Once again the Clippers put a fairly unknown player from an opposing team in the headlines. Tonight, instead of giving up 37 points and 11 rebounds to an undrafted rookie, they just decided to let Roger Mason go for 21 points with the last three being a wide open three pointer to seal the game.
Baron Davis' awful shooting was probably the difference in the game. He went 5 for 17 from the field, 0 for 8 from beyond the arc. A couple of those 3 pointers go in and maybe the Clippers win. Or if Dunleavy would have yanked Baron sooner and used a little more Taylor and Gordon, they might have won.
Other than Baron, I think there were signs of improvement.
Dunleavy's rotation was a little better in my opinion. He only used Thomas for 12:00 and Ricky for 17:23. He upped Taylor to 11:59 but limited Gordon to 13:34. I still think Ricky should be limited to around 10 - 12, while Gordon should be allowed to make mistakes but stay on the floor more to the tune of 25 - 30 minutes.
Taylor was super aggressive as soon as he came into the game. He shot 50% (4-8) logging 8 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals in only 12 minutes. He did make some mistakes trying to force certain things but I loved his effort enough to bear the missteps.
Kaman didn't miss many chippys AND his jumpshot was on. He went for 17 pts and 13 rebounds and he looked very energetic and focused.
Camby actually got to play a season high 33 minutes and got 6 blocks. He got quite a few deflections as well, playing great defense.
I think they are definitely making progress towards "figuring things out as a team", but it is looking more and more like Baron is the wildcard. Not to say he can't fit in this system. I am beginning to think that Dunleavy is going to have to keep a really close eye on how hot Baron is during each game. He needs to have the guts to pull Baron out earlier in a game if his shots aren't falling.