The Clippers defied all odds and played a good basketball game last night in their way to a 90-82 victory over the Bulls in Chicago.
Chris Kaman returned from a two-game absence and scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in helping the team to victory. Watching these past few games, it’s been obvious that the Clippers’ offense is much better off when Kaman is on the floor, as his ability to stretch the floor and bring opponents’ big men out of the paint. Kaman scored the first 2 points of the game and immediately gained the attention of the Bulls’ defense, something that allowed everyone else to get better looks on offense.
The starters for the Clippers all played at least 35 minutes and increased the team’s record with this starting five to 10-2. So, if the team is 21-27 and they’re 10-2 with the starting 5 of Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Rasual Butler, Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman, why wouldn’t this be the starting 5 until something changes? Well, because that might be too logical an approach to success.
The Clippers finish off their road trip tonight in Atlanta, where they’ll face a Hawks team that lost in Oklahoma City last night.
***With the NBA Trade Deadline approaching, I’ll be spending some time on RealGM.com and ESPN.com’s respective trade simulators to see if I can come up with a few deals that might make sense for the Clippers. The obvious piece other teams will covet is Camby and his expiring deal, but I don’t know if the Clippers are going to give him away for nothing in return, and I definitely can’t see them taking on contracts just to help another team acquire Camby.
If you have any ideas or successful trades you’ve worked out, please share them in the comments section here.