We here at Clips Nation always like to place a Clippers-centric spin on our weekly BIG3 coverage. Today’s BIG3 championship game, Trilogy versus 3-Headed Monsters, featured just two former Clippers. Kenyon Martin (Trilogy) and Kareem Rush (3-Headed Monsters) were not major contributors in today’s game, though they were participants. But in lieu of an incredible season and finale from Trilogy, as well as a solid showing from 3-Headed Monsters, we’ll take some liberties and briefly recap the efforts of the best from the day’s matchup.
3-Headed Monsters began the game in commanding fashion, taking advantage of a Trilogy team that looked lost defensively and couldn’t find any offensive rhythm. Outside of Rashad McCants, Trilogy had difficulty creating open looks from pretty much everywhere. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf led the strong start for 3-Headed Monsters, which lasted only until Trilogy’s bench got involved. Trilogy closed the first half on a 20-8 run, largely thanks to the efforts of James White and Dion Glover.
The second half was the competitive matchup everyone was hoping for, from start to finish. After a couple small lead swings, both teams found themselves tied at 46-46. Rashad McCants sealed the deal after drawing a free throw on a three point attempt, then hitting a jumper to secure Trilogy’s 10th win of their perfect season.
The win was the icing on top of an excellent season from Trilogy, who also took home a load of superlatives during the last week. Kenyon Martin received Player Captain of the Year honors for his strong leadership throughout the last 10 weeks. James White received the Defensive Player of the Year award. The team succeeded under the tutelage of Coach of the Year, Rick Mahorn. And Too Hard to Guard honors went to Al Harrington, who has been especially tough, in and around the paint, this season.
It should also be noted that 3-Headed Monsters had a terrific season. Rashard Lewis won Most Valuable Player for his consistent dominance throughout the season. Aside from continually leading his own team, he led the entire league in: points scored (170), 4-point percentage (0.667), and game winning shots (4). The 7-3 season record also left 3-Headed Monsters only second to perfection, still a significant accomplishment.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: 22 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Rashard Lewis: 10 points, 13 rebounds (!), 4 assists, 1 steal
Kwame Brown: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks (!)
Rashad McCants: 22 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block
James White: 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Dion Glover: 7 points