Sugene Lee

Embarrassing Loss for the Clips

In NBA: LA Clippers on December 29, 2011 at 4:47 am

up, DOWN, UP, DOWNNNN. Those were the emotions of the Clippers fans in tonight’s game against the Spurs.

Going against a championship caliber team, the Clippers failed to pass their test in a 90-115 loss.

The Clips had a horrendous start in the first quarter, only hitting 33% of their shots, missing wide open shots. The first 5 points went to the Clippers easily, but the next 6 came from Manu Ginobili hitting a 3 then 3 free throws. The Spurs went in a long run into the 2nd quarter, until the Clips climbed back up from a 14 point deficit to make it a tie. Only down 4 at the half, the Spurs ran away with it at the start of the 3rd quarter, outscoring the Clippers 38 to 17.

Manu Ginobili (24 points: 6-10 fg, 5-8 behind the arc, 7-7 from the line) ignited the fire for the Spurs, hitting 3’s along with Jefferson’s 19 points (8-9 from the field, 3-4 behind the arc). The Spurs are a fantastic team, but a game like tonight will not come in every game. Their Big 3, who have been together for 10 years, had a huge advantage over the Clips’ “Big 3” who have only been together for less than two weeks.

Sadly, Blake Griffin’s game-high 28 points on 11-19, didn’t make much of a difference against the Spurs. There were spurts of greatness in the first half, but overall it was embarrassing.

They were out rebounded, again, 30-43, only 17 assists (10 less than the Spurs), and their defense was just pathetic.

 

(I’m so frustrated at tonight’s game I just need to vent)

The Clippers have great players, and yes, they’re just getting to know each others’ game, but Vinny Del Negro’s coaching is just disappointing. They looked confused and had no idea what they were doing defensively. Letting any team score 115 points will give you a loss, and that’s exactly what the Clippers did tonight.

Chauncey Billups isn’t as consistent as I thought he would be after giving me high hopes following the first preseason game. He takes reckless shots and misses. CP3 is still CP3, but I wish he came out more aggressively. His competitiveness needs to come out and take control of the game and give his teammates a kick here and there.

Clippers’ front office needs to get a back-up center, and they need to stop putting Brian Cook in the game. I don’t care how many 3’s he makes during practice. If he can’t make them during the game, he’s pointless.

Tonight’s game was just disappointing and ugly. No other words to describe it.

Hopefully they come out and play better against the Bulls Friday night.

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