The game against the Wizards provided some interesting new evidence in this new little parlor game. My first headline would be that Williams remained mixed. He didn't contribute much at all during 3 quarters. And then his streaky side showed, and he started hitting shots in the fourth, a number of them timely. He showed no fear, and guided the Clippers bravely into battle. At the same time, however, Eric Gordon was noticeably absent. At least he was until the final moments, in which as SP described, he had a couple of bad ball-handling miscues but was still able to hit a heroic shot to send the game to a second OT. It ended well for Gordon, but Williams found his stroke and hit some very big 3s in the 4th. Gordon not getting touches seemed problematic, but Mo Williams and Randy's Foye's ability to hit shots and free throws was "solutional."
The headline on Bledsoe is that I'm sick of seeing him play against John Wall. We were introduced to him playing against John Wall in the summer league opener, and then he had something of a breakout against Wall's team in what became a blowout. And in this game he was mixed, but closer to negligible. His familiarity with Wall is disturbing, since Wall is clearly better. I like to think that Bledsoe was the best freshman pg in the country last year, aside from the guy who was the pg on his own team. It's a bummer.
More like Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo, or more like Mike Taylor? Last night might have been closer to the Taylor side of the ledger, but he still provided a nice spark after a few Mo Williams miscues and misses helped the Wizards get back in the game after the Clips got out to an 11-2 start (which I didn't see, and maybe Mo was a critical part of it. But that's when I tuned in, watching Williams closely, and he was blecch.) I wonder about the Westbrook comparison, thinking about how Westbrook was named the starter early on, and how the Thunder hung in through his growing pains. But Westbrook is a better basketball player than Bledsoe. I've loved Westbrook's game and court presence since I first saw him suit up at UCLA, and Bledsoe is good but he isn't the same guy.