aka Don Allen
PIC OF THE DAY - Today's honor could go to Jamal Crawford who led all scores with 27, but Chis Paul did it all. Chris went for 25 points while hitting 10 of 17 shots and 3 of 5 from downtown. He also had 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals in 29 minutes.
CLIPPERS HAVE A GARDEN PARTY - After being demoralized in Miami, and having to stay in South Beach with time to dwell on the defeat, then having to arrive in New York late because of the storm, and having to play a game with a very early start time, all the excuses for a flat performance were there for the taking. Instead, the Clippers came out looking like the team that won 17 straight not to long ago and handed the Knicks a convincing 102 - 88 defeat.
Chris Paul and Chauncey Billips started the game by hitting 3 straight shots from beyond the arc. Chris finished with 25 points and set the table for Jamal Crawford who went for 27 off the bench. Blake Griffin had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Our starters outscored our bench bya margin of 54 -48. But the +/- rating was dominated by our bench. That means the starting lineup was treading water while the bench was exploding when they were on the floor and playing great defense. Grant Hill was the only guy who could slow down Carmelo Anthony holding him to 4 points in the 4th quarter. Without Grant, Carmelo could have went for 60. Imagine this40 year old guy becoming our defensive specialist.
NEXT UP - The Clippers travel to Phildalphia for a back to back game on Monday night. This is the last game of the 8 game road trip, and a win would salvage a record of 4 - 4. Considering what the Clips have gone through lately, that would be a good finish to a grueling trip on the road.
ROAD WARRIORS GO HOME - With the Philly game, the Clippers will have played 14 of their last 17 games on the road at a time when they had so many key players out with injury. It is easy to see why they have struggled lately.They will go home to play 5 in a row in LA even though one game is a Laker home game. They will play 12 of their next 16 games at Staples. With every one healthy, look for them to get healthy in the win column.
SLAM DUNK CONTEST - It has been announced that ERIC BLEDSOE will in fact participate in the Slam Dunk Contest during All Star Weekend. It was also reported that DeAndre Jordan turned down an opportunity to show off his Lob City skills.
TRADE RUMORS - Rumors have circulated that the Clippers and the Boston Celtics have been talking about a trade that would bring Kevin Garnett to the Clippers for Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler. Those rumors say the Clippers are willing to give up Bledsoe, but I think that giving up a young future all star quality player for an aging superstar whose days are numbered, is probaby the reason the deal hasn't gone down. More likely the Clippers would love to move Butler and other assets for Garnett. Both sides are denying the rumors but they always do so as to protect the players involved. Can you imagine a front line of DJ, KG, with Blake Griffin moving to small forward. Pound it in baby! The trade deadline is looming.