The BIG3 arrived in Chicago as 7 former Clippers participated in the action. Trilogy remains undefeated, 5-0, now heading into Week 6, while 4 teams who had been seeking just their second win of the season were not able to deliver. In 4 games this week, 3 culminated in blowout fashion. The final game of the night, Ghost Ballers versus Killer 3s, however, ended up being close down the stretch while featuring more former Clippers than any other matchup. Here’s a brief look at how some former Clippers stacked up in Week 5.
Game 1: Power 51, Ball Hogs 34
Once again, Cuttino Mobley shined in a massive win for Power. Mobley led the way with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists while shooting 10 of 15 from the field. Ball Hogs were led by Rasual Butler, albeit with only 12 points and 2 boards for the entire game. Power moved up to 4-1 on the season, while Ball Hogs dropped to a 1-4 record. And as if Power couldn’t get any better and Ball Hogs couldn’t get any worse, Butler was traded to Power, following the matchup, in exchange for Moochie Norris.
Game 2: Trilogy 51, Tri-State 34
Trilogy continued their dominance as they cruised to their fifth win of the season. Although he wasn’t able to improve upon his scoring as hoped, Kenyon Martin still made solid contributions for Trilogy. On top of his 4 points, Martin chipped-in 3 rebounds and 3 assists in just 5 minutes of action, also leading the entire matchup in plus-minus with +16. Trilogy remains the only team this season without a loss, while Tri-State fell to a 1-4 season record.
Game 3: 3-Headed Monsters 51, 3’s Company 32
The third consecutive blowout of this week’s matchups didn’t initially seem as lop-sided as the finally tally. But despite a narrow gap at halftime, 3-Headed Monsters pulled away pretty aggressively thanks to excellent rebounding as well as double-figure scoring from 3 players. Al Thornton, who led the way for 3’s Company last week with 20 points and 5 rebounds, went scoreless against 3-Headed Monsters; he did chip in 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 12 minutes of action, but his scoring ability was desperately missed. 3’s Company dropped to 1-4 on the season, while 3-Headed Monsters cruised to 4-1. 3’s Company were also without Ruben Patterson for the second straight week,
Game 4: Ghost Ballers 50, Killer 3s, 46
What was anticipated to be the most exciting matchup of the night certainly did not disappoint. Every former Clipper who participated in this matchup delivered, though the absences of Chauncey Billups and Brian Cook for Killer 3s appeared to have been pretty crucial given the final outcome. For Killer 3s, Stephen Jackson once again led the way with 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Reggie Evans, as expected, delivered another double-double, tallying 12 points and 11 rebounds for Killer 3s along with his 2 assists. Despite the best efforts of Killer 3s, though, Ghost Ballers pulled away thanks to balanced scoring, a rebounding advantage, and stellar ball movement. Ghost Ballers, as a team, tallied 16 assists on 17 made field goals, an impressive feat especially considering the 3-on-3 format. For Ghost Ballers, Ricky Davis was quite effective, contributing 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in 14 minutes of action, shooting 6 of 10 from the field. Ghost Ballers improved to 3-2 while Killer 3s fell to 1-4 on the season.