The Los Angeles Clippers are showing signs of live after winning two straight home games. The Clips were coming off a disappointing road trip where they lost each of their three games and the finger pointing was directed towards Head Coach Vinny Del Negro. The team looked to be in disarray and missing the playoffs was becoming a reality. Having an elite player like guard Chris Paul will not let the team go down in flames. The Clippers back to back victories came in impressive fashion. The first win came against a very talented Memphis Grizzles squad. The Clips set the tone from the onset of the game. Forward Blake Griffin had a good game going 20 and 10, but once again (like all season long) was getting beat up. It concerns me how long Blake is going to lasts in this league. The guy takes a pounding like one of Manny Pacquiao’s opponents.
Along with Blake, CP3 also had a double/double recording 19 points and 13 helpers. This has happen in the pasts though, were both Blake and CP3 have good games but the Clippers find a way to lose, unless they find another scorer to help win the game. Guard Nick Young had his best game as a Clipper scoring 16 points off the bench and played 26 minutes coming off the bench. Randy Foye was the starter at point guard and he outscored Young with 18 points in 30 minutes. Combined they scored 34 points, which was huge reason the Clips beat the Grizzles 101-85.
In the following game versus the Hornets, the Clippers got off to their best first quarter start of the season. They came out of the gates in an 18-2 run. The game was dictated by the Clips throughout. Once again the charge was lead by both CP3 and Blake. CP3 had another double/double going for 25 and 10 assist against his former team, while Blake had 20 and 7. What caught my eye in this game were the minuets between Foye and Young. Foye got the start again scoring 5 points and playing 23 minutes. Young on the other hand came off the bench scoring 17 points (his new best game as a Clipper) and played 24 minutes. It is inevitable that Young will supplant Foye as the Clippers starting point guard. The key is contribution from both players; if they can combine to average something in the neighborhood of 23-25 points a game, the Clippers will make the playoffs.
Looks like the Clippers have a bit of momentum on their side. Up next is the Phoenix Suns who have given the Clips trouble in the past. So far this season the Clippers are 0-2 against the Suns. I believe the third time will be the charm and the Clips will enjoy a third straight victory. I think the emergence of Nick Young will put the Clips over the edge against teams they should beat. LET”S GO CLIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!