Just wanted to give a little shout out to KWAME IN MY CLOSET and would like to ask him if he enjoyed Camby's defense- 4 blocks in 16 minutes- and hope he has seen the impact of the Clippers REAL starting 5
On another note, I've been writing these optimistic post game blogs/experiences I had at Staples Center after all the games, and posting them on Clippers Topbuzz (the biggest Clippers forum). The admin PMed me recently and told me that he really liked them and wants me to post my articles on the front page (which I'm very grateful for!)
Here's my optimistic article from last night on TopBuzz, and again, great game guys. If it were against any other team last night Clippers would have most probably obliterated them. But they ran into the Lakers again... Then again this was their first ever LEGIT game with their real starting 5 so what can you expect.
Time to take a good look at the Clip Ship. Who's still on board?
All I can say is, LAND HO!
To all those that jumped ship, drowning is the only option. No room for traitors and bandwagoners here, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Why, do you ask? Until now, all my write-ups have been from blind faith. It's all been "Hopefully, if this happens, hopefully if that happens".
Well I was at the game tonight, and I must say, most Laker fans were absolutely shocked at what they saw. A close game, till the very last few minutes? From the team that they just blew out by 38?
Especially during halftime of this game. I was walking around the halls of Staples center, smiling, with an instant replay of an amazing up and under left handed layup by Al Thornton, right in the face of Bynum replaying over and over in my brain. Laker fans are all quiet. Most of them are just shocked. What is happening?
First quarter. Camby gets his second foul of the game. At this point I'm thinking "It's going to be a long quarter." Surprisingly enough, the Clippers fight through it.
Baron did not look even close to 100%, as one of my Laker fan friends pointed out he was slightly limping. He wasn't running fast breaks as he usually does, he was jogging very slowly. One of the plays, Ricky Davis and Cat Mobley were sprinting ahead while Baron was jogging it up.. He threw it ahead to them with a kind of "Go on without me" mentality. You can tell something is bothering him, he's not as explosive. My Laker fan said it best- Usually Baron is out there, jumping around, doing energetic crossovers and sprinting fast breaks. None of that Monday and today, of course because of his injury.
Why am I optimistic?
Lakers are the best team in the league right now- keep this in mind as you read.
We fought HARD even when:
Camby had 3 fouls in the first 6 minutes he played.
Camby, Kaman, and Baron Davis were in foul trouble the whole game, all 3 had 5 fouls in the final quarter.
Baron Davis is still injured. He's not himself yet.
This is the first LEGIT game this Clipper starting 5 has EVER played (including preseason)
No real break down like the other games- Until the last 5 minutes when we couldn't get a single foul.
I'm sorry to blame the game on this, but the reffing was absolutely horrid.
All this and I'm sitting amidst an absolutely shocked, quiet Laker crowd? How is this happening?
The Clippers, my friends, are starting to shape up.
Friday vs the Houston Rockets - expect a better game. Clippers still have yet to learn how to play team defense without committing as many fouls as they did tonight. Every game will be improvement, but tonight's game was actually very winnable, and I really believe Clippers should have won. I was VERY VERY frustrated that at the end of the game, when the refs screwed the Clippers over, the final score made it look like Clippers never kept it close, and just got blown out. If someone looks at the final score, they will never understand what really went on during this game.
But have no fear-
Our best is yet to come. Thanks for reading as usual guys.