Speights agreed to a deal with the Clippers Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Size and scoring were two needs the Clippers needed to address this offseason, and in signing Speights, they have essentially done both. Coming off a year where he shot 39 percent from behind the arc, Speights proved that he can be a versatile floor spacer in the frontcourt, which is something the Clippers have severely lacked the past couple of seasons. The 28-year-old should find a legitimate role in Los Angeles' rotation as both a power forward and center so long as he continues to be accurate from deep.
Speights finished with zero points (0-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal across 11 minutes during the Warriors' 112-97 loss to the Cavaliers in Monday's Game 5. After not receiving any playing time in Game 4 for the first time in the playoffs, Speights struggled badly in Game 5. With Andrew Bogut (knee) questionable for Thursday's Game 6, Speights might be in line to see double-digit minutes once again. However, if he isn't getting it done on offense, Speights offers very little on defense, and Warriors' coach Steve Kerr can just as easily turn to Anderson Varejao, Festus Ezeli, or James McAdoo. Furthermore, Draymond Green (suspension) may spend ample time at center, so it's tough to trust Speights--especially when he is averaging just six minutes per game in the NBA Finals.
Speights scored 14 points (4-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT) in just nine minutes Thursday night in Golden State's 120-111 win over Oklahoma City in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. For the second time in the series, Mo Buckets showed up for Golden State. He looked for his shot and played aggressive defense getting out out on the screen-and-rolls. He was on the floor for the beginning of the fourth quarter, a pivotal stretch, when the Warriors surged with an 8-0 run to extend their lead to double-digits. The bench has largely been invisible during the series, so it was good to see Speights, Andre Iguodala (eight points, eight assists) and Shaun Livingston (six points) provide some support for the starting unit. Speights and the Warriors head out to Oklahoma City for Saturday's Game 6, their second straight elimination game.
Speights contributed five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and four rebounds across nine minutes in Wednesday's 125-121 Game 5 win over the Trail Blazers. Andrew Bogut ended up missing the second half with a hip injury, but it didn't result in any increased action for Speights, as coach Steve Kerr primarily relied on Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli to fill the minutes at center. Speights didn't see more than 10 minutes in any of the five games during the series with the Trail Blazers, as most of the contests were competitive and necessitated that the Warriors' starters take on more minutes.
Speights scored a team-high 22 points (7-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds and a block over 18 minutes in Thursday's 101-85 Game 3 loss to the Rockets. The veteran big man was incredibly efficient over his modest time on the court, and managed to do a little bit of everything in the process. He even had his long-range shot dropping, and appeared honed in on taking a substantial degree of scoring responsibility on his shoulders with Stephen Curry (ankle) out for a second straight game. If Speights can maintain the aggression and effectiveness on offense that he displayed Thursday, the Warriors will even tougher to topple, regardless of Curry's status.
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