Tag:Los Angeles Clippers
Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:14 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Have you seen Eric Bledsoe so far this season? The rookie from Kentucky has looked pretty terrific, most recently putting up 12 points and 13 assists in a loss to Denver Friday night. The Clippers have been watching obviously. And because of Bledsoe's play plus the fact Baron Davis is out of shape and potentially part of something the Clips want to begin moving past, Yahoo! Sports reports Davis may be on the trading block.
So who wants him? Who him, his out of shape body and his nearly $42 million contract that has three years left on it? Come, not everyone at once.
The Clippers may have Davis on the block, but that doesn't mean he'll be moved by any means. Not too many teams out there are interested in a washing up point guard that is often a locker room problem and only plays when he wants to. Plus, you've got to pay him big time for the next three seasons. Honestly, I can't think of a single team that would or should be interested.
Maybe there's potential to get a third team involved. Or maybe there's potential that Davis could be part of a Carmelo Anthony trade since the money works. Unlikely, clearly, but since I'm looking for something here, that's all I could come up with.
Davis has been out for a few games this season with a sore knee and as a result, Bledsoe has shown flashes of being able to handle the point guard duties while the Clippers rebuild. Because really, there's an exciting core there with Bledsoe, Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin. The Clips need to start moving on from some of the dead wood, but the problem is, they paid them too much to move them.
The shame is, when he's keyed in and ready to play, Davis can be as good as any point guard in the league. He can be a guy worth that remaining $42 million and someone to be part of building a contender in Los Angeles. Except, he came into the season out of shape and already appears to be tuning out Vinny Del Negro.
So while Davis may be up for grabs, I don't think you're going to see many hands go up to try and get him.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 2:40 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 2:42 pm
Posted by Royce Young
A report came out earlier in the week saying because of Al Horford's extension, the Hawks might not be able to keep Josh Smith and therefore, might be open to trading him.
And according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons might just be interested. (If not in Smith, then potentially Chris Kaman too.) Ellis says that once the Pistons sale goes official, they will strongly consider a Richard Hamilton for Josh Smith swap.
Wait, what? Hamilton for Smith... straight up? I'm not saying Richard Hamilton isn't a fine basketball player - because he is - but we're talking about Josh Smith here. Sure, Hamilton has a contract that's somewhat attractive ($12.5 million expiring in 2013) but it's not like it's the best thing ever. Hamilton is 32, has been in the league 11 years and his averages are taking a big dip (he's putting up 10.7 ppg this year). Smith, is a rare talent that's just 24 years old and potentially hasn't scraped his ceiling yet.
So yeah Joe Dumars, I guess I can understand why you'd "seriously consider" trading Richard Hamilton for Josh Smith. Here are a few more good trade ideas Dumars is seriously considering:
Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:58 am
Posted by Royce Young
Per ESPN Los Angeles , backup Clippers point guard Randy Foye will be out one to two weeks with a strained left hamstring. This comes after starter Baron Davis is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, who missed Monday's game against the Spurs because of it.
Because of the injuries, rookie Eric Bledsoe got the starting nod. And he actually didn't fare too badly in his first NBA start. In 40 minutes, he had nine points, three assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Bledsoe ended up playing a lot off the ball with Eric Gordon assuming the point guarding duties for most of the night. Gordon compiled a career-high 11 assists against the Spurs to go along with 23 points (and two massive dunks).
Foye has played in two games so far, averaging six points and three assists in 24 minutes a game.For the Clippers though, this is not great news. Some felt they could be a surprise playoff contender in the West but even at full strength they got off to a slow start. Now a couple injuries have hit and they could be digging themselves into a bit of a hole before the season even gets going. Vinny Del Negro will have to do some shuffling and hope that between Gordon and Bledsoe, the team can play somewhat coherently on the offensive end.
Though if Monday's game against the Spurs was any indication, there might be some rough stretches. And next up for the Clips is a game against the Thunder, one of the league best defensive teams that hasn't performed well on that end thus far and will be looking to make a statement.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:57 am
Deng does work with his mid-range, the Raptors do no work on the glass in the fourth, and Gordon does demolition work on the rim. All that and more in this edition of the Game Changer .
Posted by Matt Moore
Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer .
THE BIG ONE: DENG DOIN' WORK
In general, Nicolas Batum is a good defensive player. So is Wesley Matthews. Unfortunately, last night, they were completely overwhelmed by the rarest of finds: a fully functional Luol Deng. Not hampered by injury, a poor offensive system, or mental distractions, last night is a perfect example of what can happen when Deng is feeling it. Particularly, Deng's game is focused on the mid-range J. It's a highly inefficient shot, which is why he so rarely has nights like this. But when it's falling? Good night, nurse. Deng dropped 40 on the Bulls in a game that wasn't close right from the start. The Blazers just looked overwhelmed defensively. They couldn't protect the rim, and nothing was going to work on Deng. He kept nailing pull-up jumpers off the dribble, forcing them to close. Then he pump faked and got to the line. Take a look at his shot chart from CBSSports.com's Game Tracker .
That's a pretty good night from the field. When you're hot, you're hot.
Other than that? Not much to report. The Bulls' defense wasn't really all that stout, allowing a 110.1 efficiency for Portland, despite the Blazers shooting 41% from the field and 0.00% from the arc. 0-14 from the stripe for the Blazers. It was that kind of night. But 41 free throws helped them avoid getting wiped off the map while still being down too much to climb back from. The Blazers just looked a step behind on all their rotations, and the Bulls' offense was functioning at an extremely high level. Derrick Rose finishe with 16, 13, and 5, with 6 turnovers, and made a few absolutely gorgeous cross-court skip passes to Deng for open threes behind the baseline off-ball screen. Stuff you did not see out of the Bulls last year. Thibs has the offense going well, and with Deng hitting the jumper, that was all she wrote.
GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:Luol Deng: 40 points on 14-19 shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, +19
Tyreke Evans: 23 points on 9-16 shooting, 7 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Gary Neal: 16 points, 4-8 from 3-point land, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Eric Gordon: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, only Clippers starter with postiive plus/minus
DON'T MISS:Ken Berger posts on how the league needs to take note of what happened in the NHL Lockout. Check out Ken's Post-Ups with news from around the league on several subjects, including Derrick Favors, Nicolas Batum, and how the league is approaching the Knicks investigation. Be sure to check out the horror, the horror of the Mike Conley extension, and Royce Young covers what we learned in week one .
RAPTORS BOARD OUT OF THEIR MINDS:
The Raptors held a 34-25 advantage on the glass headed into last night's fourth quarter against the Kings. In related news, they held an eight point advantage. In the fourth quarter alone, they lost the rebounding battle by double (14-7, advantage Kings), and were outscored by 11. That was your ballgame. Andrea Bargnani was, for some weird reason, matched up with the bulkier, meaner DeMarcus Cousins, while Reggie Evans was forced to try and hold off the wiry, quicker Carl Landry. It made absolutely no sense and the results bore out. The Raptors had this game on lockdown and just let the Kings take it away from them. This despite Evans finishing with 19 rebounds, 10 offensive. That would make them Never Be Closing, I suppose.
In case you missed it last night:
The Clippers bench was outscored 32-7 last night in a nine point loss. For those of you keeping track, that means that the starters managed to outscore San Antonio's, but they couldn't handle Gary Neal and James Anderson. It at once says that the Clippers are far too woefully thin to be considered anything close to a playoff team this year, and that the Spurs have once again added young, versatile pieces which will help them this season. One game does not a season make, but the success the Spurs are having is a product of the system, and solid player acquisition. The smart get smarter, the Clips get Clipper.
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Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:42 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 11:59 pm
Posterized: adj. See: Anderson, James. Victim of: Gordon, Eric.
Posted by Matt Moore
I'm not even going to comment.
Okay, I'll comment briefly. As I said on Twitter, "Gordon just strapped C4 to the rim and said "Equipment Manager, please start over."
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 4:25 pm
Posted by Royce Young
In a sport where the regular season is six months long with 82 games packed in between, it's hard to really draw any meaningful conclusions from the opening week of the season. Some fans are panicking, some are filled with unbridled optimism and some are feeling more of the same after spending September convincing themselves, "No, I really think Thaddeus Young can be an All-Star and if so, who knows?"
So despite the fact that roughly only three percent of the season has been played, let's look at five, of what could be 500, things we've learned this far.
The Hornets might be kind of good. Chris Paul, remember that guy? He's pretty good. And his team, the Hornets? They might be too.
They're 3-0, with one of those wins coming on the road against the Spurs. They beat San Antonio, Milwaukee and Denver, three quality opponents that all were in the playoffs last season. They've yet to allow 100 points and are doing an outstanding job of sharing the ball and getting scoring from multiple spots.
With Paul back running the show and new additions Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli doing their parts to fill in some scoring, this team could be potentially dangerous. There's not a ton of depth there so if Paul or someone else goes out for an extended period, times get get tougher, but as of now, the 3-0 Hornets look fairly legit.
What makes the Heat scary isn't what you think it is. Teaming LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together likely makes opposing coaches think, "How in the bleep are we going to stop those guys?"
And while that's still true, the real question might should be, 'How in the bleep are we going to score on those guys?"
Nothing has been more impressive about the Heat thus far than their defense. Toss out any cliche NBA word and it works to describe it. Stifling. Swarming. Stingy. Scoring on the Heat right now is harder than scoring on San Francisco Giants. They can guard every position and their apparent weakness hasn't been exposed at all, even against the league's best big man in Dwight Howard.
The Heat lead the league in defensive efficiency, giving up just 86.6 points per 100 hundred possessions. That's outstanding.
Miami will be tough to beat throughout because of the matchup issues it creates, but what could make them a true title contender is the fact they don't let you score.
The Clippers are probably the Clippers again . In the opener against the Blazers, for three quarters there was legitimate reason for excitement in Clipperland. Blake Griffin looked fantastic, Eric Gordon was scoring and the team has some actual energy and excitement about it.
But as often happens with Clipper seasons, it could be over after that first game. There was some buzz surrounding this team as a potential dark horse in the West, but Sunday's game against the Mavericks really pointed out some serious issues.
The Clippers had no idea what to do offensively. There was no scheme or plan. It was all pointing, talking and bumping into each other. Whoever was running point was basically trying to draw a play from the top of the key as the 24 second clock ticked away. Griffin appeared to be a little frustrated, specifically in the fact that nobody seemed to be playing as hard as him.
It's early and the Clippers have enough talent win some games, but the first impression has been more of the same.
For some reason, Kurt Rambis just doesn't like Kevin Love . After three games, Kevin Love is fifth in the NBA with 13.0 rebounds per game. He's averaging 14 points per game. But here's the problem: He's averaging just 25.3 minutes per game.
Extend Love's current stats out to a per 40 minute average and he's putting up 22.1 ppg and 20.5 rpg. And yet, he continues to get bench minutes in what's now, a starter's role.
It's not like the Wolves are winning and Love is just fitting in. Right now, Minnesota is 1-2 and has struggled scoring (something Love does well). They are however the best rebounding team in the league with a plus-12.7 differential. Imagine how good they'd be if their best rebounder saw over 30 minutes a game?
The Kevin Love situation is honestly one of the most fascinating storylines in the league this season to me. He's Minnesota's best player, best scorer and best rebounder, yet he doesn't get as many minutes as Wayne Ellington, Michael Beasley or Luke Ridnour.
Now in Rambis' defense, nobody on the team averages more than 30 minutes per game and most everyone hovers under 25 minutes per. So maybe it's an institutional thing. But then again, maybe that's a good explanation as to why they haven't been successful thus far. Common sense says play your best players the most minutes. But the Wolves are just preaching transparency and honesty, not common sense.
Nobody knows if Houston is good or just average yet. In the Rockets' opening game against the Lakers, they held a lead for the majority of the night before the defending champs turned it on and won behind late heroics from Shannon Brown. But most agreed - the Rockets will be good.
Then they lost their next two games to the Warriors and the Nuggets which left some scratching their heads. So are the Rockets good, average or possibly bad?
I think you can certainly take out bad because this Houston club has players and will win. But is it a top four team in the West? Maybe not. Really, are they a playoff team? That's potentially up in the air as the last two games really showcased some major defensive problems Houston has right now.
This upcoming set of games could put the Rockets in a big hole early if they don't get their act together though. After playing the Hornets at home, Houston goes on the road for six of their next eight.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:12 pm
Blake Griffin impresses in his debut, Russell Westbrook gets way up, Thabo Sefalosha talks block and "The Most Interesting Man in the World" makes a cameo in Los Angeles.
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.
THE BIG ONE: BLAKE GRIFFIN MASHES IN HIS NBA DEBUTLos Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was the Talk of Twitter Wednesday night, charging out of the gate with astonishing energy in the first quarter of his NBA debut, dropping jaws and immediately earning rave reviews from commentators and fans alike. First things first: if you haven't seen the video of his right-handed alley-oop catch followed by his left-handed putback slam, both of which took place in the game's opening five minutes, then go here right now. Griffin's energy and fearlessness in his return from a season-ending injury last year stood out most prominently, but his all-around game shouldn't be overlooked. His stat line speaks to his game-changing ability - 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and a steal - and the only downside was that his Clipper teammates and coaching staff apparently forgot he was on the team down the stretch. While he's not yet a finished product, Griffin is by no means raw. He did almost all of his work around the basket tonight, finishing 6-10 on layups and dunks, while shooting 2-4 from outside the immediate basket area. There's a pro and a con to those numbers. The upside? He's attacking the basket relentlessly, both off the dribble and while crashing the offensive boards (he had nine offensive rebounds, and it felt like 29). The downside? Defenses will adjust quickly, daring him to shoot the mid-range jumper, a shot that is in his toolbox but that he didn't look particularly eager to shoot tonight. Forget the nit-picking, the kid is special, and he set a high standard for his main competition for Rookie of the Year - Washington Wizards point guard John Wall - to match tomorrow night, when he makes his NBA regular season debut. Keep reading for a frame-by-frame look of one of Griffin's prettiest offensive moves, a stunning 360 degree spin move that left the Portland defense flat-footed.
GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:Russell Westbrook: 28 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steal, 1 block, 8-15 shooting Two of Westbrook's 28 points came in spectacular fashion : a must-see coast-to-coast drive and dunk. Honorable mentions go to... Joakim Noah: 18 points, 19 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 7-13 shooting and... Monta Ellis: 46 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 18-24 shooting
DON'T MISS:Ken Berger was on hand for the Miami Heat's first win of the 2010-2011 season in Philadelphia. He wonders when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will start clicking?
FRAME-BY-FRAME SPIN MOVE ANALYSIS:
OK, back to Blake Griffin. Below you'll see a frame-by-frame look at a second-quarter spin move Griffin executed against Portland's Dante Cunningham. Let me set the scene a little bit. Frame 1: Griffin received the ball at the elbow with his Clipper teammates standing around in semi-hopeless fashion. With all five Blazer defenders eying him, Griffin slowly took a dribble to his left toward the paint, lulling Cunningham to sleep a little bit. Frame 2: Cunningham, an undersized power forward with good core strength and lateral quickness, trusts his defensive abilities on the perimeter and attempts to body Griffin to force a pass or tough turnaround shot. Rudy Fernandez dives down to make life for Griffin a touch more difficult but he doesn't commit fully, and Griffin is able to continue operating with relative calm. Frame 3: Griffin absorbs the body contact from Cunningham and explodes off of it, rotating nearly 360 degrees towards his strong hand with a reverse pivot and taking a monster gather step towards the basket in the process. The result is as explosive as it looks in the freeze frame: Griffin was in one place and then instantly in another, while Cunningham barely has time to react. Portland's help defenders are similarly stunned, as Brandon Roy stays home on the corner shooter and new Blazers big man, the aging Fabricio Oberto, has no chance to come over from the weak side to help. Frame 4: While Cunningham makes a game effort to recover and contest the shot, Griffin has created a clean look at the rim at close range, and he converts on the move. His quickness into his jump ensures no one will be able to block the shot. As the clock shows, the entire move, including the original dribble, took place in just two seconds.
WHIMSY:"The Most Interesting Man in the World" of Dos Equis fame took in the action between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Seated in front of him appears to be a member of Napoleon Dynamite's extended family. Video Clip Mania: Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefalosha talks about how he sent back a Luol Deng shot attempt. Via Royce Young.
HERO OF THE DAY:
Cleveland needed a hero to ice their huge win. Anthony Parker, with an assist from the clock crew, stepped up and became that hero.
By Matt Moore