The Jazz come to town at the worst possible time for the Clippers – the team has dropped 11 of their last 15 games and they’re getting used to the new style interim coach Kim Hughes is implementing (they’re looking to push the ball as much as possible, using their athleticism to create opportunities on the break).
The problem with switching to a fast-paced, full-court offense from a methodical, half-court based one is not in this case the talent, but rather the fact that the Clippers’ players aren’t in the shape they need to be in for this system to work.
Baron Davis admitted as much following Saturday’s blowout loss at home to the Spurs, saying, “We’re not going to win games playing this way and as we get better, we’ll have more and more confidence in each other and get in better shape,” point guard Baron Davis said. “I think our brighter days are definitely ahead of us.”
My first instinct seeing a quote of this nature coming from Baron was to think back to last season’s debacle as he was overweight, sluggish and generally not very good. But then I thought of all the games I’ve seen the team play this year and realized that while they’re in shape, they’re not in shape to run and run and run some more. They’re in shape to run when the numbers force it and to stand around and watch Baron dribble the rest of the time.
Looking at tonight’s game, I see the Jazz as having a distinct advantage in regards to depth and think that will help them put Kim Hughes’ record at 0-2.