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What happened in Vegas (Game 2) ...

 

Here are some thoughts on the Clippers-Bobcats game, which I watched on the grainy nba.com feed. There weren't any announcers, and I couldn't make out the numbers, so it took me a while to figure out who was who. In order of importance:

THORNTON had a great game (7-11, 19 pts, 6 rbs, 20 min)-- looked extremely confident shooting, seemed like he could take over whenever he wanted.  Only minor negative was that he had a couple of sloppy turnovers early on-- but hey, it's a Sat. afternoon in Vegas, what do you expect?

GORDON (4-10, 15 pts, 4 rbs, ~25 min) showed a nice variety of drives and pull-up jumpers.  He definitely knows how to initiate contact, though his FT shooting was off (6-10), as was his 3P shot (1-5), though his stroke looked fine (from what I could tell). His defense wasn't bad-- he had a couple of steals and blocks. Also, he ran the half-court offense fairly well-- nothing spectacular, but at least no TOs.

TAYLOR (4-11, 10 pts, 2 assts, 4 TOs, ~30 min) on the other hand, isn't very good in the half-court, but boy does he like to attack in transition. He attacked the rim with confidence, and even had some nice-looking jumpers. Unfortunately, his half-court defense wasn't very good-- Charlotte got a lot of dribble penetration. I doubt that he'd have made the team last year.  But now that we're in the Baron Davis era, he might be able to crack the rotation if we start running-- in fact, I could see Taylor and Gordon spearheading a half-court press off the bench.

JORDAN (2-3, 4 pts, 6 rbs, ~22 min) looks like a long-term project. Type of guy who's always been a lot bigger than the competition and doesn't quite know what to do now that he isn't. No discernible post moves, and perhaps more disappointingly, no real presence on the offensive glass (even though he had 4 OR, they seemed mainly due to bad shots rather then good hops/position, and he never converted any of them for points). His defense seemed okay though, so he might be able to play 10 min/game by the end of the year. But then again, he had 5 PF, so maybe not.

No one else really distinguished themselves, including Fazekas unfortunately. Charlotte played 15 guys, as opposed to the Clippers' 10, so that doesn't really bode well for the second teamers.

 

 

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