Clippers Closing Possessions
I was watching the end of the Clippers vs. Suns game tonight and noticed that at the very end of the game the Clippers were trying to isolate Griffin. Im thinking to myself: Why not put it in the hands of Chris Paul?!?!?! Seriously, I respect Blake Griffin as a player and am certain he has a great future in the league but COME ON.
Chris Paul has proven that he is one of the clutch players in this league over a superstar career so far. He single handedly almost beat the Lakers in the playoffs last year. Blake on the other hand, is a young player who is going to be great, but is still developing his skills in the post and in his midrange game as well. So my opinion summed up is why in the hell would Del Negro be calling isolations for a talented but still developing Griffin, rather than letting his proven superstar Chris Paul take on the games closing possessions with the ball in his hands?
By the way, the one possession Paul did get in the closing minute he drained a three to bring it within two after two poor possessions handled by Griffin ending up in misses both times. (Although the Paul shot was wide open)
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''I feel pretty good, but I keep telling you guys, I want to be 110 percent,'' Howard said. ''I have to make sure I'm in great shape, and my conditioning is where it needs to be. It's a process, and we'll get there.''
At the beginning of the second quarter, Drummond had his first blocked shot, elevating his entire upper body above the rim.p9870
"I'd definitely say blocking a shot because that turns into an extra possession for us," Drummond said. "That's when I get the dunks. Without the blocked shot, I get no dunk."
Drummond finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots in 22:37.
"He's a finisher," Frank said. "We have a guy who can dunk. That's an added bonus. We're able to throw it up and he can go get it.bvsrt
Frank would probably have been pleased to hear what Drummond said after the game.
"Tomorrow, I got to get better," he said. "Today's over."
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