The Clippers’ 95-89 loss to the Celtics tonight is a good example of what it means to be a Clippers fan. This is a game that I’d written off last night after the team beat the Wizards for a couple of reasons: 1) it’s the second half of a back-to-back, and the key players played a lion’s share of minutes in the first half, a blowout victory nonetheless; and 2) they were unfortunate enough to be playing the Celtics.
But no, life as a Clippers fan is never predictable nor is it easy. The Clippers, as they always seem to do, took on the star persona of their leader, Baron Davis and gave the Celtics all they could handle, leading by one point at the break before a third quarter collapse sealed their fate. Boom Dizzle’s star shines especially bright on the nights when he is playing against a team in a big media market or a team with a bona fide superstar (or in the Celtics’ case, three or four bona fide superstars).
Davis had 16 points and dished out 7 assists, Marcus Camby pulled down 14 boards, just under his per game average for the past 6 games, while Chris Kaman added 9 rebounds and only 10 points on 5-of-19 shooting, and never got to the free throw line even though he was guarded by Kendrick Perkins for much of the night.
Rasual Butler led the Clippers in points and minutes played, scoring 17 points in 44 minutes filling for Eric Gordon, who missed his third straight game with a toe injury.
In a trade expected to be approved by the league office tomorrow, the Clippers acquired second-year guard Bobby Brown from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick. Brown should be able to fill in right away at both guard positions and his addition should mean the end of the line for JameSon Curry (whom the team signed Saturday to a 10-day contract and who has played less than one full minute in the two games he’s been eligible), as a roster spot will have to be freed up in order for Brown to join the team. The Clippers also set the timetable for Sebastian Telfair’s return from a groin injury at 4-6 weeks.
I’ll be interested to see what Dunleavy and Curry say about the short stay, as he never got a chance to see if the big numbers he was putting up in the D-League translated to the NBA. Also worth noting is that Dunleavy seemed to respond in a surprised fashion when asked by an LA Times reporter of his thoughts regarding Curry’s arrest for urinating in public and resisting arrest. In fact, Dunleavy went as far as to say that he doesn’t “think somebody urinating in public would be something that would keep (Dunleavy) from picking somebody up.”
That’s right, even if someone was down on the streets urinating, it doesn’t mean Dunleavy wouldn’t stop to pick that person up. Hell of a guy, Mike Sr. is.
The team’s next game is Tuesday against the lowly Nets of New Jersey.