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On the surface, the Clippers keep maintaining that they won’t crumble under the heavy weight of this tumultuous season.
A nine-game losing streak has the Clippers reeling and it is testing their resolve. Will they fight through the rough patch or will they fracture?
“I think for the most part our...
1. The second-half collapse was completed in the fourth quarter when it appeared as if the Clippers stopped competing.
Their deficit ballooned to 26 points, with their effort waning every step of the way during their loss to the New York Knicks on Monday night.
The Clippers scored only 17 points...
The NBA season is a month old, and standings are starting to solidify. What teams and players have impressed and disappointed over the past two weeks?Good:
Other teams and players are surging in the NBA right now, but the Celtics deserve to have this section to themselves. Winners of an incredible 16 games in a row, the Celtics give the feeling of a team of destiny this year. Gordon Hayward, possibly their best overall player coming into the season, went down with terrifying ankle injury in their first game, and the only effect it’s had on the Celts is apparently to inspire them. Jayson Tatum is having an unbelievable rookie season, scoring the ball at high efficiency and playing competent defense on a consistent basis. Jaylen Brown has taken a step forward in his sophomore season, and is rounding into a well above average player on both sides of the ball. Al Horford, a four time All Star, is putting together a career year at age 31, and is somehow the frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year. Kyrie Irving is dishing out his usual punishment as the closer in clutch games, Marcus Smart is boosting the team on both offense and defense despite being the worst shooting player in NBA history, and the team is getting positive contributions from unheralded rookies such as Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis. They’ve gotten lucky with some close wins, sure. But this team defends every possession like it’s the NBA Finals, and they believe in themselves to an insane degree. LeBron James lingers as a specter over their season, and endures as the gatekeeper to the Finals—yet the Cavs have proven themselves vulnerable. Boston won’t keep playing like this all season, but if they can summon this kind of energy and defense in the playoffs, they have a chance at taking down the King.
The Memphis Grizzlies:
The Grizzlies were one of the talks of the NBA following a 5-1 start. They seemed to have put worries of age and lack of talent behind them, and appeared to be just as good a team as they have been this entire decade. They have now lost five games in a row, and the concerns about them before the season are starting to come home to roost. They simply don’t seem to have a lot of talent (on the offensive end), borne out by the fact that only three of their players are scoring in double digits. Mike Conley has shot the ball horribly this season, and while his efficiency might revert towards his career norms, his and Marc Gasol’s lack of help will remain an issue barring trades. Tyreke Evans has been a revelation for the Grizz, but none of the other projects on their team look nearly as good. After four years of being a below average player in Sacramento, McLemore is now playing at the same level in Memphis. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. Andrew Harrison is still young, but he was atrocious for the Griz last season, and he’s shooting even worse so far this year. Chandler Parsons appears much improved over last year’s husk, yet he remains far removed from the player they wooed in free agency two summers ago. Where do points come from on this Memphis team? Unless one of their young guys makes a leap, their offense will probably be among the worst in the NBA this season, and that’s not a recipe for making the playoffs.
After a 6-2 start, the Magic are 2-7 in their last nine games. Worse, five of those losses have been utter blowouts, and their two wins have come against mediocre opposition. I doubt many people thought they were going to be a 50-win team, but there was a possibility they could make the playoffs after five seasons in the lottery. They still could (it’s only been 17 games, and they are one game below .500 even now), yet their outlook is a whole lot grimmer. Their nosedive coincided almost perfectly with the return of starting point guard Elfrid Payton, and his lack of shooting really cripples their offense. The issue is that he’s their best overall option at the position, especially defensively, and has been one of the team’s building blocks since being drafted in 2014. The Magic need to figure out what to do with him, because he is not helping them at all right now. Orlando’s outside shooting has cooled after a hot start, and they don’t have a true go-to scorer. Even in the Eastern Conference, it’s tough to make the playoffs without a player like that. If the Magic can tighten their defense up to the level it was the first two weeks of the season they should still be a solid team, but it’s difficult to see them finishing higher than 8th in the East.Ugly:
Lonzo Ball’s Scoring:
Lonzo Ball has done a lot of stuff well in his first NBA season. He’s averaging 7 assists to just 2.6 turnovers, a very good ratio, especially for a rookie. He’s also proven himself a terrific rebounder for a guard, pulling in just over 7 a game. Ball’s defense has also been a lot better than expected—he’s been around average there, rather than awful. Providing decent defense as a rookie point guard is legitimately impressive, and there’s nothing you can take away from Ball on that end of the court. The issue has been Ball’s shooting, or really just his overall scoring. Right now, he’s shooting 31.3% from the field, 22.8% from three, and 46.2% from the free throw line. That is one of the worst shooting lines from any player in NBA history. He can’t make jump shots, he can’t finish around the rim, and he doesn’t get to the line (1.5 attempts per game). His shooting will undoubtedly improve somewhat over the course of the season, but the struggles to finish and work free in the halfcourt are worrisome. Ball simply doesn’t look explosive out there, and that’s not something that players can generally improve much. He brings things to the table, but he’s also taking a lot away right now.
Your Los Angeles Clippers, currently on a nine game losing streak, are easily the ugliest thing going on in the NBA right now. They aren’t playing well on either end of the floor, don’t play exciting basketball, and appear to already be in their own heads. Not exactly the fresh start fans were expecting this season.
Danilo Gallinari eased down a hallway inside Madison Square Garden on Monday night, his sharp navy blue suit making him look more like a model than a basketball player sidelined because of an injury.
Gallinari stopped for a few minutes to listen to a reporter talk about Clippers point guard Patrick...
Patrick Beverley returned but the Clippers still sucked.
The Clippers’ offense is streaky. It’s prone to ponderousness. Passing activity ceases for long stretches and the players revert to unproductive hero-ball.
These are negative qualities. But when added to the Clippers’ unwillingness or inability (or whatever) to play something resembling effective defense, the resulting combination is fatal.
That’s how you lose nine in a row.
The Clippers couldn’t muster the defense necessary to compensate for their periods of offensive impotence, and the Knicks ran away with victory, 107-85.
Right now, the questions facing Doc Rivers, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan are plentiful, and the answers number too few. Starting point guard and defensive stalwart Patrick Beverley returned from a two-game injury-related absence but couldn’t stem the cavalcade of badness that is quickly defining this team.
Every run of Clippers competence was answered and overcome by a Knicks counter. The Clippers sank 4 threes in the opening four minutes. An 8-0 Knicks run spoiled the rhythm. The young and novel bench mob brought energy that sparked a period of positive play straddling the first and second quarters. A 10-0 New York tide handled the uprising. A 15-0 Clipper riposte brought the game within 2 in the heart of the third quarter, but a 12-0 Knicks run ballooned to one of 17-2 and LA never saw the game again.
And, if there was ever a game to steal with B-grade stuff, this might have been one. The Knicks kept pace with the Clippers’ sloppiness with 14 first-half turnovers and 22 overall, and neither team succeeded in finding the painted area very often — the two squads combined to score fewer than 70 points inside.
This game was ugly, often boring, and the kind of sluggish, drawn-out affair that can spell trouble for the home team. New York monster Kristaps Porzingis scored “only” 25 points, converting just 2 of his 7 three-point attempts and 7 of 20 overall. Enes Kanter pulled down 6 offensive rebounds (16 overall) and exchanged them for just 12 total points. Tim Hardaway Jr. wasn’t a ball of hot fire. He scored a respectable 13 and missed all but one of his long tries.
The Clippers were simply worse. Porzingis’ arms stretched beyond the skyline and blotted out Blake Griffin. Blake scored 21 points but needed 17 shots to do it. DeAndre, Wes Johnson, and Willie Reed -- yes, Willie Reed -- were the only Clippers to achieve double digits in scoring, and each did it just barely. Lou Williams finally struggled, finishing with just 8 points and 2 assists.
Milos Teodosic and Danilo Gallinari may represent the fix, but the playoff threshold is galloping away while those two remain sidelined. In the meantime, the starters need to match the intensity of their reserves. For the first time in a long time, it’s the starting unit that’s failing to hold its end down. Blake, DeAndre, and Austin Rivers each finished worse than minus-20, with primary sub and complementary starter Lou WIlliams a team-worst minus-29.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and the New York Knicks extended the Clippers' losing streak to nine games with a 107-85 victory Monday night.
Porzingis outplayed a frustrated Blake Griffin and helped the Knicks snap a 10-game skid in the series with their first victory over the Clippers in...