How serious do you think the clippers could contend this year ? With the addition of grant hill, odom, crawford, and possibly the emrgeance of bledsoe, could they upset the lakers, the spurs or the thunders?
How serious do you think the clippers could contend this year ?
First, they built a 50-29 lead in dominating Chicago in the first half. Then, they held on for an 86-83 victory Friday in Champaign, Ill. -- but only after the Bulls Jimmy Butler missed a near-banked-in heave at the buzzer.
The Suns, who put up 83 points through three quarters Friday, finished the night with 30 assists and shot 51 percent from the field. Their 28-15 first-quarter blitz included 71 percent shooting (5 of 7 from 3-point range), due to a couple of things they didn't accomplish during Wednesday's preseason-opening loss to the Kings in Sacramento.gewt4r34
"Alvin has had that in his playbook for years," Suns assistant Igor Kokoskov said.
So even though Gentry and the Suns' coaching staff is wisely mixing in tactics familiar to four players who used to play for Adelman (Scola and Dragic in Houston; Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson last season in Minnesota), a lot of the offensive flow is supposed to look familiar.
The Suns will continue to seek a quick tempo, using ball screens off of Corner sets and other designed quick-hitters.i7u56
"You just have to read how the defense plays it," Dragic said. "If they (defense) block the top side (on the corner screen), you just go back door."
Shannon Brown, who finished with 12 points, eventually figured out that instead of a steady diet of accepting a ball screen from the high post, giving up the ball and starting on off-ball, two-man game can make things trickier for the defense.u657654
"It's taking us a little time in making the right reads," Suns assistant coach Elston Turner, who assisted Adelman for several season in Sacramento and Houston, said when asked about the Corner offense before the game. "But we'll get it. It fits our guys pretty well."
Beasley, who made half of his 8 shots and scored 10 points Friday, is working at small forward and – thanks to the Corner keeping both sides of the defense occupied – could have several post-up opportunities without weak-side defensive corruption.ndfhgdstr