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OptimusDimes
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I am going to actually start off with the bad so that I can end this post on a good note.

The rotations. I know that some think the rotations are okay as long as we are winning, but I don't. It's just my opinion so who cares, but this is what I am seeing.

The 3 guard lineup. I woud actually love to see a lineup of paul, bled(show), and crawford with any combination of our bigs...especially odom. I guess what I am saying is now is the time for the coach to experiment a little. When you have blowout Ws, that's the time to experiment and we have too much depth to wait to long into the season to not do this.

If CP3 is not aggressive or effective early on, he should sit, and even if only for a minute or two, but there is no reason having player playing a whole quarter when we rely on energy, and the coach usually doesn't use all the timeouts.

Timeouts are like free money...you use them. We have a high energy team so the coach should use every thing at his disposal to make sure they have a chance to win.

The post game. We should definetly be better in the post with the skillset that our bigs have. Basically at certain times LO should be stealing Green's minutes. Waiting to see some more Blake DJ 2man game on the wing...something good has to come out of that right?

Identity of this team has to be Defense. We can score but we are not the best at getting stops because it seems the focus is on highlight plays. We are good defensively at times because of personnel. Same goes for the offense. This team IMO has yet to commit to one. D has to be our calling card or we will not get any respect from the refs come PO time...IE last year against the spurs:18 minutes without one foul called against them after we jump out all over them offensively in the first quarter...I know some remember.

The Good:

Vinny seems to have been able to garner some respect from the team as it seems they are on a mission now to come out with energy...easy to do at home, so let's see if it carries over to the road.

LO seems to actually be committed to contributing to this team this year, which in my mind is saying alot...just my opinion.

BG and Cp seem to be healing from their early season injuries.

The team as a whole seems to be acclimating to this new tempo. Turnovers are starting to trend down, and players are learning each other. We have to remember this team has half a roster turn over, so when we factor in the change of pace also this is a big deal.

The team appears to be getting a little more respect on the road. Because we are maybe the biggest ticket right now in the NBA as far highlight appeal, the NBA is force to gives us some respect. The trend I have been seeing is that the enemy seems to get the calls in the 1st half, and the Clippers get them in the end...this is huge, because our players have to make sure they don't get frustrated early on because the momentum will swing back as long as they are patient.

tense2
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We're in the top 10 in offensive and defense ratings...#4 in off. and #7 in def. Pretty darn good so far...keep that up and we'll do just fine

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^this. if we keep this up, i dont see why the clips cant be the western conference representative in the finals. i am getting ahead of myself, but its a possibility

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Tense, is that the best combo stat in the league? Are there other teams that rank higher than us on both ends?

Just curious.

tense2
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CJ, Memphis is #7 in off and #1 def. SA #6 off and #5 def. OKC #1 off and #9 def.

CP3Best
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Good we beat all but 1 one of them TWICE. Just saying.

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tense2 wrote:
clipper*joe wrote:
Tense, is that the best combo stat in the league? Are there other teams that rank higher than us on both ends?

Just curious.

CJ, Memphis is #7 in off and #1 def. SA #6 off and #5 def. OKC #1 off and #9 def.

Nice! Thanks for the info. Very Happy

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To OP: I agree that the rotations are pretty shaky at times though I don't agree with the lineups you're suggesting. I also agree that Vinny should experiment a little more but I'm happy with our success so I can't really complain. I also agree that VDN needs to get better with his time out usage. I feel like when opposing teams start to get on runs we wait until they either tie or take the lead before we call a time out rather than trying to stop the bleeding before it's too late.

Our defense has been very strong this season though we did suffer from multiple lapses when we were on that 4 game losing streak. Had it not been for that streak i'm sure we'd be in the top 3 defensively.

I'd also like to see Chris Paul be more aggressive, but only in specific situations, like those moments when the team NEEDS to score in order to control the momentum. I'm sure all of us as fans can feel those moments when we're watching the game so I know CP3 can feel those moments as one of the smartest player in the league. His jump shot has been pretty off so far this season and he's shooting a career low 30% from 3 this season. On the bright side, he looks quicker than ever so I'm not too concerned about his shooting though I do expect his percentage to improve as the season goes along.

I'd also like to see more post up opportunities for DJ and Lamar who I think can be very effective from down there. They're both improving day by day and DJ is really beginning to look like an All-Star Center with some of the post moves he's developed. I know there's not enough time in the game for everybody to get the touches they deserve but I feel there are certain moments and situations where we should go into the post rather than relying too much on a JC jumpshot.

Overall we look incredible so far this season, and had it not been for that ridiculous losing streak we had, there'd be no question that we're the best team in the league.

CP3Best
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Lamar not too effective there, his hook is not that great anymore, might get it back, DJ needs to do that more, his sweet hook boosts his confidence a lot. And after these last 4 games i believe that CP3 is very aggresive, he's just smart, I loved how he ATTACKED the rim off the pick 'n roll, cause he knew that Al couldn't catch him.

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good : everything, everyone at every position

bad: half court set, gets bogged down and turns into butler time every first quarter. The offense is almost designed around blake at the high left post ft line sometimes, instead of a traditional but fading throw it in to the low post center type set, not really a problem, but it was a problem in the playoffs last year.

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I dislike our half court sets, there isn't really too much movement where one can just trick his man and be left with an open shot, the most effective half court play I've seen is the drag screen, that just opens up EVERYTHING, we need more plays like that.

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At times it seems we should of been the ones doing the read and react offense our team seems to play better when they don't set up and just go off instincts and chemistry reads.

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I can guarantee you Lamar is a more effective post player than he is a jump shooter.

CP3Best
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I can agree which is why he's not shooting jumpers, but his post game still sucks, that's one of those things he's gonna have to get back.

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Good: We can compete with anyone if we play with effort.

Bad: We slack off too much.

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