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#16 LA Clippers @ New York Knicks
Clippers1121 » 11/20/17 » 1:45pm
11/22/17 » 1:41am
Where do we stand as a franchise right now and into the future.. seriously?
pro100 » 11/9/17 » 1:15pm (Page: 1, 2, 3)
11/21/17 » 11:44pm
Kristaps Porzingis vs Blake Griffin
ClipsAhoy » 11/7/17 » 10:25am
11/21/17 » 7:04am
should the clips just tank for a high lottery pick?
japkilla » 11/20/17 » 11:01pm
11/20/17 » 11:30pm
first 10 games last few years and how the seasons unfolded
uncle pumblechook » 10/27/17 » 7:35am (Page: 1, 2)
11/20/17 » 10:20pm
The Clippers get their starting point guard back. Will it be enough?
The Big Picture:
If you’ve been a fan of the Clippers since before the Blake Griffin-Chris Paul transformation, then this is like old times. If you’re a more recent fan, welcome to the club! You now know what it’s like to root for a bad basketball team. Or, at least, a team capable of very bad basketball for a very long stretch.
The Clippers have been missing three starters, and while no one can reasonably say that they’re surprised to see Danilo Gallinari’s breaking body on the sideline, the team can be excused for playing short of its potential. (DeAndre Jordan gets no such sympathy.) But facts are facts and the franchise is experiencing its first 8-game losing streak since Blake Griffin’s rookie-season-that-wasn’t (2009-10).
Fortunately, hope abounds. Patrick Beverley is expected to play tonight, and while he can’t buttress the flagging defense all by himself, you can bet that he’ll try. And the offense hasn’t really been the problem. So if Beverley can give this team (and DeAndre) the kick in the pants it deserves, a return to respectability may be near.
Hey, the Knicks aren’t so bad. They finished last season 31-51, traded Carmelo Anthony for Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott — which may be a wash, sure — but have managed a respectable mark of 8-7. Some of that credit goes to a home-heavy early schedule. Most of that credit goes to Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis is now a fully-realized destroyer of worlds. The (approximately) 10-foot tall Latvian-born 22-year-old is averaging 27.8 points with 2.3 blocks and a shiny 48/42/82 shooting slash-line. He survived offseason trade rumors, the most exciting thing to happen to New York since Hamilton. The Knicks’ defense is still a horror show, but with Porzingis and a Kanter-fueled #1 rating in offensive rebounding, the offense has been productive enough to keep the team competitive. Just ignore the guard situation.
- The Schedule: A trip south to Atlanta on Thanksgiving Eve presents the Clippers’ best chance for a win should they succumb tonight. Sacramento awaits on Saturday. Come to think of it, if the Clippers enter next Monday’s game against the Lakers with this skid still unbroken, just blow the damn thing up.
- Clippings: Having Beverley back has its obvious benefits. One benefit that may be less so? Lightening every guard’s workload. . . Keep shooting, Wes Johnson. . . Actually, Porzingis is slumping a little. . . Joakim Noah is riding the pine. . . ICYMI from last week, LeBron said the Knicks should’ve drafted Dennis Smith Jr. instead of Frank Ntilikina, who took the barb in stride.
- For more on the Knicks, check out Posting and Toasting.
Though the stumbling Clippers updated Patrick Beverley’s chance to return Monday night from doubtful to questionable, his teammates seemed certain that the point guard would be back for the game against the Knicks.
After the Clippers lost their eighth consecutive game Saturday night to the Charlotte...
The Clippers lost to the Charlotte Hornets 102-87 on Saturday for the team’s eighth straight loss. Here are five things we learned:
1. The Clippers are falling and falling and falling and can’t seem to get back up, leaving all of them hoping that the return of guard Patrick Beverley for Monday...
Starting point guard Patrick Beverley is supposed to return for tomorrow’s game in New York— and not a moment too soon
Patrick Beverley has missed the last five Clippers’ games (all losses) due to a sore right knee. The good news: he is expected to return tomorrow for the Clippers’ game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Beverley will return to his duty as the team’s starting point guard, presumably pushing Austin Rivers to shooting guard and Sindarius Thornwell to the bench. Beverley is only averaging 3 assists per game, but he looks to pass the ball a bit more than Austin or Thornwell, and it doesn’t stick to him as much. However, he brings two huge elements to the Clippers that they have been sorely missing in recent weeks: defense and three-point shooting. The paint has been clogged for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan with both Thornwell and Wes Johnson starting, and Beverley’s 40% shooting from long distance should clear things up a bit. The Clippers have also given up over 100 points in each of the games Beverley has missed, and 110+ points in three of them. His relentless tenacity at the point of attack, and his constant communication, should be a huge boost to the Clippers’ flagging defense.
Beverley’s minutes might be a bit limited in his first few games back, so it’s possible that Jawun Evans still gets a couple minutes, but I wouldn’t expect more than that for him. Thornwell, Austin, and Lou Williams will lose minutes as well, though Lou is playing at such a high level it will be tough for Doc to curtail his playing time.
The Clippers desperately need help to stem their eight game losing streak, and Beverley, who was probably their 2nd best player through the first couple weeks of the season, should be a massive help.