I haven't posted for a long time but thought I'd say a little bit after hearing some of the negativity after tonight's Laker game. Like most of you on here, I can't stand the Lakers and would love for the Clippers to blow them out every time they play one another. And I was frustrated that the Clippers didn't play better. However, we have to remember that this was the first game of the season. We played a team that won the championship last year and one that some are debating whether they'll break the Bull's all time win record.
We didn't look good for many parts of the game but there were some positives. Kaman's 18 points and 16 rebounds were nice and I'd be happy with those numbers all season. Eric Gordan looked very strong. Telfair and Smith had some strong moments. We didn't give up after a poor first half and get blown out; instead battling back to within a point entering the fourth quarter.
Yes, Baron, Thornton, and Butler had bad shooting nights. If one of those guys could have played halfway decent we may be talking about a Clipper win right now...despite the bad showing. The Lakers shot 20 more free throws than the Clippers, which really was the difference in the game.
If the team can put this game behind them and beat the Suns tomorrow night, then I'm sure the positive thinking will come back. Just remember, what we see depends on what we look for. The Clippers weren't going to go 82-0 this season. This is only one game. Give the team, and the individual players, a chance before writing them off. Go Clips!