Even in the absence of EJ and Blake having difficulties creating for himself because of the diferrent adjustments made by other teams, Baron is still finding ways and means to consistently record double figure assists almost in every game. The "other Clippers", as one writer called them, are all fired up to help create a working space for Blake that will make him more efficient in scoring (not only dunking. It was reported that the "other Clippers" joined Blake in an early shooting work out yesterday before the game.) And as they position themselves at spots where they could shot the ball with ease, Baron finds them. One of the latest beneficiaries is Bledsoe. Although Bledsoe could create for himself, he has started to wait patiently for the ball to come to him for open shots ( he is a better SG than a PG for now anyway ) which last night he consistently converted. It also allowed Bledsoe to play 29 minutes free of TOs. With Blake being doubled and sometimes tripled team, Baron either dishes to Foye or Gomes or penetrates lanes which are sometimes left wide open.
I don't know if it is because of the Knicks style of playing defense (or the lack of it) that allowed the Clippers last night to convert 55% of their shots or did the Clippers finally figure out something that works? The game tomorrow with the Cavs will be a good time to replicate their efforts and find out if last night game was an aberration.
Meantime, whatever it is, Clippers got the win last night and Baron was definitely happy with 16 assists, the most so far he had this season!