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Clipper Matchups with New Heat

So let's assume this happens.  Is the New Heat a superteam?  Sure, why not.  They're built to match up with the Lakers.  Gasol/Bosh, Artest/Lebron, Kobe/Wade.  The Lakers happen to have Bynum, LO and now Steve Blake and some other guys, but whatever.  We've talked about how the Clippers match up with the Lakers, as recently as when the Clips drafted AFA.  Let's not forget our Boston pals and their champion team with Garnett (Bosh), Pierce (LBJ), Ray Allen, now Rajon Rondo and Old Ray Allen (2 yrs, 20 million).

So how do the Clips match up with the Miami triumvirate?  It's an interesting exercise to match a team against 3 guys.  But the Clips only have a few key players, and some other new question marks.  They're not a real team yet.  Of course the Heat aren't a team yet either, not even close.  It should be really amusing to see who gets spots on their roster.

The basic version:  Griffin/Bosh, AFA/LBJ, Gordon/Wade.

Ouch.  Extremely young.  They've got that going for them.  But let's take AFA out, and add another free agent.  And let's move Kaman into the mix at the same time:  Kaman/Bosh, Griffin/LBJ, Gordon/Wade.

It just got a lot better, didn't it?  Now let's say that AFA turns into something of a defensive stopper, and you want him on the floor to slow down a great player.  Now you've got this:  Kaman/Bosh, Griffin/LBJ, AFA/Wade.  And Baron Davis and Eric Gordon are running around on their own.

No team has very many guys to throw at LBJ defensively.  Griffin is probably a pretty good start.  Aminu might be credible.  Wade is no picnic either.  We all know Gordon can defend, Wade is a tough matchup for him, and he does better than you might expect.  BDavis can defend Wade too, a little bit.  We need to see how AFA plays against bigger wing SGs like Kobe and Wade, if that's even possible.  I don't worry about Bosh so much, which is probably a big mistake.  You can't have Griffin guarding two guys, Bosh and LBJ.  Kaman can guard Bosh pretty well, but if the Heat have a big stiff at center, and Bosh doesn't want to play a lot of center (although that might change with him on "the superteam with no center"), that moves things around.

I don't know.  Would Tayshaun Prince make things better for the Clips?  With Travis Outlaw getting 35, is Mike Miller's price above 40 and climbing up towards Bobby Simmons land? 

Should the Clips sign Bobby Simmons?  Has anybody asked that yet?  Having Simmons and Livingston on the team would be amusing.

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