In yesterday's win against the Phoenix Suns, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul looked phenomenal. J.J. Redick was thrown out for arguing a call with a ref (that I would have argued too) but overall it was a fun game to watch. Much more fun than being stuck watching the Trail Blazers play the Lakers in Ontario...
Paul scored 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting, dished out nine assists and grabbed four steals. His running mate, Griffin, scored 35 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Trailing 80-79 after three quarters, Paul and Griffin combined to score 26 of Los Angeles' 29 points in the fourth quarter. Paul's two free throws with 5 seconds remaining gave the Clippers a three-point lead. Gerald Green's 3-pointer attempt at the buzzer was off the mark and Los Angeles held on for the win.
The Annual GM Poll was released today and there was a lot of praise going around for the Clippers. The Clippers had six different players receive votes in various categories, led by Chris Paul, who was named the league's best point guard. Three coaches also received recognition. As a team, the Clippers were picked to win the Pacific Division with a whopping 81.5 percent of the vote. They finished third in votes to win the NBA Finals and the Western Conference, and were voted the second most fun team to watch.
Grantland wrote up a nice article on why this year is the Clippers' year to finally take that next leap in chasing Larry. Kirk Goldsberry explains that they have all the necessary pieces to do so, so it's time to put up or shut up.
Matt Barnes copes with chaos: "Doesn't know how to function with peace."
Clearly the team’s biggest weakness is the small forward position. Just look at the depth chart: Barnes, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Reggie Bullock and maybe Joe Ingles. There is a lot left to be answered about what kind of production the Los Angeles Clippers will receive from this position on both ends of the floor.
Tonight Jared Cunningham fell victim to an Eric Bledsoe crossover. I wouldn't say his ankles were broken, but he did end up near some nice court-side seats..
There wasn't a lot of news today regarding the Blake Griffin slapping incident, but this seems to be the best source for updates and news on it going forward.
Well, that just about does it for today. As always, I leave you with a question or two. Do you think the Clippers have what it takes to take that final leap this season, and what do you think the biggest red flag is for the Clippers?