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(CBS Sports)   Xavier Henry, Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, and Jordan Hill dominate the Clippers and oh God I'm so scared I don't know what's happening, please someone hold me   (cbssports.com) divider line 17
    More: Unlikely, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Hill, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry, Clippers, Lakers, Los Angeles, Pau Gasol  
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2013-10-30 10:31:22 AM
Whatcha gonna do, Los Angeles Clippers, when Kamania runs wild over you?!?!
 
2013-10-30 10:49:11 AM
I'm glad for Jodie Meeks. He had enough basketball hardship when he played for the UK basketball team that never existed, because UK would never hire a doofus like Billy Gillispie to coach its basketball team, right?
 
2013-10-30 11:12:51 AM
I can't be the only person surprised to see that Xavier Henry was still in the league, right?
 
2013-10-30 11:39:13 AM

jayhawk88: I can't be the only person surprised to see that Xavier Henry was still in the league, right?


Nope. My first reaction was "Holy shiat! He's still around?"
 
2013-10-30 11:58:09 AM
The Lakers wont make the playoffs anyways. Not with their defence. When your guard rotation consist of Nash, Blake, and mini-Jordan (who is a notoriously overrated defender btw), the western conference's stacked athletic young guards will run circles around them. Adding that you lost Howard over the summer, who was their front court defensive anchor, and that they kept Mike D... it just doesnt look good.
 
2013-10-30 12:41:10 PM

Fallout Boy: The Lakers wont make the playoffs anyways. Not with their defence. When your guard rotation consist of Nash, Blake, and mini-Jordan (who is a notoriously overrated defender btw), the western conference's stacked athletic young guards will run circles around them. Adding that you lost Howard over the summer, who was their front court defensive anchor, and that they kept Mike D... it just doesnt look good.


The bench actually played some defense in the 4th quarter last night.  Both teams were really sloppy though (Clips 16 TO, Lakers 19 TO), so we'll see what happens when the Lakers play the Warriors tonight.

I dug the energy the Lakers had last night throughout the game.  It was a fun game to watch, which I don't think I can say about any of the games I saw last year with Howard.
 
2013-10-30 12:52:57 PM
Kinda weird that subby seems to have already adjusted to thinking that the Clips losing to the Lakers is a surprise.
 
2013-10-30 02:11:06 PM
justabitdisturbed:

I dug the energy the Lakers had last night throughout the game.  It was a fun game to watch, which I don't think I can say about any of the games I saw last year with Howard.


Agreed. As a Laker fan, I don't begrudge Dwight for leaving and I have nothing against him. But I have to say it feels like a huge weight has been lifted. There was tension in the air all through last year and it was palpable. By all accounts...the atmosphere in the locker room is light years better this season. This group seems to genuinely like each other. I don't have high expectations, but at least they'll be fun to watch. I'll take that.
 
2013-10-30 02:19:55 PM
Howard is always a defensive presence.

But his problem is that his offense doesn't make up for it.

He wanted to be a post up but doesn't know how after 9+ years.  He's a pick and roll guy.  He doesn't know how to hit free throws as well which means when he gets anywhere near the post, foul the guy and he'll be lucky to make 1 free throw.

He whined and whined and whined.

He didn't have what it took to be in LA and good riddance.

He just wants to have a good time.

Even if he stayed, those problems would still exist.

Bye.
 
2013-10-30 02:36:34 PM

IAmRight: Kinda weird that subby seems to have already adjusted to thinking that the Clips losing to the Lakers is a surprise.


Well let's be honest here: Sans Kobe this looks like a 25, maybe 30 win team on paper.
 
2013-10-30 02:51:24 PM

jayhawk88: Well let's be honest here: Sans Kobe this looks like a 25, maybe 30 win team on paper.


Hey, I'm not saying it's wrong. Just that it's weird to live in a world where someone says "I'm so scared I don't know what's happening" when the Clippers, of all teams, LOSE a game.
 
2013-10-30 03:37:13 PM

IAmRight: jayhawk88: Well let's be honest here: Sans Kobe this looks like a 25, maybe 30 win team on paper.

Hey, I'm not saying it's wrong. Just that it's weird to live in a world where someone says "I'm so scared I don't know what's happening" when the Clippers, of all teams, LOSE a game.


I kind of find myself wondering about just assuming the Clips are going to be the class of the West though, and not just because of last night:

- Is Doc Rivers really a good coach, or are we just underestimating how good the KG and PP were?

- Seems like this is a team that would fall apart if Paul were to go down with a knee or ankle sprain for a few weeks.

- Is this the year Blake completes his transformation from "GAME CHANGING POWER FORWARD!" to "Just another 18/8 guy" who's getting abused by Aldridge and Randolph in the post every night?

I could really see this team struggling to find it's footing/rythem for a while - new coach, some new players, lot of guys in and out of rotations. We get a lot of "What's wrong with the Clippers?" and "They'll hit their stride after the break" talk, and then all of the sudden they're firmly in the 4-6 seed and have to play a streaking Golden State or Memphis team in Round 1.
 
2013-10-30 03:56:38 PM

jayhawk88: I can't be the only person surprised to see that Xavier Henry was still in the league, right?


Not the only one.  I thought he was an NBA washout after his first two seasons.  Then he shows up, plays a decent game, and shows that his NBA potential was real and not a big bust.
I never did warm up to him during his season at KU.  He seemed too inconsistent.  One game, he's scoring 30 and then not doing much.  Other players like Aldrich, I liked a lot more.
 
2013-10-30 04:55:06 PM

jayhawk88: IAmRight: jayhawk88: Well let's be honest here: Sans Kobe this looks like a 25, maybe 30 win team on paper.

Hey, I'm not saying it's wrong. Just that it's weird to live in a world where someone says "I'm so scared I don't know what's happening" when the Clippers, of all teams, LOSE a game.

I kind of find myself wondering about just assuming the Clips are going to be the class of the West though, and not just because of last night:

- Is Doc Rivers really a good coach, or are we just underestimating how good the KG and PP were?


Doc's a really good coach.  He took a while to develop in Boston, then he figured things out.  Players around the league vote him as the guy they most want to play for.  He got his guys, especially KG and PP, to keep playing hard even though Danny Ainge was crippling their chances w/ dumb move after dumb move.

- Seems like this is a team that would fall apart if Paul were to go down with a knee or ankle sprain for a few weeks.

Yep, pretty much.  They could probably battle at .500 for a while, but Paul makes that team go, b/c....

- Is this the year Blake completes his transformation from "GAME CHANGING POWER FORWARD!" to "Just another 18/8 guy" who's getting abused by Aldridge and Randolph in the post every night?

......you can't entrust your offense to Blake and DeAndre down the stretch.  They have a very difficult time creating their own shot and they are terrible at the FT line.  Maybe Doc can coach 'em up, but that's a big maybe.

I could really see this team struggling to find it's footing/rythem for a while - new coach, some new players, lot of guys in and out of rotations. We get a lot of "What's wrong with the Clippers?" and "They'll hit their stride after the break" talk, and then all of the sudden they're firmly in the 4-6 seed and have to play a streaking Golden State or Memphis team in Round 1.

Doc will get their egos to work together, Chris and Blake will stop bickering and play better together, pretty sure they'll experiment during the season and find good rotations (though Doc did have problems with that from time to time in Boston).  It'll take some time for them to gel.  Still don't see how they can be successful in the postseason w/ their frontcourt, much less prohibitive West champs.

/to that end, nobody should listen to ESPN when it comes to predicting the season.  They have the Rockets winning the Southwest division, yeesh.  Q ratings don't win games!
 
2013-10-30 04:57:32 PM

jayhawk88: IAmRight: Kinda weird that subby seems to have already adjusted to thinking that the Clips losing to the Lakers is a surprise.

Well let's be honest here: Sans Kobe this looks like a 25, maybe 30 win team on paper.


Interestingly, throughout his career, Kobe's absence from the Lakers has not had much of a negative effect on their winning percentage. In fact, during the Shaq years the Lakers were much more successful (82% to 75%) when Shaq played alone.

After the Shaq years, a Kobe-led Lakers team had difficultly winning without at least two big-time front court players (usually Gasol and Bynum) getting major minutes.
 
2013-10-30 09:09:13 PM
I see the future...

Kobe retires, and gets a gig on the TNT team with Ernie, Charles, the Jet, and Shaq. Gives TNT an ultimatum that Shaq has to go.
 
2013-10-31 07:59:02 AM
It's good for Kobe's legacy that people will likely forget how good Bynum once was.
 
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