Clippers current run.
They are 7 - 3 over the last 10, which obviously is great for them, but is this just a matter of weak schedule or are they finally building towards something?
we all know how great their young core is. hope they can keep it up.
I think they're building towards something. They're playing good defensively. They're moving the ball. They've established a consistent rotation and roles. Baron Davis is playing well and looking to get others involved. And the team has really started to play well around Blake Griffin.
Other than a few late game let downs (big second half let down vs the 76ers), they had a chance to win every game the month of December. I'm really seeing improvement out of this team. They're starting to execute better on both sides of the floor.
The Heat will be a BIG test on Wed. I expect the Clippers to come out ready to play considering they have the next two days off, will be able to get in some practice time and look at film.
they certainly have talent. I assume they are putting some of it together. Blake seems to ignite them not only with his play but his attitude and hustle.
I really hope Blake posterizes Lebron. Heat vs Clippers will be an interesting match-up; given that Wade is relatively close to EG in height I feel like Eric is a good enough defensive player to keep Wade out of rhythm. Griffin will abuse Miami on the boards and has the quickness and strength to defend Bosh. James will be the deciding factor; they don't really have an answer for him (who does?) but it'll be up to good team D to stop James winning this by himself.
I don't see the Clippers having too much of a problem defending their individual matchups. The problem will come defending the pick and roll/pop, and making their rotations. They'll put Jordan in a lot of pick and pops, which will neutralize his shot blocking presence in the paint.
They'll also need to play through Griffin and execute well offensively. IF they settle for long shots and the Heat get out in transition, it'll be a long day. Gomes and Aminu are going to see shots, so they'll have to knock them down without hesitating. Gomes seems to hesitate and pass up open shots during big games.
The Heat and Lakers are this week, they tend to end the hope of bad teams.
The Clippers are taking a step in the right direction, on paper they are a good team it is just a matter of them coming night in and night out and performing and executing consistently. With Griffin and Gordon as their two best players who are always very young and only getting better, hopefully things begin to get better for them and they can put it together and win against quality teams.
I really hope the Clippers keep their young nucleus around. It's scary to think about their potential together in a few years.
Aminu-20 yrs old
Griffin-21 yrs old
Gordon-22 yrs old
Jordan-22 yrs old
Bledsoe is still very young as well. Im not sure I would assume around 20. So you can add him to the young talent the Clips have.
all you can do is go up. So, Yes. They are improving.
Ever since he publicly chastised Baron, Davis' game has taken off. Donald Sterling - Motivational Guru! Who knew?
They actually are improving, playing better defense, playing better team ball. Griffin is thriving as a first option and Gordan looks good as his side kick. Baron is playing very well and him being healthier is a big reason the Clippers are playing better.
I recall saying they should go inside out and play through Blake. doesn't look so bad now does it
The Clippers have played a considerable amount of their games so far at home, so this could have aided their run but as the younger guys continue to improve, as a neutral I hope they continue to be competitive.
The core is there so now it needs time to blend and maybe an addition or two to try and make them revelant in LA.
I'd like to see another Vet presences. not one that is just gonna sit and talk to them but one that will actually play as well
it comes to the Clippers.
I Still think they have a hole at SF. Iguadala would be a perfect fit for them, there's plenty of scorers on the team and Iguadala is the type of player who has no problem sharing the ball. They could be a playoff team if they go after Iguadala (not this season, but the next).
DeAndre Jordan is playing extremely well so far as a starter. I didn't expect that. His offense is still pretty much non-existent but atleast if he gets a shot it's usually a dunk and he is close to 10ppg shooting close to 70% lol
What was that again BothTeamsPlayedHard?
you still got the lakers up. ANd lakers are playing well right now. KObe had one of his best games of the season tonight and bynum is really putting it all together and at this point is pretty much pau's equal in terms of importance. SHould be a fun one. I was flipping the channel back and forth between the laker/clipper games and the clipps looked good.
I can't wait for the game. The Clippers have gotten a lot better since they lost to the Lakers on a game winner, and they're a more confident team. Of course a lot will depend on how healthy Griffin is, who's having lower back trouble.
Bynum makes the Lakers a better team. The matchup between he and Jordan should be an interesting one.
That game was one of the best I've seen all season. The first half was so entertaining. Bledsoe made some spectacular plays, blocking Lebron and getting a Lebron chase-down block too. Blake was getting no love from the officials tonight, but he is still a rook. I almost thought we wouldn't get an awesome Griffin highlight this game, but that dunk past Wade was nasty in the 4th. Great game, got messy at the end, but wow.
You're right... As much as I love Aminu's potential, they do have a hole at small forward... Why not just go after Carmelo Anthony?
They could offer Kaman, Aminu, the expiring contracts of Rasual Butler/Craig Smith and the unprotected 2012 pick from the T-Wolves. That'd be just as good as a deal as the Nets are offering, plus better than anything the Knicks can put on the table. And the Clippers could even take back Al Harrington's abomination.
Great win for the Clippers last night against the form team in the league, going on a good run boosts a team but when you turn over the really top teams in a game that matters that must be a huge boost to the team's confidence.
As you can see "Clippers" is very happy
Seems Baron Davis has been the key. they are still a lotto team but they are a better lotto team now
Yea... I'm happy for the Clips. It used to suck staying up late to watch them and being tired at work the next morning to only see them lose. I like this group of players, so I hope they keep winning. Yesterday was a good day... Got to see the Pacers beat the Mavs in person and then watch the Clippers beat the Heat.
Davis has been the key though. He's becoming more of an opportunistic scorer and looking to pass more. And he's sacrificed his game enough to let Gordon do his thing with the ball.
"What was that again BothTeamsPlayedHard?"
I'd say it again. Yesterday even with LeBron having a bad ankle and the Heat being unable to have a gameday shootaround at Staples was a good win. It does not change the fact that when bad teams play one another, someone has to win and the Clippers run has been primarily built on the bad and injured. I say that because right in the middle were losses to the Jazz and Hawks. I will say this, Baron Davis has been playing well for the past month or so, but do you trust him to stay at this level? The bench still blows and Vinny still can't coach.
Oh please... LeBron didn't sprain his ankle until late in the game lol. The Clippers outplayed the Heat in the first quarter and played well enough the final three quarters to win the game.
And it's not like the Heat have beaten all teams with above .500 records. The Clippers have just as many wins vs above .500 teams as the Heat do. The Heat beat up on the bad and injured too... At the end of the day, a win is a win, and you build confidence off of every win.
The Clippers aren't a playoff team, but they're an improving team. I think they're starting to separate themselves from the Nets, Wolves, Kings, Wizards and Cavs of the NBA. They've been a .500 ball team since starting the season 1-13 and have been showing nice improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
So you say that there is something there because a win is a win and they are building confidence, but also don't believe they are a playoff team? So, where are you trying to go with this? Houston went through a hot streak last month, but it doesn't change the fact that they aren't a particularly good team this year with Yao out. Schedules normalize over 82 games, and what has happened of late doesn't change the fact that the Clippers have a month long road trip in February. It doesn't change the fact that Baron Davis cannot be trusted to play this well, or that the bench and Vinny are huge negatives.
Doesn't every team have to start somewhere? Not even LeBron's Cavs made the playoffs his first two seasons, but they got better every season.
I see the Clippers getting better and improving on both sides of the floor. I think, if they can stay healthy, that they can finish the season close to .500 and pick up some momentum heading into next season. I don't think this is a team other teams see on their schedules and think "automatic win" anymore.