Los Angeles Clippers 2-11 V New Orleans Hornets 7-5
Where: Staples Center in LA
When: Monday, November 24th; 7:30 PM PST
Media: FSN Prime Ticket; ESPN AM 710
Clippers Last Game: 95-112 loss at New Jersey
76ers Last Game: 109-96 win at OKC
Projected Starting Units:
Baron Davis vs Chris Paul
16.9 Points 21.1 Points
3.3 Rebounds 5.8 Rebounds
8.0 Assists 11.8 Assists
Ricky Davis vs James Posey
4.3 Points 9.4 Points
1.9 Rebounds 3.8 Rebounds
1.7 Assists 1.3 Assists
Al Thornton vs Predrag Stojakovic
16.4 Points 11.7 Points
5.2 Rebounds 3.3 Rebounds
1.3 Assists 1.4 Assists
Marcus Camby vs David West
9.9 Points 20.4 Points
9.8 Rebounds 6.9 Rebounds
1.7 Assists 2.3 Assists
Chris Kaman vs Tyson Chandler
14.5 Points 8.2 Points
10.2 Rebounds 8.2 Rebounds
1.9 Assists 0.7 Assists
Q's Quote: "Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins should be ready to go tonight, expecting both to be in uniform. Zach should get around 20 minutes, Mardy might get time if EJ and Ricky play like they did against the Nets."
Its halftime at the Staples Center as the New Orleans Hornets lead the Los Angeles Clippers 49-46, propelled by an 8-2 run to end the half. We are currently outrebounding them, and that trend needs to continue if we hope to take a victory tonight. Hitting shots will also be vital as we are shooting a mediocre 35.6% from the field, although we are 4-10 behind the arc.
Looking at the box score:
Chris Paul seems to be en route to a triple double with numbers of 8/6/9 already, but Baron Davis himself could be headed very well down that road with 11/4/4.
Chris Kaman seems to be cooling down from the field with his 3-7 shooting, but has solid numbers of 8/4/2 with 2 blocks and 1 turnover.
Marcus Camby is held to under 10 minutes of playing time due to 3 fouls, but he has grabbed 5 rebounds and swatted a shot himself.
Eric Gordon has 13 points on 4-6 shooting, 2-3 from behind the arc and 3-4 from the stripe, but his best contribution has been his solid defense on Cp3.
Thornton has 6, but is 2-9 from the field. Mike Taylor was a spark off the bench getting 4/4/2 with 2 steals and 0 turnovers. Novak knocked down a trey and grabbed a couple of rebounds. Jordan/Paul/Skinner combined for an atrocious 1 point and 3 rebounds in about 10 minutes of combined action.
17-11 Hornets in the third quarter to have a 9 point lead at 66-57. I'm glad EJ is attacking, just getting the rookie treatment. Dangerous time in the game right now, if Hornets get the lead to 12 or higher, the game is over. Clippers need to get some buckets and string together a couple of 5-0/6-0 runs.
Hornets extend the lead to 11, leading 76-65 at the end of three.
Clippers, on their last 5 possessions of the third period, only scored once on a jumper by Paul Davis. That is 4 key possessions, 8 possible points, which were lost for retarded reasons each. No chemistry, no firepower to come back unless Baron just takes over. I want to believe, but it is very difficult to do at the moment.
Hornets take the game 99-87. This was a winnable game, Hornets don't seem to be on the level that they were last season. My prediction was a 99-84 loss, I was a three point bucket off, pretty funny. Anyways back to the game.
Eric Gordon is the truth and should get more playing time. Dude is just agressive and I love that. Al Thornton is garbage unless he is hitting his shots, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss Maggette. Chris Kaman struggled but had 14/7, I'm beggining to think he's a player that shows up on the stats, but not the W/L column. Camby has atrocious man defense, West just kept burning him. Mike Taylor and DeAndre Jordan should have gotten more playing time, they at least showed some intensity on defense. 10 games under .500, and we are a measly 14 games into the season and now are 5.5 games out of a playoff seed, yes, five and a half games ALREADY. Season is over, time to tank for a SF because Thornton is atrocious.
Thornton needs to work on those handles. Due to his poor ball handling ability he puts his head down when he dribbles and attacks the rim and that causes him to either be outta control or lets the defender strip him pretty easily. With our current makeup of our roster Id take Maggette over Thornton. Its becoming pretty clear Thornton will never have the ability that Maggette has to get to the line. I hold my breath when Thornton dribbles.