I am deeply sorry about not posting for a while, I haven’t fully recovered from my illness that got me 2 weeks ago. But I still been keeping up with the Clippers and I like what I’m seeing. This is a new era for the Clippers. Despite the one win and five loss record so far, I am not enraged or disappointed and what I’m seeing. This is mainly because the Clippers have a new leader in Eric Gordon. With Baron Davis out with some knee injury that he had since 2007 (huh?) and rumored to be on the trading block, Eric Gordon has taken over the reins and is putting the team on his back. The last three games, Eric Gordon has scored 23, 27, and 21 but that’s nothing new since we always knew he can score. The best part is that in those three games, he is averaging 5 rebounds per game with also a handful of assists. His first game of Baron Davis’ absence saw him put up a career high 11 assists. And he is doing this while still having that silent demeanor of his. Of course, he still has some kinks to work out too. His three point range has been abysmal throughout the season already. Of the last six games, he’s only made 6 threes out of 32 which is a low 18 percent hit for him. I’m sure he’ll find his range soon though and his average will eventually balance out to the 40% that we’ve all been accustomed to.
Now for 2 cents on Baron Davis. I understand why his salary is what it is. He led Golden State to an unbelievable playoff appearance and played very well for them. And at the time of his signing, it was believed that he would be playing with Elton Brand so everything made sense. So I cannot hate him for taking a good percent of the team’s salary space, but I can be irritated by the fact that he’s been underperforming ever since he arrived in LA. Besides random stretches where his brilliance is shown, Baron Davis has not been the team leader that everyone hoped for. He has one of the best court visions of any point guard out there but where is the rest of him. The least I want from Baron Davis is to bring some swagger and confidence to the team but majority of the time, he looks pissed off.
Right now, I’m on the fence of whether or not I want him here or not. I like the veteran presence he brings along with the court vision and knowledge of the game. But the way Eric Bledsoe has been performing (and he’s been performing extremely well), there is a lot to be desired from Baron. If Baron Davis’ absence means more aggressive and confident Eric Gordon though, then I will want him gone. But if Baron and Gordon can find a way to coexist with each other than I would want him to stay.