Sunday, March 25, 2012

Are They Back?

Clippers looked renewed and reenergized Saturday against the Grizzlies, confidently ending their first three game losing streak of the season. Are they finally back? Or was this just do-or-die for the team and more importantly for Vinny Del Negro?

With four more home games this week, it's a good time for the Clipps to come out and prove that they are as good as they played at the beginning of the season. With less than 20 games left, now is the time to start doing some damage to ensure a decent playoff seed... Or to ensure the a playoff seed at all.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

We've Come a Long Way

A year ago today we were in a very different position. We were in a better position than we'd been in for a long time, that's for sure, but we had no idea that our group of young could-be's was going to transform into a team of young studs, seasoned veterans, and perennial all stars.

Where has it gotten us?

5th place in the West? Hanging on the bring of making the playoffs? 13th overall points per game. 13th overall rebounds per game. 17th overall assists per game. 14th overal points allowed.

Mediocrity. Don't get me wrong, we're happy. As Clipper fans for years, we clearly aren't going anywhere. But really? After all the hype? ...That's it?

No, we've seen it. We saw the way they beat the hell out of the Thunder. We were there for the Perkins dunk. We felt the energy in Staples during the overtime Heat victory, and the follow up win over the Lakers. We watched them beat the Spurs on the road. We've watched CP3 take over at the ends of games. We've counted the lobs. We've chanted "REGGIE, REGGIE!!" We've heard "Bingoooooo" and "Oh me, Oh my" emphatically all year.

We know they have it. We've seen it! It's there, we just have to find it again. The chemistry. The excitement. The competitive fire. It's all there. With just under 20 games to go, now is the time to get it all back. Tonight, Chris Paul returns to the city that gave him his start of his legendary career, but let's hope LA is the city that gives him the proper finish.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Return of the Original Lob City

It's no secret that Lamar Odom is unhappy in Dallas. It can also be assumed that Khloe Kardashian, Lamar's lovely wife, would love it if he returned back to the city that made her the esteemed business-woman she is today. But with the way the Lakers handled his export, it's highly unlikely that we'll see Lamar back in a Lakers jersey... But what about in a half-blue, half-red suit? Clipper Lamar everybody!

Only kidding. But seriously: a Clippers uniform? Possibly. Who knows? That got us thinking...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Youngster Suits Up

Today the Clippers welcome Nick Young to the lineup as they take on the Detroit Pistons... Let's hope Young channels what he has shown he can do:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Memoirs of a Clipp-Slump

You're saying something... But I'm not listening...
The Clippers are only the 29th team in NBA history to play 20 games in one month. Clearly it's no easy task, as we've dropped two winnable home games in as many nights. Coming off a long and mediocre road trip, during which they posted losses to three non-playoff teams, the Clippers looked equally sluggish in their much anticipated homecoming: losing to both the Warriors and the Celtics, bouncing back to beat the Hawks, and then dropping the worse loss of the season to the Suns B-Squad.

Onward we trudge through, each night hoping to turn things around for the long haul. Some things on our minds during this 6-game whirlwind of a week:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Welcome Home Nick!

Apart from convincing the Celtics to trade Ray Allens, picking up Nick Young was about as good as the Clippers could have done before the deadline without unloading Eric Bledsoe, who has shown lately that he is worth hanging on to.

 Ever since Chauncey went down, the Clipps have looked mediocre; losing 10 out of 19 games, including last night's pathetic loss to the Suns without Steve Nash and Grant Hill. There's much to be said about what is lost when a guy like Chauncey Billups is nixed from the equation, however one of the biggest glaring holes he left was the lack of a shooting guard who could spread the floor on offense. Our current back court features Chris Paul, Mo Williams, Randy Foye, and Eric Bledsoe, all of whom are point guards. Nick Young, with his 6'7'' frame and 16.6 points per game, gives the Clippers a guy who is dangerous from the corner and can create his own shots. With a guy like Young spreading the floor, hopefully we can expect Caron's weak-side-automatic 15 footer to come back from hibernation, more space for Paul and Griffin to run pick-and-rolls, and even a little more inside-outside with Deandre Jordan who has been showing some effectiveness in the post on offense.

Although the signing of Young doesn't really address the Clippers glaring defensive weakness (ranked 22nd in the league), at least his 6'7'' length and wide wing-span will be more effective against bigger shooting guards that are difficult for guys like Mo Williams and Randy Foye to match up against. According to the LA Times, it's looking like Nick Young will start over Foye, which is going to make Vinny Del Negro's often indiscernible rotations and minute distributions even more tricky... Let's hope he can handle it.

Nick Young, raised in LA and a former USC star, has got to be happy to be coming home. We're happy to have him!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ray Allen: The Final(s) Piece?

Staff writer Adam Levine takes us through a few trade options to address the Clippers glaring need for a 2-guard.

Neil Olshey has to be the favorite for GM of the year. With the rushed free-agency period and the last minute Chris Paul trade, the Clippers had a major gap—depth in the frontcourt. With the signings of new fan-favorite Reggie Evans and former all-star Kenyon Martin, the problem was solved. After Chauncey Billups’ season-ending injury, the Clippers have been a .500 team, and the lack of a decent size shooting guard is as glaring as it was at the beginning of the season. After playing with the ESPN trade machine for a few hours, here are some tips for Mr. Olshey to acquire a shooting guard to help with the playoff run this season. These are realistic trades that would help both teams. We’re not the Laker blog, who still think they’re trading Pau Gasol for Derron Williams, Rajon Rondo, and Dwight Howard.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hopefully (for the Hornets) Stern Vetoes Again

Staff writer Adam Levine says a prayer for Hornets fans, who are at risk of enduring Mike Dunleavy's curse. 

ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne, one of our favorite LA sports writers, reported last week that Mike Dunleavy could be back in the NBA. He is the lead negotiator and part of the group that is the favorite to win the bid to buy New Orleans Hornets.

Upon hearing the news, I immediately felt sorry for the city of New Orleans—nobody should have to endure his opposite-Midas touch again. After failing at four NBA coaching jobs, during which he racked up a few of the most famous choke-moments in recent history, this may be the only way Dunleavy can ever return to the league. Having endured years of “Dumbleavy” woes while he headed the Clippers, I can only say an NBA-prayer for the fans of New Orleans if they have put up with him in any capacity. But hey, look on the bright side: if you own a part of a NBA franchise, you are not allowed to take an active role in the team as a player or coach. Sorry Hornets’ fans, Mike won’t be suiting up and putting that under-.500 coaching record to work.