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Clippers fall in Rose Garden 97-105

In NBA: LA Clippers on January 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

The Clippers lose, 97-105, in a physical battle against the Trailblazers, who continues to be unbeaten in their vicious Rose Garden.

Despite finally out-rebounding a team, 39-34, with 13 of the 39 being offensive rebounds, the Clippers weren’t able to dig themselves out of their 2nd quarter deficit.

Portland got off to a hot start with Gerald Wallace, who was scoreless in their New Years match, hitting consecutive jumpers and fouling out of the game with 20 points on 8-12 shooting. The Clippers were struggling to get the ball to go through the hoop, only hitting 33% of their shots. However, they went on a quick run with Mo Williams coming off the bench, making seven points in under four minutes and 14 to finish the game, ending the quarter 26-24.

CP3 got into foul trouble quickly, receiving his third with seven minutes left in the 2nd quarter. He sat out the rest of the half with 0-3 shooting, 1 assist and 3 rebounds. Blake Griffin continued to be double-teamed, but finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, also hitting three consecutive jumpers in the third quarter on Lamarcus Aldridge who had 18 points and 7 rebounds of his own.

Caron Butler, who has been consistent throughout the season, continued to quietly contribute his 20 points and 6 rebounds. Reggie Evans also continues to be a threat on the glass with 7 boards in 16 minutes.

The closest the Clips got to Portland was after Chauncey, who had 19 points, hit a three, making it a two point game, 80-82. However, Portland came right back on a 7-0 run, giving them a nine point lead. Every time the Clips cut the lead, Portland made more shots to keep their lead.

With just a little over 20 seconds left the Clips were down three, 97-100, but missed key free throws, one by Billups which was his first miss of the season, and had a couple key turnovers in the final seconds of the game by Blake Griffin. They were just unable to execute their plays in the final minutes.

The Clips didn’t have a horrendous night, but they let Portland outwork them on both ends. They gave Wallace, Aldridge, and Wesley Matthews too many easy looks, especially in the second half. Portland also got sent to the line 32 times and were able to get 26 points from free throws, while the Clips got 17 of their 24 attempts. Whistles were constantly blown by the refs as both teams became chippy with one another, being very physical.

At times, the Clippers seem to be unorganized on their offense, but they need to figure out to jell quicker as they return home to play Miami on Wednesday night and the Lakers on Saturday night.

What Went Wrong?

It won’t happen very often, but CP3 getting into foul trouble hurt the Clippers badly. Without CP3 on the court for most of the first half, Raymond Felton was able to have a smooth first half. However, when Paul came back, he forced two critical turnovers on Felton in the final minutes of the game. Also, with CP3 on the bench, he wasn’t able to be on the court to make plays for his teammates, which led to the Clips’ sloppy offense.

DeAndre Jordan, who blocked 4 shots, but only had 4 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes, seemed to have disappeared. For someone who stands at 6’11 and  has a wingspan of 7’6 should be recording double digits in rebounds. He grabbed 11 rebounds, his only double digit, in their last game against Portland on New Years, but failed to grab more than 8 in any other game this season. His agressiveness seems to have gone down and he doesn’t battle his opponents for rebounds like last season as he averaged 7.2 rebounds in 25 minutes compared to 6.7 rebounds in 31 minutes this season.

Brian Cook went scoreless on 0-3 fg’s and 0-2 from behind the arc in his 4:50 minutes of play, which resulted in a -14 in his +/- rating. He fails to make open shots and only contributes to his reputation of becoming the next Luke Walton for the Clippers. (I honestly think Trey Thompkins would do a better job in replacing Cook who can’t even do his job of hitting some 3’s once in a while).

Lastly, Vinny Del Negro’s inability to draw up good plays in the final minutes of a game. Portland deserved to win (and I’m not taking any credit away from them), but with a better coach with more experience, the Clippers can get to a whole other level, fast.
Jerry Sloan? Stockton & Malone = CP3 & Griffin?

Next Game: vs. Miami, Wednesday 1/11/12

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Third straight win vs. Bucks

In NBA: LA Clippers on January 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

A game that should’ve been an easy victory for the Clips became harder than expected in their 92-86 win against the Bucks.

The Bucks didn’t have their starting center, Andrew Bogut, due to personal reasons, along with three reserves and Brockman who left in the first half with an eye contusion.

The first quarter started off with a 8-1 lead for the Clips, until the Bucks went on a 10-3 run. During the second quarter, the Clips were unable to get a point for four straight minutes until Billups, shooting 100%, drew a foul and made two in a row. After another 2 1/2 minutes, they were finally able to get a shot from Caron Butler, who had 20 points and six rebounds of his own. Reggie Evans, who came in for the first time was able to get his first three rebounds within a minute. He’s proven himself to be a rebounding machine and a defensive energizer, but his free throw shooting was horrendous, going one of six from the line. The Clips were being outworked by the Bucks, but both teams shot horribly in the first half, ending in a Bucks lead of 40-38.

Third quarter starts have been the game-changer for the Clippers this year. Caron Butler quietly lead the team by making 13 of his 20 points in the third. The momentum completely shifted over to the Clips after Blake’s three consecutive highlight plays, all assists from CP3, and two of them being thunderous dunks. The Clips had 34 points in the third quarter alone, while Blake finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots.

The Bucks trailed the rest of the way, but were still able to remain within reach with Brandon Jennings 21 points, six rebounds, and seven assists.

Chris Paul contributed with 9 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals, but also had 4 turnovers. His presence continues to be effective despite his low-scoring games. Chauncey quietly added 19 points of his own making all seven of his free throws. Mo Williams, another energizing reserve, came off the bench and added 10 points in 21 minutes and an amazing blocked shot on Brandon Jenning’s three point attempt. DJ, who had a quiet night due to foul trouble, finished with 3 points from the line, missing his other 3, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

Problems

Rebounding continues to be a problem for the Clippers who was out-rebounded for the fifth game in a row, only grabbing 37 against Bucks’ 42. The effort was a lot better tonight with Blake grabbing 14 rebounds of his own, but the Clips should be able to box out most teams and out rebound them.

Free throws have also been another problem for starters, Blake and DJ, who get sent to the line more than most of their other starters. Evans, who got sent to the line six times, only made one. The team only made 65% of their free throws, 26 of 40, when making those shots alone could’ve blown the Bucks away. The Clips only shot 45% of their field goals, but, luckily, they were able to hold the Bucks to a field goal percentage of 36.

Turnover rates for the Clippers continue to be inconsistent, with 14 against the Bucks. With only seven against the Rockets a few nights ago, the Clips finished the half with eight turnovers.

If the Clippers are able to out-rebound their opponents, which they should be able to, make their free throws, and turn the ball over less, they can be a very dangerous team.

Next game: Tuesday, 1/10, vs. Portland

Clippers blow out the Rockets 117-89

In NBA: LA Clippers on January 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

In the battle between Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry (17 points and 5 assists), a very underrated guard, Paul won. With Paul starting the game scoring points along with Blake’s 1st quarter start, the Clippers were able to open a big margin in the first quarter, scoring 41 points while giving the Rockets only 26. CP3 finished with 20 points on 9 of 14 field goals attempts, 2 of 3 behind the arc, 10 assists, and 3 steals. Blake Griffin also had a great shooting night, finishing with 22 points on 10-15 field goal attempts.

Chauncey Billups came back and gave 13 points of his own, along with Caron Butler’s 11 points. Randy Foye came off the bench in the 4th quarter and went on a little run of his own, scoring 12 in the last quarter.

While the Clips’ defense wasn’t too great in the first quarter, their defense is what gave them the victory in the last 3 quarters. Both teams shooting above 50% into the 2nd quarter, the Clips were able to hold them to 46.1% while they shot 57.3% to end the game.

However, Clippers were still not able to out-rebound their opponent, both teams having 33 rebounds, despite the Rockets’ undersized team. The length of DeAndre Jordan and Blake should take over the boards, but they continue to get beat in every game.

A big improvement from last year is their average number of turnovers, only having 7 tonight and forcing 19 on Houston. This leads to less opportunities for their opponents to score and gain back momentum, but their defense must continue to intensify each game. Jordan, the leader of blocked shots, had none tonight, but was still able to change the direction of his opponents’ shots. If they continue to play defense, their offense will come naturally, like tonight.

Tonight, the Clippers were Lob Angeles, throwing more oops than any other game this season back and forth with DJ and Blake. With another sell-out crowd, the stadium was loud and proud.

After opening the margin by more than 20 points, the starting line-up for the Clips were able to rest for most of the 4th quarter and give the reserves a chance to play. Rookie, Travis Leslie, gets an alley oop assist from Trey Thompkins to score his first NBA basket. Despite all the fame and attention the starters get, they still continue to cheer on their team and show excitement off the bench.

Next game: vs. Bucks on Saturday 1/7

Clippers starting off the new year with a win

In NBA: LA Clippers on January 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

The Clippers were able to start the new year with a win against Portland in a 93-88 victory.

They had a solid start in the first quarter with the ball moving more and CP3 getting his teammates open shots.

CP3 was able to seal the deal, once again, after Portland came back up from a 17 point deficit, with his lucky 3-point buzzer beater andd drive-in layup with 9.3 seconds left on the clock. He finished the game with 17 points and 7 assists. This is why CP3 is a superstar. He’s able to score points in the final minutes and lead the Clips to a W.

With their improvement on defense, the Clips were able to hold the Blazers to 42.3% from the field and 26.7% from the three. They also came right out the gate with Blake, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds, exercising his mid-range jumpers and making his first attempts. However, he had a team-high of 5 turnovers of his team’s season-high total of 21. The Clips failed to out-rebound their opponents again with 38 rebounds, but luckily, they also forced the Blazers to 21 turnovers. Even with a little improvement from their last two games, the Clippers will improve much more as the season goes on. Blake Griffin states that they’re still “figuring each other out and can be even better.”

Caron Butler also had his best game in a Clippers uniform with 19 points and 5 rebounds; two points also came from a nice dunk of his own.

Randy Foye started in for Chauncey Billups, who’s still out from a sore right groin, and added 8 points of his own.

Mo Williams, who came out with lots of energy from the bench, added 13 points and 5 assists. He’s been embracing his role as a reserve and has shown great energy to keep the team running.

DeAndre Jordan got 9 points and 11 rebounds. Averaging the highest number of blocked shots this season, he was only able to get 1 tonight. However, with his attempts, he changed the direction of many shots and led to a Clippers’ possession.

Portland was coming back from three long quarters of sloppiness, and cut the 17 point deficit to 2, until Chris Paul decided to take over and work all over the place, offensively and defensively. He took on Jamal Crawford, a previous 6th man of the year, who had 23 points off the bench, and held him down. CP3 was also able to jump ball against Marcus Camby, and won.

While the Clippers were able to pull through with a New Year win, they still have much to improve on before they become true contenders. They’ll continue to be tested throughout the season, but they will also improve tremendously. They need to raise their efforts on rebounding as well as defense.

The Clips didn’t shoot extremely well, 48% from the field, but were able to hold down their opponent and win.

Clippers will be taking on Houston Rockets on Wednesday night!

CP3 seals the deal in an ugly win

In NBA: LA Clippers on December 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm

The Clips took on the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day in an ugly 105-86 victory. Despite the 19-point win, the Clips were not anywhere near satisfied with their performance. There was no celebrating after the game, only disappointment. Rebounding still remained a problem and their offensive game was nowhere near pretty. However, their disappointed reactions only showed that they have high-expectations for themselves and are striving to become the best. This should only be encouraging for Clipper Nation.

Excitement roared in the Oracle Arena as the first game of the regular season was about to begin.

Clippers had a rough start with Warriors’ Biendrins and Lee taking charge in the paint with point and rebounds. Points went back and forth with Billups hitting his first 3 of the game, who was a reckless 6-19 from the field and 3-10 behind the arc. Mr. Big Shot continued to take reckless shots and unfortunately, continued to miss during those long stretches of ugly basketball.

Looking alone at Blake’s stats, 22 points and 7 rebounds, isn’t too shabby. But he’s Blake Griffin. Standards are set high for the power forward this year. Fans want to see more quality games.

DeAndre Jordan had a rough game as well, despite his monstrous block party, with 8 blocked shots. Yet, he only took 2 shot attempts, making one, and was 4 of 12 from the line. GSW decided to play hack-a-Jordan and fouled him 4 consecutive times. With none of his free throws falling, it wasn’t a horrible idea for the Warriors, but in the long-run it didn’t help one bit.

Stats don’t account for the performance of either teams. In the 19-point blowout, the Clips didn’t necessarily play better. They were just better. The game was dragged on for 3 1/2 quarters until the best player on the team, CP3, pressed on the gas and sealed the deal with his 3 consecutive jump shots.

This was the realization many came to after watching last night’s game. With the Clips’ potential on a completely different level than last year, they can get effortless wins ugly or pretty. The anticipation wasn’t anywhere near the two preseason games against the Lakers, but they still came out with an easy win. There was never a time during the game where I thought the Clippers were go ing to lose. Yes, the game dragged on with frustration after countless unorganized offensive plays, but the Clips were sure to come out with a win.

The point for the Clippers isn’t to have lobs left and right, but to play basketball and get a W any way possible and their first game of the season proved just that. No matter how ugly it can get, they’re looking to get a win.

Hopefully, these ugly games don’t occur often. But a win is a win.

Here are some highlights to cover for an unsatisfying victory:

DJ’s monstrous block leads to another highlight by Blake.

Caron Butler’s And-1 Rainbow shot

 

Next game: Wed. 12/28 @ San Antonio, 5:30 pm

NBA-craziness

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2011 at 2:48 am

The best way I can summarize yesterday is… the NBA went nuts!

Right when trades were allowed to take place, the whole league went bonkers. Constant news on Twitter popped up saying Caron Butler was traded to the Clippers, Shannon Brown to Phoenix, Big Baby to Orlando, Gilbert Arenas getting amnestied, ETC. Too many things to keep track of. However, the biggest trade that occurred yesterday was a 3-way trade between Hornets, Lakers, and Rockets with Chris Paul to the Lakers for Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol. There were a lot of positive reactions to this trade, but a lot of negative reactions as well. Sure, Chris Paul is arguably the best point guard in the league right now, but is he really worth Gasol and Odom? Without those two, the Lakers front court has completely disappeared. I doubt Bynum will be able to take care of things by himself when he can hardly control his anger. Which is why he’s being suspended for the first 5 games of the season after throwing Barea down to the ground in the playoffs last year. While I love the Clippers, I still support the Lakers, which is why I believe Chris Paul should not be traded to the Lakers in exchange for Odom and Gasol. I think Clippers would be a better fit for CP3, considering they don’t have a true point guard.

BUT, since David Stern vetoed the trade, I guess none of that really matters. For now…

As much as I love Dwight Howard, who’s already been out of the discussion for being traded to the Clippers, I have a hard time accepting him on the Clippers because…
1. I love Deandre Jordan, who’s just like a mini-Dwight Howard, and developing very quickly.
2. Eric Gordon is becoming one of the top shooting-guards in the league and is one of the most underrated SG’s as well.
3. I think Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin would clash in the front court. Yes, they would most likely be one of the most dominant front courts in the league, but if Dwight Howard comes, DJ and Eric are gone, meaning, the Clippers don’t have many other players to score.
So, I’m glad those trades did not happen.

We did get Caron Butler from Dallas. I can’t say much about him because I haven’t seen him play, but looking over his history, he’s been injured quite a bit. He’s never played a full season and is coming off a season-ending knee injury just last year. While he was healthy, he was definitely a great player, but if he’s someone who gets injured often I will definitely be disappointed. However, he did say to the media today that his knees were recovered and is no longer an issue. DJ Foster, the writer for Clippers.com, has been very against Caron Butler on the Clippers. While he admires him as a player, he believes he is not a good match for the team. But hopefully, he’s really fully healed and can help out the Clippers make the playoffs.

I’ve said this at the end of last year’s season, and I’ll say it again. I know the Clippers will make the playoffs this year. Yes, I’m a pretty die-hard fan for the Clippers and want the best for them, but I just have this gut feeling that it’s going to happen. I don’t even have to explain Blake Griffin. He is a motor that keeps running and he can’t be stopped. Okay… yes, he can, but he can only be better than last year, and the thought of that scares me. In a good way. We have DJ who took his abilities to a whole new level and proved to us that he can become a player like Dwight Howard in the future. Eric Gordon is a pure shooter who can make shots on demand. He goes hard to the basket and is a very physical player. Last, but not least, Mo Williams has experience under his belt and is a great outside shooter as well. Maybe they won’t be a top-seed, but at least and 8th seed is guaranteed.

Their schedule, as well as everyone else’s is rough, but they have young fresh legs… for the most part. So hopefully, it works to their advantage.

Christmas came a little early for us Clipper fans, who’ll be watching the Clippers take on the Golden State Warrios Christmas night! After about five months of no NBA, I’ve been waiting for this day to come! This is the first time in history the Clippers will be playing on Christmas Day. That’s what you call the Power of Blake. 

GO CLIPPERS!!!!