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Friday, December 9th, 2016

THE 1ST PLACE L.A. CLIPPERS?

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“If I’m the GM, I’m not trading Marko Jaric for Sam Cassell. No way.” That’s Sam Cassell on his trade to the Clippers. But it’s working for him. After last year, it looked like he was just an aged player whose skills were in rapid decline. But so far this season, his numbers are up. Points, assists and rebounds are all up at least 2-3 per game. He’s also missed only 1 free throw, shooting 96% from the ine. The Clippers are 6-2 and are tied for the best record in the West. It is the best start ever for the franchise.

They’re not just beating the bottom of the league either. They pounded the Bucks last 109-85, holding Michael Redd to only 15. They opened the season with a road win at Seattle. In between they have beaten Atlanta, Minnesota in OT, and Atlanta and Washington on the road. Sure Atlanta isn’t good, but a road win is a road win. And the Clippers are already 3-2 on the road. They have yet to lose at home.

Elton Brand has taken it up a notch. He has lead the team in scoring in 5 of the 8 games, rebounding in 4 and even led them in assists one game. He’s shooting 59% and is averaging 23.3/9.5 and 2.25 blocks per game. The crazy thing is he is only 26 years old. 26! It’s likely he will finish the year in the top 10 in all those categories.

Corey Maggette, also only 26, is playing great too. He’s averaging almost 20 a game and you get the feeling that he is one of those players that other guys don’t want to play against.

Those 3 players, plus solid contributors like Mobley, Kaman, Wilcox, Daniel Ewing and Quinton Ross have made the Clips one of the younger and more exciting teams in the league. And while on paper it looks as if they would be deficient defensively, they are 6th in the league in FG% allowed. They are also 8th in the league in total points. Surprisingly they are near the bottom of the league in 3pt. shooting. Also surprising to me was that they are currently 6th overall in rebounding.

They are not going to beat the Spurs this year. But 50 wins doesn’t seem out of the question. Maybe they have finally turned the corner as a franchise.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009" rel="nofollow">The Armchair Quarterback</a>

    Having Drew end the press conference for T.O. shows just how misguided these two are. Owens can never be considered humbled but at least he didn’t have the defiant tone in his voice that he had in his first public apology. Then Drew steps in and basically snaps us back to reality with the “we’re victims here” speech. Angry, arrogant, and…oh yeah, stupid.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009" rel="nofollow">BigD</a>

    To all those who believe Rosenhaus has somehow led T.O. down the wrong path…Drew works for T.O. There is nothing that Rosenhaus would do that Owens did not sign up for. Another example of our society passing blame to someone else. Stand up and take accountability. Yes, Rosenhaus is a tool. But that’s his job.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    I totally disagree–you see it in politics all the time. A “spokesperson” says the wrong thing, casts the wrong vibe and it’s poison. Surely T.O. was a tool before hiring Drew. But Rosenhaus isn’t exactly making progress for him. He’s not helping him much at all. And that isn’t why T.O. pays him a lot of coin. It’s to get him the biggest WR contract and to get him endorsments and out of snafus like this. Drew is 0-3.

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