Clippers-Warriors Game Thoughts

The Warriors were a step slow all game long...

It was the first time my Warriors headed down to Socal to play the Lakers ugly stepsister, the Clippers, so naturally I had to go. I usually avoid going to games that the dubs play the Lakers, because we pretty much know what the result is going to be. The Warriors usually play good against the Clippers for obvious sucktitude reasons over our lifetime, so every time I go to Staples Center I want at least a shot at seeing my team come in and win. Yesterday the Warriors had a horrible 2nd half performance, and saw three players foul out (Beindris, Lee, and Wright), but overall I was the most excited to just see Blake Griffin live.

As far as first impressions go on Blake, he is pretty freakish, and I got to see a couple of his league leading dunks. I was a little surprised how big he was in a muscular sense. The kid looked like a taller version of Corey Maggette. Fortunately, he isn’t nearly as one dimensional as Maggette. The Warriors constantly double and triple teamed him throughout the game, so I didn’t get to see many highlight reel dunks, and even with all the extra focus on Griff, we still couldn’t stop him from putting up another 20-10 game. His highlight of the game was pretty amazing to see Baron throw a lob from close to halfcourt for him, but aside from that I didn’t get to see a lot of high flying dunks. Here’s the dunk I was talking about…

DeAndre Jordan actually impressed me more than Griffin, which was probably the shocker of the afternoon. Jordan is a force in the paint grabbing 13 boards and blocking 4 shots. He cleaned up a couple of Clipper misses with thunderous dunks including an awesome off the backboard putback (can’t find it on youtube), and he also sent a few shots away including a twisting and turning Monta Ellis drive through the paint that riled up the crowd.

Baron Davis was probably the second best Clipper on the court after Jordan, which caught me off guard. Anyone that’s owned him on a fantasy team this year knows what I’m talking about. Anyways, Baron looked rejuvenated against his old team. He was sinking threes, driving to the hoop with authority, and dishing the ball like Sterling was booing him. He set up Gordon for a huge first half, and everytime Davis gave him an open look with a pass, he was knocking it down.

Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin were impressive, but for some reason Baron and DeAndre were the reasons for their dominating win.

As for the Warriors players I was very disappointed. Only two guys showed up for the contest, and it wasn’t either of our special backcourt players or our newly acquired PF David Lee. Only one of our starters played well. Dorell Wright started the game on fire, and was the only Warriors player to do anything on the offensive end efficiently. The second best player of the day for our squad was Vlad Radmanovic. Yup, I said it. He was the only guy out there giving 110% on the court. He was getting in the face of Clippers players, and throwing Baron and Eric Gordon on the ground during some hard fouls of frustration. He was in essence the only guy on the floor that I really thought was trying. There was a funny quote from Baron after the game about the little face to face stare down after Vlad threw him to the ground and both benches cleared a little. “”I told him I had mine longer,” referring to his beard over Vlad’s beard.

I also got my first glimpse at our rookie Epke Udoh. He wasn’t active in the NY-Warriors match up I went to with MCeezy and Dyslecix at Oracle. I actually kept thinking Udoh would be a solid pro when I was watching him at Baylor, and really liked what Udoh brought to the table when he was on the court for his limited minutes Sunday afternoon. He swatted a couple of shots, and actually helped them get back into the game by playing some defense, and was part of the crew that cut the lead from twenty something to eleven. Shortly after he left the game, they were down by 15 again never to come closer.

Hopefully when I head up to Staples on January 22nd when they play the Clippers again, it will be a more entertaining game with a better result, like a Warriors victory. A random Warriors fact, their team is playing with a full roster for the first time since 2008. It’s basically the first time that they haven’t had guys injured not suiting up, which is remarkable to think that it hasn’t happened since 2008. So far they are 2-1 with a full squad. Hopefully they can keep that 66% winning percentage going with a full squad.

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7 responses to “Clippers-Warriors Game Thoughts

  • tophatal

    chappy

    Take the six best players off the Warriors and combined that with the six best on the Clippers and you’d have one hell of a team !

    As things now stand it’ll take a monumental effort from either team simply to garner a playoff spot within the conference . Were they playing in the East then I’d think it possible that both would make in a scamper given that .500 record or just above would give a sport from 5 through 8 within the East.

    tophatal ……….

    • chappy81

      LOL, I like it that move. That would be a solid team…

      I wish they were in the East, we would’ve made the playoffs a few times by now…

      • tophatal

        chappy

        It’d be something to rave about but if you’re hoping for realignment within the NBA there’s more chance of you being involved in a threesome with Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears or some other females of your choice as Stern isn’t about to bite on that bi_ch anytime soon ! He’s simply happy with the status quo remaining the same . The West contains “the beasts” whereas the East is there simply for that conference to be their proverbial bit_h !

        tophatal ………………..

  • Chris Humpherys

    I keep wanting to say that it wouldn’t surprise me if the Clippers made the playoffs. Then I look at the standings and see they’re winning games at a 33% clip and can’t seem to win on the road (THREE road wins all season).

    A first round playoff series against the Lakers would be must see TV and probably Griffin’s coming out party but it seems we’re going to have to wait a while for that.

    Dude, I can’t believe you blew off live Chump Chat just to chill with Baron Davis. Where are your priorities, man?

    • Chappy81

      HAHAHA! I’ve been trying to talk myself into that all season, because I watch way too many of their games, and am trying to justify watching them. Thankfully Blake is a good enough excuse. Until they hit the 35-40 loss mark, they aren’t out of it…

      Sorry man, I got back in time to jump on the chat, but was kinda drunk, so I went to the corner to the bar to watch the end of the Eagles-Packers game…

  • Chris Humpherys

    Drunkenness was a prerequisite, brother.

    Glad you had a good time.

    And quite surprised to hear that about Jordan.

  • nrestivo

    I love blake griffin, I have a few of his dunks on my blog too. Like the blog a lot. check mine out if you get the time and comment. thanks a lot.

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