Thursday 10-7-2010 - Clippers 120 - Kings - 88 (Preseason)

That’s more like it.

That is how it should be.

Tonight, the Kings got wiped off California by the Clippers in the Clippers’ second preseason game.  After a horrible first night, the Clippers were able to bounce back and wreck their division rivals.  The game was not televised and I was not able to find it on the radio through my alarm clock so I followed the boxscore and the game thread on Clipsnation.  I was already having a good night so the Clippers winning was just icing on the cake.

Notes

  • Blake Griffin finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, and zero turnovers in 23 minutes of playing time.  He went beastmode and showed the world why he is the number one draft pick.
  • Chris Kaman had 20 points but only 2 rebounds and 1 block.  His scoring is consistently high but he needs to stay active on the boards and defense.  I think it’s going to take our caveman some time to adjust to having Blake on the floor with him.  Personally I want to see a reverse role from 2006 when Elton Brand did most of the jumpshooting and offense while Chris Kaman handled the dirty business underneath the basket.  But now, Kaman can take the offensive role and let Blake do all the hustling around the basket.
  • Eric Gordon had 12 points in 20 minutes.  I think he needs more rest and time to adjust to playing back in NBA rules.
  • Randy Foye led the game in assists with 8.  I never paid attention to Randy Foye so knowing that he can distribute the ball takes eases the mind a bit.  He’ll be a good placeholder until Eric Bledsoe develops more.
  • Al-Farouq Aminu takes the surprise of the night with his stat line of 17 points and 8 rebounds.  He also made 2 three pointers in the game.  Some doubt is removed from my mind about him now and I can’t wait until he becomes more consistent and better.
  • Craig Smith and Brian Cook (lol) also lifted the second unit with a combined 20 points.
  • DeAndre Jordan looked like a scrub today finishing with 1 point, 3 rebounds, and 6 fouls.  I am starting to lose faith in him.
  • Baron Davis once again did not play because of conditioning issues.
  • Willie Warren and Eric Bledsoe did not play either because of small injuries.  I’m really looking forward to Willie Warren.  If he can play the way he did two years ago, he’ll be a steal of the draft.
  • DeMarcus Cousins finished with 15 points and 3 rebounds.  But he also fouled out.  He looks good at times but also very inconsistent.  I don’t see him as a challenge for rookie of the year unless he starts getting consistency out there.
  • Tyreke Evans also played less than 10 minutes in the game.

All in all, a good game for Clippers fans.  Something to get us hyped up.  I’m also still getting into my own rhythm in this blogging business.  Anyone got suggestions, you’re more than welcome to leave it in the comments section.

Clipsnation review on tonight’s game, a must read.

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