Make it three. The Los Angeles Clippers dropped their third straight game to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This one may have been the hardest to swallow. The T-Wolves were in control for most of the game, but Clips hung around keeping the game within striking distance. The game was in the hands of Chris Paul in crunch time, in which Chris has excelled this season. The Clippers were down by three with a few seconds remaining in the game, CP3 stepped up to the free throw to attempt three shots after being fouled on a three point attempt. It was a great situation for the Clippers, they had their M.V.P. candidate in position to force overtime and possibly steal a game on the road. Chris made the first and second free throws, but would come up short on the third, giving the T-Wolves a 95-94 victory. It was difficult to see Chris come up short in the clutch, I know the miss free throw is going to sting for a bit. But many factors led to the lost.
Offensive rebounding killed the Clippers during the fourth quarter. For awhile it felt as if every shot the T-Wolves missed someone was there to secure offensive rebounds. Per every shot attempt the T-Wolves were averaging at least another two to three extra possessions. It was frustrating to watch. The Clippers were lucky to still be in the game.
Technical fouls were also a big determining factor to the outcome of the game. Kenyon Martin and Blake Griffin both had T’s in the fourth quarter. Martin technical foul was justified as he argued with the referee as he usually does something that comes with Kenyon when teams sign him to a contract. Despite the technical foul, Kenyon was been playing great as of late. I have been noticing consistency in his outside jumpers and his tenacious defense.
Blake’s technical foul was a bit puzzling. He was fouled hard by T-Wolves guard Luke Ridnour and both players hit the deck. Blake would be charged with a “T” for I am not sure what. I am not kidding; I’m still not sure what the call was.
The last factor that led to the Clippers lost was PF Kevin Love. Blake and Kevin might very well be the two best power forwards in the NBA. But in two of the three matchups, Kevin has gotten the best of Blake. Let me remind everyone that Blake by no means had a bad game; he went for 26 points and 12 rebounds. An amazing night for many in the NBA, on the other hand Kevin had 39 points and 17 rebounds. Yikes! Kevin has a complete game; he can score form the block, can shoot the mid range shot, and can also hurt you from deep. He is a matchup nightmare.
Hopefully Clippers fans do not have to witness many more heartbreaking losses. Thus far the T-Wolves are making it a habit delivering the heartbreak. Next up the Clippers visit the New Jersey Nets and the red hot Deron Williams. In my opinion the two best point guards will be on display. I am expecting an awesome game. LET’S GO CLIPS.