All I could keep thinking watching that game was it's too bad the Clippers couldn't pull off the Bledsoe/Butler for Garnett trade.
If they did that, I think they'd be the favorites to win it all. I don't think they can beat OKC, the Spurs, AND the Heat/Pacers in succession. Their bigs, besides Griffin, are too weak and will get exposed the further they go in the playoffs.
Oh, and that stretch where Paul George singlehandedly brought the Pacers back was incredible. Just a fantastic stretch by George, offensively and defensively. He forced them to take Crawford out of the game.
I think we really really missed Roy in the 1st quarter. Doesn't matter if he's hitting shots or not, the back and forth between him and West in the 1st quarter usually sets the tone for us and gets us off to a good start. There were several times in the first quarter where Ian didn't see a wide open cutter or shooter or one of th eother 4 didn't see Ian wide open. Aside from that and that stretch in the early fourth, we played very well.
Anybody wants to compare the Clippers bench salary and production with the Pacers bench? that is how you build a bench, minus Odom of course.
tough to swallow. those TOs were bad in the first half. I thought Tyler looked scatter brained late in the game and CP was just too good. Oh well. On to the next.
hadn't seen the clips this year. they are really good and can attack from many spots.
cp3 is unstoppable. despite what i saw in the game thread- he hasn't lost a step at all.
20 turnovers is not going to win many games.
things that bug me:
this happens from time to time- hill and paul george have bad habits of chucking WAY too many 3's. when more than half of you shots are from downtown- that is not a good thing.
paul george didn't even shoot a free throw until the 4th quarter- too much posey ball.
nice comeback attempt without roy but down 17 pts against a talented clips in the 4th was simply too much.
Last edited by clownskull; 02-28-2013 at 09:48 PM.
The good news is we get a pretty good chance to reset the bench next year.
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George Hill's 0/3 FG and 0/2 FTs in the final minute was real frustrating.
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You can't put a price tag on Roy's presence in the paint. He just completely changes our defense.
At least Danny looked pretty solid tonight. He seemed to be moving well and his shot was falling. That's the most positive thing I can take away from the game.
I like PG and Lance as much as anyone, but they have to cut down on the turnovers. The good news is that most of them seem to be from boneheaded plays where they try to get "too cute". That can be stopped with discipline. But they can't be combining for eight turnovers if we want to go deep in the playoffs.
CP3 made some clutch lay ups in the last minute. I have to believe that he wouldn't do that with Hibbert in the game.
How about that 2 minute stretch by Paul George? He smothered Crawford to the point that they had to take him out of the game and completely willed us back into the game. He reminds me a bit of CP3 in how he plays actually. He doesn't force much until he has to. He helps his team mates get involved and is unaggressive to fault. If he can learn to take over a game like that in the last few minutes he WILL BE a superstar level player.
I'm glad we get a chance to rebound tommorow.
way too many turnovers. either clippers have the quickest hands or refs don't call reach ins.
granger was a ghost in the second half for the most part. too many times he was just standing around.
who else wanted to see plumlee tonight?
It's not like teams are playing great d against us and forcing TOs. Pacers have just been so careless with their passes. Just shouldn't be happening. Hopefully Vogel is getting on them about that.
My offseason FA wishlist:
Sergio Rodriguez (backup pg)
Thomas Robinson (backup pf)
Andray Blatche (starting pf - replacing West)
Corey Brewer (starting sg/sf - interchangeable w/ PG)
Roy would undoubtedly have helped. Enough to win this game? Who knows. Roy's rim protection might have deterred some stuff, but the inability to stop the penetration of their point guards was so egregious in the first half, they still were getting or creating so many easy opportunities.
Their PG combo of Paul & Bledsoe absolutely worked ours. I think that's a legit matchup problem for us against them. Additionally, imagine if they would have hit some of the many wide open threes they were getting in the first quarter or so.
Is there a deeper team in the league than the Clips? The ball-hawking D in the first staff was as good as I've seen this season. Can they / do they do it night in and night out?
I admire that we never gave up and I recognize Hibbert's absence is a legit factor. Not upset overall, but going along to the sloppy first half to an extent (not taking anything away from Clips' influence on it), we just were not sharp - felt like a notable lack of court awareness at times. Great example in second half is letting Barnes run from above the FT line down the lane uncontested for a put-back dunk.
I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.