Sunday, January 30, 2005

Clipper Vs. Warriors, Making History

The Clippers had a historical victory over the Warriors in their last game. Not only did they have a 96-85 win, this marked the first season sweep of the Warriors in the Clippers’ franchise history. Also, the Clippers marked a franchise-record with 21 offensive rebounds.

Elton Brand, who was benched for a good portion of the game, scored 27 points. Brunson made a career high with scoring five three-pointers.

The Warriors were playing at a loss having two of their better post player seated out with injuries. Troy Murphy had a fractured thumb from a previous game with the Supersonics and Cliff Robinson only stepped in for a few minutes due to a stiff lower back.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Preview for Hornets game

After winning just twice in their first 31 games, the New Orleans Hornets look for their fifth victory in eight contests when they host the slumping Los Angeles Clippers.

Despite their awful record, the Hornets are starting to play better under first-year coach Byron Scott.

New Orleans fell 95-91 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday for its second straight loss following a season-best stretch of three wins in four games. But on Wednesday, the Hornets defeated the Indiana Pacers 90-87.

Two games after reaching a career high with 32 points, Lee Nailon came back with 30 points and 10 rebounds against Indiana, and says the team is getting a better grasp of what Scott wants from them.

"A lot of guys are starting to feel comfortable with the offense, and on the defensive end as well," said Nailon, who is averaging 16.2 points. "Coach Scott is starting to tell us what he wants out of us and guys are starting to listen to him and trust each other."

With Baron Davis, Jamaal Magloire and Jamal Mashburn all sidelined with injuries, Scott wants Nailon to focus on his specialty - scoring.

"He knows how to get the ball. He knows where to get it," Scott said. "He has an uncanny ability of knocking down shots when you really need it."

Davis missed his second straight game Wednesday with a bruised right ankle, an injury that occurred in the Hornets' loss at Toronto on Sunday. Davis, whose status for this game is uncertain, has missed 21 games this season due to injury.

Los Angeles' losing streak reached four games on Thursday with a 99-77 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers lost a season-high five in a row from Dec. 11-19.

There were 12 lead changes in the game Thursday until the score got lopsided when the Clippers had an 8-minute stretch in the fourth quarter without a field goal.

Los Angeles, which has lost four in a row on the road, is three games under .500 for the first time this season.

"They played good defense and we may have run out of gas late," said Clippers forward Elton Brand, who had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double. "Very discouraging not to come out with this one."

Monday, January 03, 2005

Clippers Edge 76ers

Some lessons in life are learned the hard way. It seems that doesn't change on the Basketball court either. In an 89-83 Clippers victory, the Clippers had 28 turnovers, did not get a single field goal from their bench, and had to deal with the leagues top scorer Allen Iverson who put up 35 points.

But I guess you take what you can get.