Last night, the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets, 106 to 93. All 5 of the Clippers starters had good games and DeAndre Jordan had a monster game grabbing 20 boards and blocking 6 shots. Eric Gordon bounced back from the last game and put u[ 28 points while Blake Griffin continued his dominance with 22 points and 18 rebounds. I guess we can finally say the future is starting to look bright in Clipper nation.
The Nuggets weren’t pushovers either though. Chauncy Billups was on fire all night and scored 25 points on 14 shots. Carmelo Anthony also put up 31 points but those two were not enough to beat the young and running Clippers. I honestly feel that Ty Lawson and JR Smith’s injuries during the game also helped the Clippers out too. If those two came in the game and had huge scoring bursts like they usually do, we could have seen another second half collapse.
There’s a lot of talk about DeAndre Jordan staying in the starting lineup once Chris Kaman returns and I say that is the right way to go. Chris Kaman’s scoring skills would come in handy in the second unit when most teams do not have a strong backup center. Besides Eric Bledsoe, no one else on the second unit can really score right now. Ike Diogu has shown flashes but he is too inconsistent and not that great defensively. Aminu too is inconsistent and really streaky. If Aminu can develop more consistency and Kaman returns healthy and not a stumbling idiot, our second unit would be stronger and a force to be reckon with.
The next game is this Sunday against the Golden State Warriors. The last time they played together, the Clippers suffered an embarrassing loss and had its first third quarter collapse of the season, only scoring 13 to the Warriors 32. The Warriors are pretty healthy this time around but Blake Griffin has gotten smarter and the team as a whole has gotten better. I see a lot of dunks coming for this game by Blake Griffin and say that he will have 5 dunks by the end of the night.