Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Clippers Blow 4th Quarter Lead to LeBron James and Company


Who would have thought that the Los Angeles Clippers had any shot at all in beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Stranger things have happen, but the likelihood of a Clippers team that is arguably the worst team in the league right now getting the best of MVP candidate LeBron James and a very good Cavs team was damn near impossible.

Although the outcome of this game between the Clippers and the Cavs still ended up in a win for Cleveland, Los Angeles did shows signs of promise in pulling off the unlikely upset. Of course, in classic Clippers fashion, they blew a 19 point lead in the fourth quarter and let LeBron James take over the show.

LeBron James did shot all that well only making 10 of 23 shots from the floor and missing all six of his attempts from beyond the arc, but he still finished the game with a triple-double.

With 32 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists LeBron just dominated the Clippers and showed why he might be the MVP at season's end.

The only real bright spot for the Clippers in this extremely disappointing loss to the Cavs was Zach Randolph's 20 points, 12 boards and six assists. Everyone else on the Clippers had a forgettable game, especially shooting the basketball as the team finished the game with a pitiful 39% field goal percentage.

It seems to be getting worse and worse for this Clippers team. All the talent in the world, but no direction or team chemistry. I think we will see some pretty big changes in the offseason for the other team in LA.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Clippers Lose a Close One to Pistons 89-88


This just hasn't been the Clippers season. Coming into this season the were all kinds of expectations with the addition of Baron Davis, rookie Eric Gordon and Marcus Camby, but things just don't seem to be working out.

The only positive thing coming out of this season so far is the emergence of rookie Eric Gordon. In college at Indiana University Gordon was a pure shooter and scorer, he could light it up from anywhere and was never afraid to take a shot. Early in the season Gordon struggled in a limited role, but since the trade sending Cuttino Mobley to the New York Knicks Gordon has a new role and he is definitely taking advantage of it by lighting up the scoreboards once again.

With a new career high of 31 points, Gordon showed the Pistons and the NBA that he is a scoring machine to be reckoned with. Injuries have been a huge part of the team's lack of chemisty this season with Chris Kaman, Baron Davis and Marcus Camby all spending time bench because of injury the team just hasn't been able to flow with any kind of consistency, but Gordon has showed some surprising promise for the Clippers future.

The Clippers aren't the only team of the two with a promising young player, he may not be a rookie, but he is showing that he could be a legit starter in this league and for the Detroit Pistons. Rodney Stuckey had his first 40 point game not that long ago and since then has gained a lot of confidence in his new role on the Pistons.

Stuckey didn't torch the Clippers for another 40, but he did manage to score a team high 24 points. With no Richard Hamilton or Rasheed Wallace the bulk of the scoring load has gone to Stuckey, Allen Iverson and Tayshawn Prince. Despite not having Rip or Sheed in the lineup, the Pistons have done nothing but win.

The key play in this game came down to just 4.9 seconds with the ball in Detroit's possession and the ball in Iverson's hands. After Iverson took a the shot Al Thornton came into the paint to block it, but was called for goal tending and basically handed the game to the Pistons as that was the deciding two points to end the game at 89-88 in favor of the Pistons.

Even though the Clippers put up a fight against a Detroit team that hasn't lost in 12 games straight, they have to get things together and get them together quick in order to salvage a season of disappointment.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Trade in Trouble: Cuttino Mobley's Heart Puts Hold on Clippers Trade


It seems as though the trade that went down last week with the New York Knicks clearing cap space by sending Zach Randolph to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley has been put on hold for the time being.

Reportedly, problems with Mobley's heart turned up in the mandatory physical that players go through before the trade can be made official and be able to suit for their new teams.

"All I know is, we sent two guys there who were playing for us with no [physical] issues," coach Mike Dunleavy said. "So I don't think it's going to be anything that's going to hold the deal up. But they have until tomorrow to either say 'Yea' or 'Nay' on the trade. It has to be by tomorrow. That's the deadline."

From time to time these things happen, but barely ever do they actually void a trade completely, even though that could be a strong possibility if the two teams can not come to an agreement on Mobley.

As almost everyone in the basketball knows, the Knicks are trying to get ready to offer Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James a max offer when he becomes a free agent in 2010. Not only is James on their radar, but with perhaps the most talented free agent market ever in 2010, the Knicks might be looking at completely retooling their troubled franchise with superstars to get the Knicks back to dominant status in the Eastern conference and the NBA.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Clippers Trade Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas for Knicks Zach Randolph


The Los Angeles Clippers decided to shake up their roster Friday by adding power forward Zach Randolph despite their claims to the opposite.

Last week trade rumors were circulating around the NBA that the Clippers were looking to move center Chris Kaman because Marcus Camby was healthy and ready to go. Well, that didn't happen, at least not yet anyway. Instead the Clippers traded veteran shooting guard Cuttino Mobley and power forward Tim Thomas in exchange for Zach Randolph and point guard Mardy Collins.

Over the years Randolph has shown he can play at a high level in the NBA, but with his impressive play on the floor comes to his baggage as well. Randolph may be a dominant rebounder and solid inside scorer, but his problems in the past seem to have followed him where ever he goes.

At 20.5 ppg and 12.5 rpg, Randolph is having a great year thus far, but with the paint already crowded with Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby one has to wonder what the Clippers are thinking.

Not only did the New York Knicks relieve some salary cap space by trading Randolph, but they also shipped Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington who had openly asked to be traded earlier this season.

Some say that Knicks new coach Mike D'Antoni is just cleaning up the mess left by Isiah Thomas and Knicks management, but others believe he is clearing cap space to make room for LeBron James when he becomes a free agent in 2010. Not only will they have a legit shot at making a big offer for James, but they will also have enough left over to go after another big free agent in that year.

Here are some of the high quality NBA free agents that will be on the market in 2010. Starting of course with LeBron James, reigning MVP Kobe Bryant, reborn Dwyane Wade and the pride of the Raptors in Chris Bosh.

Those are the top tier guys, but there are a lot of very good players that will available too:

NBA FREE AGENTS in 2010

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons

Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics

Yao Ming, Houston Rockets

Amare Stoutamire, Phoenix Suns

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz
Caron Butler, Washington Wizards


As you can see, the NBA might look completely different come 2010. I am sure most of these teams will make a a huge offer to their superstars, but like we have seen in the past, money talks in this league and now that the New York Knicks have quite a bit of money to through around, you can bet they will be looking to get back to dominant status in the East conference with the addition of two of these superstar free agents.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Clippers Beat Thunder Convincingly 108-88



In the second win of the season for the Clippers Chris Kaman showed why he deserves to stay in Los Angeles. With a game high 25 points and 14 rebounds Kaman was just a monster in the paint and off the glass.

Everyone who is a Clipper fan has heard the rumor about Kaman being on his way out of LA, but after this game the Clippers front office will think it is the perfect time to move him because his value is its highest or that they would be stupid to trade the center.

Kaman wasn't the only Clipper to have a good game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday as all five starters scored in double figures. Baron Davis had another poor shooting night (5 for 15), but he made up for it by dishing out 8 assists, scoring 14 points and 4 steals. Cutino Mobley had the best game of the season by scoring 23 points and be a huge force on defense with 7 steals.

Not only did the Clippers starters have a great game individually, but they played with some good team chemistry. Marcus Camby contributed with 14 points, 2 blocks and 9 boards as a great compliment to Kaman in the paint. Al Thorton continues to be the most consistent on the Clippers squad as he finished the game with 20 points and 7 boards.

As for the Thunder, it seemed as if no starter could do anything on offensively besides second year phenom Kevin Durant who scored a team high 18 points. Damien Wilkins added a much needed spark off the bench with 17 points, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Clippers who were clearly the better team all night long.

With this second win for the Clippers hopefully BD and the boys can use this momentum to start winning some games. Next up for the Clippers will be the first game against Elton Brand in a different jersey as the Clipps take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly.

NEXT MATCH UP: Los Angeles Clippers @ Philadelphia 76ers Friday, Nov. 21st 4:00pm PST

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Clippers Trade Rumors: Chris Kaman on the Block?


It happens every NBA season, especially in the beginning of the season all these trade rumors start flying around. NBA teams are always trying to improve, but when your team is predicted to do well like the Clippers were with the addition of Baron Davis and Marcus Camby and they get off to a shaky start, trade rumors are bound to follow.

Usually the Clippers aren't ever involved in trade NBA talks, well at least when they were with say Corey Maggette last season, it never went down or was really taken seriously.

This year there have been a couple players names thrown into the mix of possibly being on their way out. One was Cutino Mobley and the other was Clippers center Chris Kaman.

Besides Elton Brand, Chris Kaman has probably been the most consistent player on the Clippers for the past few years. He arguably one of the best big men in the NBA right now, but with Marcus Camby in the lineup and playing well, Kaman value, trade wise, has gone through the roof.

If there were ever a time to move Kaman it would definitely be now.

Honestly, I think trading Kaman wouldn't be too bright. With Kaman and Camby in the paint, they could be dominant on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor. In fact, they could be compete with other some of the other talented front courts in the league like Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum with the Lakers and Chris Bosh and Jermaine O'Neal with the Toronto Raptors.

Supposedly, the Charlotte Bobcats were interested in Kaman, but coach Mike Dunleavy turned down what ever trade offer was given. Kaman was quoted as saying this about the trade talks involving him:

"I enjoy playing here," Kaman said. "I hope I can stay here for a while. But if there are other plans, that's their deal and it's their business. .

"I don't know what the trade was. But it doesn't really matter. If you don't look at it like a business, you're going to get offended too easily."

Although the trade rumors involving Chris Kaman have died down a bit, I wouldn't be surprised to see him traded in the near future.