The Clippers got to trot out the reinforcements, Randy Foye continued to produce, and Blake Griffin was his beastly self. But new faces, same results; the LA Clippers faced a Sacramento Kings team bolstered by a frenetic crowd and came up short at ARCO Arena (soon to be Power Balance Pavilion), falling 105 – 99 to the Kings. Let’s take a quick look at the Clips, now 0-for-post-All-Star-Break:
- Blake Griffin is an absolute monster. 27 points, 12 boards, 4 dimes, AND he hit 9-12 from the free throw line
- Mo Williams debut looked like a success; 16 pts, 5 asts, and 5 steals.
- Randy Foye (23 points, 4 asts, 3 boards, 2 steals) continues to put up very good numbers as a starter.
- Chris Kaman keeps raising his game; 25 minutes, 12 points, 5 rbs, 50% from the floor.
- The Clippers have shown a proclivity to struggle mightily out of the half; last night, the Clips racked up 31 in the 3rd, scoring 83 through 3…
- …then promptly turned around and bumbled their way to only 16 points in the 4th, got outscored by 11 in the final frame, and surrendered 16 points in the period to Sac-Town newcomer Marcus Thorton (who wound up with 29). You read that right- the Clippers as a team were outscored by a 2nd year back-up shooting guard.
- While Foye and Mo Williams combined for 39 points, they also shot a combined 14 – 35. They need to remember who the team workhorse is; in the 4th quarter they teamed up to go 4 – 13, while Blake only got 3 shots (making 2). Even if he has to force the action or dish, Blake needs to touch the ball to make things happen, but Foye and Williams showed a quick trigger off of screens.
- Other than Kaman, the bench combined for 58 minutes and a measly 15 points.
- DeAndre Jordan is getting minutes, but hasn’t lived up to the production he was giving earlier this season- 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 fouls isn’t going to cut it.
- Mo Williams appeared to reinjure his ankle in the 3rd; hopefully it was just a tweak and doesn’t set him back too bar, his shooting is needed in that starting line-up.
With all three Kings’ owners, the Maloof brothers, in the house and the buzz about the franchise’s possible move to Anaheim all around, the fans’ energy pushed their team to a win. The Clip Show looks to bounce back Wednesday when the scrappy Houston Rockets come to the Staples Center on Wednesday at 7:30 PST.