Posted on: January 15, 2010 6:55 pm

Clippers ---> Week 12

To add to the terrible news regarding Blake Griffin, the Clippers start off this week 0-2, with the toughest back to back of this season against the Lakers and Cavs. If they had started off 2-0, they could have used the momentum from those two to propel themselves into winning at least 1 of 2 in the upcoming back to back.

It doesn't help that they are currently on a 7 games in 12 nights stretch that only gives the team a day of rest before heading to Washington to face the Wizards to start off the Grammy road trip.

Injury Report

Games for this Week: (0-2) 17-20

January 12th at Memphis
--> Lost 102-104
The Clippers had an 11 point lead going into the 4th quarter. And they blew it. The Grizzlies stormed back in the fourth, led by Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay. They can also give credit to Marc Gasol for keeping the team alive throughout the night.

Without Marcus Camby, who was out with an illness, the Clippers got dominated on the glass, giving up 15 offensive rebounds.

The Clippers shot 54% for the night, usually leading to a victory, but their defensive, conservative basketball they play with a lead allowed the Grizzlies to get back into the game in the final quarter.

Honestly, these kind of losses disgust me. I think it's the coaching staff, but guys who have great performances and efforts, such as Baron Davis and DeAndre Jordan, who filled in for injured Chris Kaman, are wasted. Makes me sick. And I know DeAndre won't get even 5 minutes a game when Kaman gets back.

Player of the Game:
Baron Davis
- 27 pts, 12 rebs, 12 asts, 5 stls

Honorable Mention:
DeAndre Jordan
- 23 pts, 7 rebs, 3 blks

January 13th at New Orleans ---> Lost 94-102
The Hornets are on fire right now, and the Clippers just could not hit shots tonight. They shot an underwhelming 41%, and they were playing catchup with the Hornets all night.

I guess we see how much Chris Kaman means to the team.

Player of the Game:
Baron Davis
- 19 pts, 6 asts, 2 stls

Janurary 15th at Lakers
Just do what you did last week, and you will win. Pau Gasol will likely be back though.

January 16th vs. Cavaliers
Scouting Report:
- Contain LeBron James. Let him get 30+ but the assists need to be down. Make him isolate for his points.
- Win the rebound battle.
- Have to jump those passing lanes all night.
- Run to the shooters like Mo Williams

Quote of the Week ---> TBA
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Posted on: January 9, 2010 2:06 am
Edited on: January 15, 2010 6:23 pm

Clippers ---> Week 11

3-0 in a TOUGH 3 game week. Proud of the Clips, even for beating the Lakers. The focus is now going forward.

Injury Report

Games for this Week:
(3-0) 17-18

January 4th vs. Blazers
---> Won 105-95

The Big Payback, as James Brown used to say it. After losing up in Portland less than a week before, the Clippers bounce back with a victory over the same team at home.

Statistically, the score should have been 125-115, as both teams shot over 50% for the night. However, thanks to that ridiculously slow pace the Clippers run sometimes, the score was kept under 100. Martell Webster had a big game, and so did Andre Miller, but Brandon Roy was held in check all night. And so was Jerryd Bayless.

Ricky Davis, Craig Smith, and Sebastian Telfair came up big for the bench in their limited minutes, and should be the reasons for winning this game, along with defense.

Player of the Game: Marcus Camby
- 9 pts, 15 rebs, 6 asts, 3 blks

January 6th vs. Lakers ---> Won 102-91
Hurts too much to write about this. But I am proud of the Clippers to play like they did. But this is a Clipper blog, not a Laker blog.

Player of the Game:
Baron Davis
- 25 pts, 10 asts, 5 rebs

January 10th vs. Heat
---> Won 94-84

The Clippers contained Dwyane Wade, played excellent defense on every other heat player (except for Michael Beasley), as the Heat only shot 39% on the day.

The Clippers won the rebound battle by 13, and Marcus Camby equaled the amount of rebounds collected by Jermaine O'Neal, Udonis Haslem. Quentin Richardson, and Michael Beasley PUT TOGETHER.

However, the turnovers were a problem again for the Clippers, as they had 18.

Player of the Game: Chris Kaman
- 22 pts, 14 rebs, 2 blks

Honorable Mention:
Marcus Camby
- 6 pts, 17 rebs, 2 asts, 1 blk

Quote of the Week
---> Coach Mike Dunleavy

We've been playing really well. Our entire team has contributed.

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Posted on: January 9, 2010 1:48 am
Edited on: January 9, 2010 1:50 am

Clippers ---> Week 10

1-1 in a week is alright. In both games, the Clips played hard though. They barely lost to Portland, and had a nice win against the Sixers.

Games for this Week:
(1-1) 14-18

December 30th at Portland
---> Lost 99-103
The Clips hung around all game, and nearly had it in the closing moments. The offensive rebounds they gave up in this game killed them in the end, and so did their defense, as they let the Blazers shoot 50%.

Jerryd Bayless came off the bench and had 14 and 8 for the Blazers, and he gave them the extra lift that pushed them over the Clips for the victory.

Can't be mad about this loss.

Player of the Game:
Eric Gordon
- 24 pts, 6 rebs, 5 asts, 5 stls

Honorable Mention:
Chris Kaman
- 25 pts, 9 rebs, 2 blks

December 31st vs. Sixers
---> Won 104-88

Clippers ended the year on a high note with a win over Philly, in Elton Brand's return to LA.

The Clips were down by 2 at the half, but they came out in the 3rd quarter and blew the game wide open, and they rode the momentum to victory at home.

The Clippers played stifling D against Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young, holding the two to a combined 5-22 in the game, with a team percentage of 37.

And you know the Clippers' offense was rolling when Marcus Camby hit double figures, to round out to all 5 starters scoring 13+ points.
They won the rebound battle, but they turned the ball over too many times, totaling 20 (four players with 4 TOs). That needs to be fixed, over celebrating a victory.

Player of the Game: Chris Kaman
- 26 pts, 10 rebs, 4 asts, 2 blks

Honorable Mention:
Baron Davis
- 20 pts, 7 asts

Quote of the Week
---> Acting head coach Tony Brown

It was a group effort tonight.

See you next week.

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Posted on: December 21, 2009 6:58 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2010 1:21 am

Clippers ---> Week 9

1-4 in a tough week.. no excuse for that bad of a performance. Dropping further and further down the Western Conference ladder, and the midpoint of the season is fast approaching. At least they ended the week with a bang.

Injury Report

Games for this Week: (1-4) 13-18

December 21st at San Antonio
---> Lost 87-103

Duncan had an easy night, too easy. The Clips got dominated in the first & third quarters, and could not rebound from it.
The Clipper offense's flow was disrupted, and most of their points came from one-on-one plays, and the Clipper D had no answer for the Spurs either.

Spurs were extremely efficient from 3 as a team, shooting 50%, led by Keith Bogans shooting 3-4 from range.

Bench players like Roger Mason and Theo Ratliff came in during garbage time and kept the team energy and fire up to keep distancing the lead. Just a terrible performance by LA.

Player of the Game: Chris Kaman
- 23 pts, 15 rebs

December 22nd at Houston ---> Lost 99-108

Statistically, the Clippers should have won this game. They outshot Houston, out rebounded houston, etc. But Houston beat the Clippers by way of the free throw line, and playing smarter basketball.

Houston limited their turnovers, and didn't allow the Clipper offense to explode, as the Clips shot 50%, but only scored 99.
Carl Landry's heroic-type return injected a bunch of life into Houston, and he nearly single-handedly carried them to victory.

Tough loss for the Clips.

Player of the Game: Chris Kaman
- 29 pts, 7 rebs, 3 asts, 2 blks

Honorable Mention:
Marcus Camby
- 12 pts, 19 rebs, 3 asts, 3 blks

December 25th at Phoenix ---> Lost 93-124
When you don't play defense against Phoenix, you lose. Plain and simple. There was no real effort on defense from any Clipper player in that game.

December 27th vs. Celtics ---> Won 92-90
The Clippers put forth an amazing defensive effort against the Celtics tonight, holding Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to only 25 points combined.

Rondo scored a bunch, but he only had 6 assists, limiting his playmaking ability for the game. The Clippers got out-rebounded, but they made up for it by only having 5 turnovers, and shooting 50% from the field for the game. If only they took more shots..that excruciatingly slow Dunleavy pace.

The scoring load was carried by Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, and Eric Gordon, who scored 66 of the 92 Clipper points, capped by a Baron Davis game winner.

About the game winner: it really was a bad shot, as Rajon Rondo was all over Baron, and made him elevate as much as he could for a fadeaway 18 footer. But, somehow, it went in, and DeAndre Jordan ran onto the court like a child who just saw santa. I have never heard/seen Staples erupt the way it did for a Clipper game, and all of Clipper nation can pray that the Clippers will build off of this momentum and string some wins together.

Player of the Game: Baron Davis
- 24 pts, 13 asts, 3 stls

Honorable Mention: Chris Kaman
- 27 pts, 12 rebs

Quote of the Week
---> Ralph Lawler after Baron's game winner


See you next week.

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Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:18 am
Edited on: December 21, 2009 6:32 pm

Clippers ---> Week 8

Philadelphia is up Friday night to end the road trip. Got to end this week strongly, cause the road trip is not over yet.

Let's get it, Clips. A reminder of what I said "last week":
Marcus Camby needs to consistently be in the 10 point range, and Al Thornton needs to start shutting some folks down on the wings.

And a little change from Coach Dunleavy would be nice, too

Injury Report

Games for this Week:
(3-1) 12-14

December 14th vs. Wizards ---> Won 97-95
Brendan Haywood & co. had a field day on the offensive boards, but the Clips' failure on controlling the glass seemed to latch itself onto the Wizards as well. Overall, this was an extremely sloppy game, as both teams had 18 turnovers, missed open looks, turned the ball over via shotclock violation, etc.

The only reason the Clippers won this game is because they got hot at the right time. The Wizards bench, inept offensively, couldn't score, and the Clips starters eliminated the lead Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, & Caron Butler set up. They got momentum on their side and managed to stay together defensively in the final minutes to hold onto their slim lead.

Not a good win, but a W is a W, after all.

Player of the Game: Eric Gordon
- 29 pts, 5 stls

Honorable Mention: Chris Kaman
- 23 pts, 11 rebs, 4 asts, 3 blks, 2 stls

December 16th at Minnesota ---> Won 120-95

Only problem I had with this game, was that the Clippers gave up way too many offensive rebounds.
Otherwise, the defense was solid and agressive, and the offense was hitting on all cylinders.

Defense could be a little tighter, but this is a perfect offensive game for the Clippers. Key is building off of this win and taking the momentum into New York and Philadelphia.

Need to start off the first quarter better defensively, though. But the 2nd and 4th quarters were superb.

Player of the Game:
Chris Kaman
- 23 pts, 10 rebs

Honorable Mentions:
Baron Davis, Marcus Camby
- 13 pts, 8 rebs, 13 asts, 2 stls
- 10 pts, 18 rebs, 6 asts, 5 blks

December 18th at New York
---> Lost 91-95

Again, the Clippers can't sustain a lead. A lead that was as big as 20 in the first half was erased mostly in the third quarter, thanks to David Lee and Chris Duhon.

The defense in the second half was disgusting, and the Clippers got no ball movement for the majority of the game, relying on themselves to get their buckets. They fell in love with the jumper, especially Baron Davis and Rasual Butler, and went away from Chris Kaman, who started off on fire in the first.

Plus - Coach Dunleavy, I would think that Ricky Davis, Brian Skinner, and Craig Smith have earned play time. Thank You.

Player of the Game:
Chris Kaman
- 20 pts, 9 rebs

December 19th at Philadelphia ---> Won 112-107
The Clippers played an efficient and balanced offensive game, but their lack of consistent defense, and Marreese Speights giving the team and crowd energy, the Sixers were allowed to hang around, and force overtime.

The Clippers owe this game to the refs, too. Andre Igoudala hit a game winner with regulation ending, but the refs waved it off, as he did not release the ball in time.

Coach Mike Dunleavy only played eight players, which is a worry, to me. Guys on that bench have earned and deserve playing time, in my opinion.

Player of the Game:
Chris Kaman
- 24 pts, 11 rebs, 4 asts, 2 blks

Honorable Mention:
Marcus Camby
- 11 pts, 22 rebs, 3 asts, 3 blks

Quote of the Week ---> Chris Kaman

We're getting a step closer every time. I'm getting excited for this team. We've been playing pretty well

See you next week.
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Posted on: December 10, 2009 8:15 pm
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Clippers ---> Week 7

Recap: Went 0-2 this week, but hey, both were tough matchups. The offense and defense both need to get on the same page consistently if the Clippers want to even dream of the playoffs.

Hey, at least Baron isn't shooting like crap anymore. Foot in mouth
Marcus Camby needs to consistently be in the 10 point range, and Al Thornton needs to start shutting some folks down on the wings.

And a little change from Coach Dunleavy would be nice, too.

Injury Report

Games for this Week: (0-2) 9-13

December 8th vs. Magic ---> Lost 86-97
After falling behind by 10 in the first quarter, and giving up 34 points, the Clippers mounted a gradual comeback which culminated in them tying the game on a Gordon bucket in the third.

But, as is the case for the Clippers all season, they meltdown in a major way in the fourth.

Dwight Howard dominated Chris Kaman.. he's too big, strong, and athletic for him to handle. But, the Magic as a team killed the Clippers from the 3-point line (14-34), guys like Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, etc, were getting open looks due to the Clips' collapsing on Dwight.

Clips got out-rebounded, no surprise, and shot only 40% from the field. Only 12 turnovers is a good sign, but letting Dwight light you up for 7 blocks isn't. Jump in the dude's chest, and alter your shot to make sure he hits your arm. The lack of adjustment in that aspect, basically lost them the game. Their rhythm around the basket was off, and Kaman tried way too hard to get his points. 8-22? really? Nice to see Baron with 11 assists.

Player of the Game: Baron Davis
- 18 pts, 11 asts, 3 stls

December 13th vs. Spurs
---> Lost 90-115

The Spurs got an early lead in the first, and their bench exploded to double the lead by the end of the game. Duncan indeed got his, scoring wise, but Tony Parker got inside easily.

Roger Mason, Matt Bonner, and Manu Ginobili KILLED the Clippers from long range, and DeJuan Blair/George Hill complimented them on the inside.

The Spurs, a mediocre to above average offensive team at best, shot 57% from the field en route to 115 points. Keith Bogans gave Eric Gordon fits all night, and the Spurs showed that the Clips are still a long ways away from being a "team".

Player of the Game: Baron Davis
- 20 pts, 6 asts, 2 blks

Quote of the Week
---> Coach Mike Dunleavy

We just shot ourselves in the foot.

See you next Week.

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Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:33 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2009 3:08 am

Clippers ---> Week 6

The Clippers are hot. On Sunday, the Clippers played the best 5 minutes of basketball I have ever seen from a team, as they embarked on a 22-0 run to come back from a huge deficit earlier in the game to beat the Memphis Grizzlies at home.

Question: Can they sustain play like that? Or close to it? The defense was straight-jacket type defense, and the outlet passing on the breaks were sharp and crisp, and the players were finishing plays and connecting at the line.

Eric Gordon came back, but is questionable for Monday's game with a sore hamstring. Blake Griffin is due back mid-December, which translates to around two weeks away.

Clips need to have another winning week to get back over .500, and get their name out there... teams need to start respecting them.
Only two games... both seriously winnable.

Injury Report

Games for this Week: (1-1) 9-11

December 2nd vs. Rockets ---> Lost 85-102

Luis Scola played. And the Clippers played flat offense again. Granted, the Rockets are a good defensive team, but the Clippers were only 1-14 from 3, while the Rockets were 12-23 from 3, which gave them a 33 point advantage there. Dribble penetration completely obliterated the Clipper D, similar to the game at Indiana.

Aaron Brooks, Chase Budinger, and Trevor Ariza provided the majority of the scoring, and the three point shooting, as they went a combined 8-14 from 3.

Player of the Game:
Marcus Camby
- 9 pts, 19 rebs, 5 stls, 4 asts

December 5th vs. Pacers ---> Won 88-72

Offense was a little better, but still mediocre. The defense was excellent, though. The Pacers were held to 37% shooting, even though the Clippers shot 35%, were outrebounded by 24, and shot 12 less free throws than the Clippers.

T.J. Ford had 0 points and, thankfully for the Clippers, Troy Murphy didn't get many touches.

Player of the Game: Marcus Camby
- 12 pts, 17 rebs, 6 asts, 3 blks

Quote of the Week ---> Dan Arritt of NBA.com on Clppers-Pacers game.

Though neither team was able to lift their level of play, at least somebody went home satisfied.

See you next Week.
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