Los Angeles, Ca – The Los Angeles Clippers look ready now for a deeper run in playoffs. It’s only preseason so we are only getting a glimpse into what this team will be about. One thing you see for sure is this team has depth and potential with a second unit that can compete when called upon.
The Clippers took care of business earlier against the visiting World Champions Golden State Warriors in their first matchup of the year 130-95. The Clippers just showed the Warriors what they could have faced last year in Western Conference finals if they didn’t have panic attack in end of that critical game with Houston. But yes NBA fans it’s still preseason. Head Coach Doc Rivers liked what he saw on court last night, “We just need to clean up our technical / silly fouls..”
Forward Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 29 points from the floor with some thundering dunks for the crowd. I know interim Head Coach Luke Walton took notice off Griffin improved jump shot that will keep defenses off balance making him even more dangerous as a scorer this season.
Can you image what this team would look like if the NBA didn’t have a cool off period in free agency signing. Who would have won the opening tip, alley opp master, and double- double 10 points-10 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan looked comfortable and fit right in place being back in Red, White, & Blue uniforms.
By halftime guard Chris Paul already racked up 10 assist to go along with Griffin 23 points and 67-43 led. The team just look in sync with egos checked at the door. Clippers forward Josh Smith stole a pass and had open court but deferred to Griffin to have monster dunk. This type of play will have a profound effect on this team as they work through long season.
The 15, 889 fans didn’t get a chance to see Warriors MVP Stephen Curry play but better believe when they return on Thursday November 19th at 7:30pm. This will be a great barometer of how the team is playing as team and by then the second unit will have had more time to show can it be effect. This team will only go as far as the second unit can give the proper rest for the starters and bring in an energy that is need on an off night. This year the second unit consistent of Paul Pierce, Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Josh Smith & Wesley Johnson to be first off the bench.
Opening night is one week away on Wednesday October 28th where the Clippers will travel to Sacramento to face the Kings at 7:00pm pt tip-off. Let’s get ready ClipperNation……..