing to show his worth in his position with three amazing block shots and crowd-roaring dunks.

Blake Griffin came back alive after a mediocre game from Monday night. He ended with 30 points on 11 of 17 shoots along with making 8 of his 10 free throws. Also adding a little defense to his game, he had 3 steals. After a flagrant 1 foul against Matt Barnes’ shove on Blake Griffin, the Clippers went on a 11-0 run and extended their lead by 12 points. He scored 9 of his 30 points in the final 5 minutes of the game easily against Troy Murphy of the Lakers. Just when the Lakers were catching up with only 2 minutes left on the clock, Blake took a momentum-changing charge by Matt Barnes and the game was over.

A weakness that still continued for Blake, and the Clippers as a whole was rebounding. The Clippers were disgracefully out rebounded by the Lakers of 44 while grabbing only 27 of their own. However, the game changer was the Clippers dramatic improvement on reducing their turnovers and increasing their opponent’s. They forced the Lakers to 22 turnovers, resulting in 30 points, while they only had 6 of their own.

While they still haven’t proven their worth of being the better L.A. team, they are coming together slowly and improving each day.

The first real game of the season will be on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors away from their home. This will be the Clippers first game on Christmas Day in history.

It’s going to be a good one, so don’t miss it!


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