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Back on track

In NBA: LA Clippers on January 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Following a 17-game winning streak, going undefeated in the month of December, the Los Angeles Clippers dropped two straight against the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors on the road.

Dropping two games to start the new year was disappointing, but not devastating– especially for the Clippers. Dan Woike, reporter for Orange County Register, tweeted out that the music was still being played and jokes were still being made following a loss against the Nuggets. Hoping to bounce back the following night in Oakland, the Clippers fell again in a blow-out loss to the Warriors. However, that’s the game that brought the Clippers back two nights later.

“Battle of L.A” brought about just as much hype as it did the past year despite the losing record of the Los Angeles Lakers. Clippers were without Sixth-Man-of-the-Year candidate, Jamal Crawford (sore left foot), and starter, Caron Butler (personal reasons). After being blown out two nights in a row, “Battle of L.A.” was a game up for grabs, and the Clippers grabbed. Kobe almost saved the day in the 4th quarter, but Chris Paul came through with a dagger over Kobe and closed it out by scoring the last 8 points.

The following night, the Clippers detonated the Warriors in a revenge game after the Warriors’ bench mocked a Blake Griffin 3-pointer that hit the side of the backboard and Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson called Blake Griffin an “actor” following a hard fall from an arm-grabbing foul while going for a dunk. Chris Paul showed why he was the MVP after scoring 27 points (10-12 fg, 5-6 3-pt) and dishing out nine assists in just 28 minutes.

The Clippers remember each loss, but the loss against the Warriors early in November stayed in their minds after the Warriors celebrated, as Chris Paul and Matt Barnes described, like they won the NBA Finals. They understand that a target is on their backs and they know every team wants to beat the team with the best record in the NBA.

Being the team who has a bench deep enough to rest its starters in 4th quarters and a team chemistry that can’t be hidden on the court, bench, or the locker room are things struggling teams wish they had. Of course, winning creates more chemistry, but the Clippers stick together whether they win or lose.

After having three days of rest, the Clippers will take on the Dallas Mavericks, who now has Dirk Nowitzki, at home as they try to add another win to an ongoing home-winning streak to 13.

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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