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#58 - LA Clippers @ Phoenix Suns
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#57 - LA Clippers @ Golden State Warriors
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The Suns are bad, and these are the types of games the Clippers need to win if they are to make the postseason.Game Information:
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
When: 6:00 PM Pacific Time
How to Watch: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, AM 570 Radio
Projected Starting Lineups:
Clippers: Danilo Gallinari Questionable (Right Hand Contusion), Avery Bradley Out (Sports Hernia), Jawun Evans Out (Sore Abdominal), Patrick Beverley Out (Knee Surgery)
Suns: Tyler Ulis Questionable (Back), Tyson Chandler Doubtful (Neck), Brandon Knight Out (Knee Surgery), Alan Williams Out (Knee Surgery)
The Big Picture:
The Clippers played hard yesterday in their loss to the Warriors but were unable to get stops down the stretch. Their defense was sorely lacking all game, and while the Warriors are the most lethal offensive team in the NBA, the Clippers still need to execute far better than they did yesterday if they want to make the playoffs. After a slow start, the Clips’ offense was perfectly fine, even explosive. Everyone chipped in on that end (despite some poor shooting), and the ball moved pretty well for the most part. The Clippers will need to bring the same energy and fight they showed last night for the rest of the season. If they do, a playoff spot seems assured.
The Suns are very bad. In fact, at 18-41, they are tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the entire NBA. The arrival of Elfrid Payton from the Magic has boosted their offense-- but has not done the same for them on the other end. With Payton, Booker, and TJ Warren, the Suns have a trio of talented playmakers and scorers; they are capable of some impressive performances on offense. The reason for the Suns poor record is that they are atrocious on defense, with teams putting 120+ points on them incredibly frequently. As their young players get more experience and learn the ins and outs of NBA defense they should improve, but veterans with defensive knowledge and impact might need to be brought in this summer for the Suns to make any kind of leap on that end. Tyson Chandler looks largely checked out (and is injured anyway), and without him they lack any rim protection whatsoever. This season can’t be over soon enough for the Suns and their fans.
- Who Starts for Bradley: Avery Bradley is out again, which puts Doc Rivers at a quandary at who to start alongside Austin Rivers. Lou Williams is the best guard on the Clippers roster, yet removing him from the bench would be devastating to the Clippers’ reserve unit. Milos Teodosic started against the Warriors, true. But Tyrone Wallace started the 3rd quarter in his place after a horrible first half from Milos, particularly on defense. As great as Wallace has been, his lack of shooting means he might be better off the bench as an energy booster and defensive presence. The Suns do have scoring threats who can prey on Milos, but hiding him on Payton won’t be nearly as ugly as him guarding Klay Thompson or Steph Curry. I suspect Milos starts tonight, though Wallace getting more minutes than him again would not surprise me at all.
- Does Danilo Gallinari Play: Gallo missed the last few minutes of the Warriors game with a bruised hand, and is questionable to play tonight. His offensive production and defensive competency has been a huge part of the Clippers’ success in February, and his absence would be a severe blow to the Clippers. Wes Johnson would probably start in his place, further weakening the offensive ability of the starters. If Gallo is out, that also means Sam Dekker might get more minutes tonight, and Dekker has not played well in recent weeks. There’s also a chance that Doc Rivers goes small or large, so he doesn’t have to play his weak wing rotation as much, though it doesn’t seem likely. Let’s just hope that Gallinari can suit up and play against the Suns.
- Boban Time: Boban Marjanovic got his first real minutes as a Clipper last night, though it was still for just under two minutes total. He actually played alongside Montrezl Harrell, and such a combination is possible tonight as well, especially if Gallinari doesn’t play. Boban is just so fun, and the Suns don’t have anyone who can even remotely deal with him, so this might be a good choice to unleash him for a handful of minutes.
- Must Win: It’s probably too early in the season to label any game a “must win”, but the Clippers truly need to win all of their remaining games against lottery teams such as the Suns if they want to make the playoffs. Their schedule is very tough, and they must take advantage of the few gimme games that they are given.
Check out the excellent Suns blog, Bright Side of the Sun, for their perspective on the Clippers and tonight’s game.
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The Clippers put up a good fight in this one, but defensive struggles and a massive Steph Curry performance kept them from pulling out the victory.Game Summary:
In many ways, this was a game that summarizes the entire Clippers’ season. Before the game, they received news that a key rotation player (Avery Bradley) was out with an injury. During the game, they lost yet another crucial player (Danilo Gallinari) to a random injury, and had to scramble to replace him. Despite a lack of talent and sometimes weak execution, the Clippers fought the whole night, and made a competitive game out of a contest that should have been a blowout. They trailed the entire way, and at one point in the second quarter, down 46-28, the game looked like it could have turned into a rout. The Clippers refused to go away, and were able to keep the lead at around the 13-15 point range for most of the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
Then, in the 4th, they made their push. Lou Williams finally got shots to go down, Tobias Harris bullied Nick Young in the post, and Tyrone Wallace did Tyrone Wallace (i.e. smart) things. The lead shrunk and shrunk, finally dwindling all the way down to one. But in the end, the Clippers couldn’t get a stop, undone by Steph Curry on the pick and roll, a simple play that they appeared helpless to blow up or even slow down. Curry drained threes whenever the game looked like it was slipping away, and found his teammates for easy buckets when the Clippers played prevent defense on him. It was a masterful performance by one of the best players of all time, and the Clippers should feel no shame in losing to the Warriors tonight. That still doesn’t excuse the defense, though.
- Steph Curry is Good: The Clippers could have played (much) better defense against Steph tonight, but it was one of those games where he didn’t look like he could be denied. He made everything look easy tonight, and did so even when the rest of his teammates looked absolutely gassed. This is one of those games that reminds one of how he won the NBA’s first ever unanimous MVP, and while his current campaign isn’t as strong as that epic performance two seasons ago, it’s still incredibly good. Tip of the hat to him tonight (he had 44 points on 19 shots, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals).
- Tyrone Wallace Returns: With the news that Avery Bradley was injured, Tyrone Wallace got the call to return to the LA Clippers from Agua Caliente, and he performed his duties admirably. As he’s done all season, he got to the hoop beautifully on drives and cuts, and was able to finish on some tough looks. He contributed in all-around game as well, chipping in rebounds, assists, and steals while playing sound defense against three of the best perimeter players in the NBA. He’s not perfect—he had two horrible missed 3s, and his lack of shooting definitely restricts spacing when he’s on the court—but he’s smart as hell, and all the tools are there for him to be an above average NBA player for a long time. The Clippers need to sign him for the rest of the season, whether Bradley will miss extended time or no. Ty has earned it.
- Clippers Struggle Defensively: The Warriors scored at least 32 points in each of the four quarters, and I’m not sure the Clippers had consecutive stops more than once or twice tonight. The Warriors ran the exact same play the last few minutes down the stretch- Steph Curry pick and roll with Durant or Green- and the Clippers could not stop it. Sometimes it was because Austin Rivers didn’t fight through the screen hard enough, sometimes it was DeAndre Jordan failing to step up on Steph, and the rest of the time it was teammates not rotating well enough to protect the rim against the open Warriors who Steph found when he was doubled. Simply put, it was an embarrassing showing on that end. While the effort appeared to be there, the execution was horrific, and the Clippers’ coaching staff needs to explode on the Clips for their performance on that play tonight.
- Solid Lou Performance: Lou struggled with his scoring for most of the first three quarters, launching ill-advised shots against smothering Warriors’ defense, and failing to take what the defense gave him. That changed in the 4th quarter, and Lou’s final line was quite impressive: 19 points on 16 shots, and 11 assists to only 3 turnovers. His passing in this one was fantastic, continually finding big men around the hoop for easy dunks. While this wasn’t the incredibly on fire Sweet Lou that the Clippers had in January, this was the blueprint for what the Clippers need from him down the stretch of the season.
- Boban Gets a Minute: Boban Marjanovic got his first real playing time as an LA Clipper, playing the last minute and a half or so of the 2nd quarter. Sadly, the only stat he recorded was a foul, but his getting any time is hopefully a sign that he gets a shot at some minutes when the situation calls for it in the future.
That’s about all for this one. Montrezl Harrell was as great as usual, Gallo had an off game, and both Tobias Harris and Austin Rivers played pretty well. Let’s hope that Gallinari’s bruised hand is just a bruise, and that he doesn’t miss any more time with the injury. The last thing the Clippers need is for him to go out again.
Stephen Curry swished a beautiful buzzer-beater from way back early and hit another timely 3-pointer late on the way to scoring 44, and the Golden State Warriors returned from the All-Star break and had to hold off the Los Angeles Clippers 134-127 on Thursday night.
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