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Clippers ---> Week 8 [Road Trekkin']

Posted on: December 14, 2008 8:45 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2008 10:51 pm
 
Play Loud!!

Coming out of last week, I have high hopes for this Clipper team, which starts at their newest acquisition, Zach Randolph.
He's been on a tear since he's arrived, scoring and rebounding in the post, paired with a newfound jumpshot.

He could be an all-star this season if he continues on this pace of late. But Al Thorton looks to benefit the most because it takes attention off of him in the frontcourt, allowing him to run un-attentive defenses ragged. They are a tandem to be reckoned with.

Once Kaman and Ricky Davis get back and revitalizes the bench, this team can make a serious run for the playoffs, only if they continue to play defense like they did Saturday night.

Another 4 games in 5 nights stretch this week, and they're all winnable games against teams fighting to stay in the pack for the playoffs.



Games for this Week:
2-2 (8-19)


Dec 16th @ Oklahoma City ---> Won 98-88

Nice win, plus the defense held them under 90 points.

In the end of the 3rd quarter, Camby and Randolph went to work, scoring 3 of the next 4 baskets off of offensive rebounds, and giving the Clips the slight lead going in to the 4th.
The Clips put them away in the 4th quarter, pushed by a 10-0 run to put the game away.

This is a textbook win for them, and this winning streak should continue through the rest of the week, even though this win has come against a weak team.

Hey, a win is a win.


                                                                
22 pts - 13 rebs - 4asts                              19 pts - 7asts - 33% FGs                                   22 pts - 63% FGs



Dec 17th @ Chicago
---> Lost 109-115 in OT

Great, valiant effort by the Clips, but just didn't have enough gas in the tank to pull the game out in late regulation and OT.
Even though some controversial calls went the Bulls' way, the and-1 by Ben Gordon on a three-point attempt, fouled by rookie Eric Gordon.

Instead of playing defense, they spent time complaining about Andres Nocioni's flopping, which came back to haunt them in OT.

Ridiculous game by Camby, who took full advantage of a small Bulls frontcourt.


I credit this loss to the heavy minutes played by the starters..over 40 minutes played by every single one, and the bench was a non-factor again in this game. They're not going to win with tired stars out there..and if your bench can't play, they can't be counted on..not the way to Coach a young team.

Coming back strong in the next game is key for the Clips to succeed.

                                                                
19 pts - 27rebs - 4blks                                 30 pts - 8rebs - 6asts                               16 pts - 12 asts - 26% FGs



Dec 19th @ Indiana
---> Won 117-109 in 2OT

Great job in keeping a high octane scoring team under 110 points in double OT, including 97 in regulation.

Even though they couldn't control the boards, they succeeded in not allowing the Pacers to get a rhythm on offense, and coming back strong towards the finish after falling behind in the first quarter.

Z-Bo came up huge again, along with Marcus Camby, but Al Thorton played Kobe in this game, scoring 25 points and coming through with a big 3 late in the game..Baron shared the rock all game, and E.G had a solid all around game.

The minutes are becoming a huge problem though..this is adding years on the bodies of these starters..48 minutes played by ALL starters, including 50 by rookie Eric Gordon, who spent the game chasing T.J Ford along with Baron Davis.

If they're not careful, this is going to come back to haunt them.

                                                                 
30 pts - 16 rebs - 4 asts                         20 pts - 12 rebs - 2 blks - 3 stls                                 25 pts - 4 stls


Dec 20th @ Milwaukee
---> Lost 85-119

Damn shame. Came out flat from the first half..probably because of the heavy minutes the starters have played..just an utter disgrace. To allow that many points, but not score..they looked like a D-League team tonight.

Only good thing is the bench showed what it can do given the chance to, listen up coach!





Quote(s) of The Week
---> Zach Randolph

It definitely took a toll on us

We have the most minutes in the league as starters so it has been tough.

What I've been saying for a week and a half now..up to the Coach to decide what to do.


Peace! And Much Love To You.
-Prophetic
Category: NBA
Tags: Blog, Clippers, NBA
 
Comments

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2008 11:41 pm
 

Clippers ---> Week 8 [Road Trekkin']

Thanks Vic



Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2008 2:39 pm
 

Clippers ---> Week 8 [Road Trekkin']

Prophetic,

Whats up bud!  Sorry I havent been dropping in on your blogs man, been busy with mine and the Lakers.  I just got through reading most of them and excellent job my friend, I agree it is a little tiresome, I try to get mine in every Monday but this silly thing called life sometimes gets in the way.  Anyways looks like my sleeper team is starting to play well, what a great addition Zack Randolph has been and Marcus Camby has played out of his mind of late, I still think the Clippers have a chance to make a push, yeah its early and no one is really out of it but the Clips have a lot of catching up to do...

Keep up the great work man!




Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 10:28 pm
 

Clippers ---> Week 8 [Road Trekkin']

thanks Win, it does get tiring at times tho.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 7:20 pm
 

Clippers ---> Week 8 [Road Trekkin']

Bogie, your doing a great job! Keep up the good work my friend.


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