The Clippers lost their first pre-season game last night 101-108 versus the Golden State Warriors. We now present you with The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of the game:
Eric Gordon shot 7-11 from the field and 50% from the three to score a crazy efficient 19 points. He also added an impressive 5 assists. DeAndre Jordan was 8 for 8 from the field, netting 22 points! He also grabbed 10 rebounds and got a steal & a block. Also, in a resurgence from the dead, Ricky Davis has 12 points, 3 assists, and shot 3-4 from the three-point line. This season with our bigs going to work down low it’ll be important to hit our threes. If Ricky can give us that, then he might actually help the team this year. Go figure, huh?
Everyone says not to put too much weight into pre-season games. Partly it’s ‘cuz rookies are given extra playing time, the coaches don’t play their regular rotations, and honestly most non-newbie coaches don’t care if they win or not. That being said, both Dunleavy and Warriors’ coach Don Nelson pretty much played their regulars. Rasual Butler, Baron Davis and Eric Gordon all played 33-36 minutes. Al Thornton only played 20, but that’s ‘cuz he got 6 fouls. Kaman only played 27, but he too got into foul trouble, picking up 4. The only non-regular player for the Clips who got in is camp invitee (& former Laker) Kareem Rush. There was no Brian Skinner, Anthony Roberson, J McNeal or T Gray (whoever those last 2 guys are), and yet still the Clips lost. To a team that isn’t expected to contend for a playoff spot and which has already had to deal with controversy in training camp. That ain’t good. Some might even say that’s bad. Or The Bad.
Other bad is that while our two second-year players posted some good stats, they both also had 5 turnovers. DeAndre picked up 5 fouls in just 25 minutes. Baron also had 7 turnovers. Yes, he had 11 pts, 7 rbs, 5 asts, a steal and a three, but he shot 36% from the field. Granted the man’s not known for a high shooting percentage, but that don’t inspire confidence.
As the SAT example goes: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Discuss.
Did Not Play due to injuries: Blake Griffin, Marcus Camby & Sebastian Telfair. It looked like we would be stacked in the Bigs department this year, but with both Blake & Marcus out our starting PF was… Al Thornton. Granted against the Warriors it ain’t a bad idea to go small, but still. Backup PF Craig Smith who’s expected to give some decent minutes managed to get 3 fouls in just 9 minutes. That meant we were basically down to two bigs: Kaman & Jordan, who had 4 and 5 fouls respectively. Hopefully we’re just being extra-precautious with resting injured players since it’s the pre-season, but if this is an omen for your 2009-2010 Clippers’ state of health, then we’ve got a dark, dark year ahead.