Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
When: Monday November 26th; 7:30 PM PST, 10:30 PM EST
Media: FSN Prime Ticket, ESPN AM 710 and NBA League Pass
Projected Starting Units:
Sam Cassell vs Rafer Alston
14.0 Points 7.4 Points
2.8 Rebounds 2.9 Rebounds
4.6 Assists 4.6 Assists
Cuttino Mobley vs Tracy McGrady
14.4 Points 25.8 Points
2.9 Rebounds 5.3 Rebounds
3.6 Assists 5.3 Assists
Quinton Ross vs Shane Battier
5.0 Points 8.8 Points
3.3 Rebounds 5.1 Rebounds
0.8 Assists 1.4 Assists
Tim Thomas vs Chuck Hayes
14.1 Points 3.6 Points
6.0 Rebounds 6.3 Rebounds
2.6 Assists 0.8 Assists
Chris Zane Kaman vs Yao Ming
18.3 Points 22.4 Points
13.9 Rebounds 10.2 Rebounds
1.9 Assists 2.6 Assists
Q's Key's To The Game:
1) Stay out of foul trouble Chris. We have no one on our bench who can guard Yao, and Chris is the only one who can do a legit job, so we need him to stay in the game. For defense, also for offense.
2) Hit your open shots. No matter if they are 3 pointers or inside the arc. We missed way too many open jumpers in our last game, and if we want to have a shot at a victory, we need to hit our jumpers.
3) Attack the post. We are one of the best teams at posting up, and with Hayes being on Thomas/Patterson, they should be able to take the post. If Yao doubles, Kaman should have a field day with putbacks or open lay-ups/jumpers.
Q's Quote: It's hard to be optimistic playing one of the most talented teams in the entire league when they are basically at full force and you are just depleted, but I have some hope that the Clippers can keep this game close, let's hope they can close it out well.
Why didn't we play Al Thornton? I don't get it, Patterson|Knight|Mobley even Maggette were struggling from the field, and Dun benches our 2nd best slasher for the whole game? What the hell.
Kaman had a great first half, but he was trying to force it too much in the 2nd half, mainly in the fourth. When the entire team was clanking jumpers, Kaman stopped kicking the ball out and tried to force shots, which led to his horrendous field goal percentage on the night and had too many turnovers. He did a great job on Yao though along with A-Train, holding him to only 11 shot attempts and forcing 6 turnovers, not to mention boxing him out and allowing only 8 rebounds. Kaman got the best of Yao in this matchup hands down.
I'm so glad Maggette is back, he had 21 points in 29 minutes of action on 7-13 shooting and got to the line 8 times after missing some games. Without Maggette, we can't score, and tonight, with a limited Maggette, we still couldn't. This team needs to work on their jumpers. Knight seems like a shorter version of Livingston, clanking jumper after jumper.
Why didn't Aaron Williams get more then 3 minutes in the final 3 quarters? He and Chris made a nice tandem when they were in together in my opinion, and after playing the entire opening quarter, Williams plays 1/4 of those minutes the rest of the way? Dun, what the hell is up with that.
Bottom line, it was a tough loss, and if the Clippers would have been able to knock down some jumpers and get offensive rebounds, the results would have been different as the game was again, for the third time, closer then the score implicated.
I blame this loss on the coach. Why was Knight in for so long after missing shot after shot, why didn't Thornton play, why did he stop playing Patterson on T-Mac and why not play Williams more against Yao to free up Kaman? This game was ours for the taking but several misssed shots and bad final two quarter match-ups killed us.
Dickau is just horrible, I can't stand watching him play. On offense, he looks very timid and on defense, he just keeps getting torched. In the limited minutes that Franchise played, he was just making Dickau look like a fool. We need to call Earl Boykins because we really need another PG.