This was a great game for the first 3 and a half quarters. Midway through the fourth quarter, Clippers had their trademark meltdown and let the Blazers go on a 15-0 run which sealed the game and forced the Clippers to lose their first game of the season and have Vinny Del Negro get a sub .500 record. But being the first game of a new season with new coaches, players, and system, I’m not worried. The Blazers have a system set in place with veterans and a team that has not had much change over the last several years besides injuries and small trades. The core is still in tact and players like Roy, Aldridge and Batum are leading the way for another successful season for Portland.
Clippers on the other hand still needs to work out some grooves and such. This game has solidify the knowledge that yes, Blake Griffin is a good player. So is Eric Gordon. And Rasual Butler can hit threes. The subpar performance by the all star vets of Baron Davis and Chris Kaman leaves much to be desired from them. And Ryan Gomes and Randy Foye do not look like servicable players.
Ryan Gomes is not the starting small forward that this team needs. Everyone keeps talking about how he is a playmaker and a good 5th man on the team who can hit the open 3. Ryan Gomes is supposed to be that glue guy. But last night, all I see him do was miss shots. And his playmaking? If passing the ball immediately to the teammate closest to him despite the fact that said teammate is being overcrowded by defenders is considered playmaking than yes, Gomes can do that. I like having Rasual Butler coming off the bench though because he can add a scoring punch when our other scorers are out.
Next game is tomorrow at the bay against the Warriors. Go Jeremy Lin and go Clippers.
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