Beno Udrih snuck into the Laker's locker room and borrowed Kobe Bryant's mojo tonight and singlehandedly played 1 on 5 against the Clippers. And he humiliated them. He posted a career high 30 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals with only 1 turnover.
Seems Reggie Theus studied the Dallas tape from Sunday and took away all the interior plays that Kaman and Camby got and just let Beno rip it up on the offense with lay-ups, pick and rolls, and pick and pops.
The Clippers defense looked ridiculously bad. The entire Clipper team tried to guard one Beno Udrih and he smoked them all. They made him look like Chris Paul and AI wrapped in one. Maybe he was really offended by the Clipper's offer in the off season.
Good news? Tim Thomas returned and Ricky Davis played well.
Is it just coincidence that these two names are the only bright spots in Clipper losses?
In my opinion. No.
Paul Davis and Eric Gordon played much better defense in place of Thomas and Ricky Davis on Sunday and I believe that was the difference tonight.
Paul Davis played 5 minutes less while Gordon's minutes were cut from 30 to 13.
Gordon did an excellent job guarding the point on Sunday but his level of tenacity was not seen in any Clipper tonight.
As a team they seemed lifeless and apathetic. It seemed as though they thought they had the game won before it was even played. There was no sense of urgency until the final 5 minutes of the fourth quarter.
As a Clipper fan, I am now officially upset.
Where I read it, I don't remember but someone was complaining about Thomas having too much fun while losing. In tonight's Prime Ticket broadcast I could clearly see a big grin on his face as they were struggling to make a comeback.
It was really annoying. Whatever positives Thomas brings on the offense, I don't like him in the game. I don't know if it's all his fault or if it's how the team defense breaks down when he's in there but the overall effect seems to be negative.
He seems to be a good ahead-in-the game player, if such a thing exists. A player who's good at pouring it on when your team is ahead. But I just don't see him as a guy that sparks a comeback or maybe should even be in the game if things are close.
As for Ricky Davis, he has always been a stat monster in losses, so if he's rockin it's probably a bad sign. It probably means that none of your main "stars" are scoring and that Ricky has put on a cape and started jacking up shots. If they go in, as they did tonight, he might look good in the box sheet but his one on one defense is a liability on the other end. So whatever good he does you on offense, it's just negated by his porous defense.
Dunleavy needs to stop playing the matchup game so much and just play more Paul Davis and Eric Gordon. They might not have a lot of flash but I'd much rather see their steady, solid play on the defensive end than a bunch of Thomas and Ricky bingo balls.
Dunleavy needs to sit himself down in a film session of Sunday's game and tell himself to do a better job with deciding who to put in the game. Tonight's loss is all on him.
As a good coach, when guys are putting forth a crappy effort on the defensive end, you yank them and give the young guys who are dying to play a chance to energize the D. I don't know all the circumstances. Maybe Gordon and Davis got hurt in practice. Maybe they weren't feeling well. But those things withstanding, I'm putting this loss squarely on the shoulders of one Mike Dunleavy.
The Clippers had guys that could beat this pitiful injured, banged up Sacramento team. Too bad they were sitting on the bench for most of the game.