I feel for you BB watching this game live in person today. It makes my head spin looking at the box scores and just hearing about what happened. I tried to watch the game on DVR (I had it recorded) but the quality was so bad that it recorded only 6 garbled minutes. Then I tried to watch the game online (you can do that if you have NBA League Pass) but it kept stuttering that I could only watch a few seconds of action a minute. I was so pissed that I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau as this these problems have occurred way too often this season for me.
Anyways I was just able to fast forward to the final 2 minutes and caught glimpses of what happened. I saw that play you talked about with Cassell throwing the ball away (it was 90-90). He was just going through the motions (like how we've complained about Livingston sometimes) and Josh Smith just stepped in front of Thomas for the one of the easiest steals you'll ever see. But then the guy MISSED THE DUNK! But apparently not all the Clippers got back and they got the rebound. Then they put up a shot and Livingston blocked it but another Hawk caught the rebound and put it in. The only other plays I saw were that Kaman offensive rebound followed by that mind-boggling fade-away 15 footer + that Maggette 3-pointer "attempt". When Maggette caught the ball he should've passed it back to Livingston because two Hawks converged on him right away. That's just too bad.
But yeah it shouldn't have come down to those plays. Maybe Ross & Christie should've played more in the 4th since there were so many defensive lapses? Also did the Clippers try to go zone to stop the dribble penetration?
Apparently Mobley was terrific (5 for 6 3's!), and so was Kaman. The best stats for Chris I thought were the *6* blocks and amazingly only 1 turnover in 37 minutes. With Brand out Cassell needed to step up but he was only 1 out of 8 in FG. Thomas and Maggette continued their recent shooting struggles.
I think this game is an example of how the Clippers need to refocus on DEFENSE. That's why they were so successful last year- they were able to shut other teams down. They took PRIDE in their D. I think coach needs to yank guys who aren't doing the job defensively no matter how much they bring to the offense. Go with the lineup of Brand/Singleton, Kaman/Williams, Ross/Christie, Mobley, and Livingston- at this point nobody has the right to b*tch about playing time unless you play D.