Friday, July 31, 2020

The main reason the Clippers lost to the Lakers on restart night and how they can beat the Lakers

ImageOn the night of the NBA restart, the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 103-101. With the Clippers, missing their 2 six man candidates in Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George really had to step up and they did. Leonard had 28 points shooting 7-16 from the field, 3-4 from three, stealing the ball twice, and also blocking 2 shots in 33 minutes and George had 30 points shooting 11-17 from the field on 6-11 from beyond the arc with 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

This game began with players and coaches kneeling for the national anthem with arms locked including Doc Rivers locking his arms with Lakers Coach Frank Vogel and Anthony Davis in an act of social justice and step towards racial equality. The actual game itself started out sloppy with lots of questionable foul calls from Scott Foster and his crew. The Clippers had 13 fouls in the 1st quarter alone. Leonard, Morris, Zubac, Green, Noah, and Beverley each had 2 fouls at the end of the 1st. Also, with Beverley on a minutes limit, Reggie Jackson played 34 minutes and scored 10 points on 10 shots with 4 assists and 4 turnovers.

But, the main reason the Clippers lost this game was in the 3rd quarter. The Clippers were down by 12 at the end of the 1st, slowly came back to cut it down to 2 at halftime, and went on a big run in the 3rd. Paul George hit back to back threes and Kawhi hit a three and the Lakers called a timeout and that's when the downfall really started. PG had to come out the play before Leonard's three because of his 4th foul which was ultimately the reason the Clippers struggled.

Paul George was clearly the games best player as he continued to prove all of his haters wrong this game. Granted, Anthony Davis did have 34 points but shot 8-19 from the field and lived at the free throw line shooting 16-17 there. When the Lakers called that timeout, they were down by 11. There was 7:05 left in the 3rd which is a ton of time in the game but their run after the timeout really swung the whole momentum the Clippers built up from their flurry of threes. With PG sitting, LeBron James hit a three and Davis finished an alley-oop and the Lakers chipped away at the Clippers' lead. Then Leonard was subbed out and the Lakers cut it down to 1 heading into the 4th.

The Lakers went on a 14-3 run to start the 4th and left the Clippers playing catch up for a while. But, the Clippers did come back thanks to Patrick Beverley and Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers cut it down to a 4 point game with 2 minutes left when Doc Rivers surprisingly brought in Landry Shamet who has had a bad game up to this point shooting 1-8. Now it's understandable Doc wanted a shooter in for Marcus Morris who also struggled, but him putting in Shamet was not the right move. He probably would've been better off putting in Beverley who was hot in the 4th quarter. Anyways, Shamet turned the ball over when he entered. PG later hit a clutch three with 28 seconds left to tie it and then LeBron rebounded his own missed shot and finished it to take the lead. The Clippers had 1 last chance and it ended with PG tossing up a three which resulted in the Lakers winning.

Although the Clippers lost, there were a lot of positives from this game from them. They only lost by 2 with Harrell and Williams out, Beverley played ONLY 16 minutes (and did score 12 points), they had guys in foul trouble for a lot of the game and still managed to play aggressive, and players like Shamet, Zubac, Morris, and Jackson struggled when they all probably won't if playing the Lakers again. These are all things the Clippers can fix. One thing that could be worth noting for the Clippers is the substitutions made by Coach Doc Rivers. We know that Ivica Zubac doesn't usually play in the 4th quarter, but with Montrezl Harrell out we though we'd see more of him. We didn't. This may be because of how he struggled a bit with rebounding this game but Rivers doesn't usually play him anyways in crunch time when he should because the Clippers need rebounds (as showed by LeBron getting his own and making the game winning putback). Also it was strange that Doc continued to play Shamet when he was obviously struggling and play Reggie when he wasn't great in the 2nd half when Beverley played well in the 4th and when he didn't put in Terance Mann or Rodney McGruder at all. Other than those, Rivers coached well as he continued to fight for his team and did make nice calls with inserting Patterson and Green into lineups more who both played well. It was also nice to see  Amir Coffey and Joakim Noah contribute well in their limited minutes.

But, while some of the Clippers looked a bit rusty, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George didn't miss a beat which is a very good sign to see. With a few tweaks, the Clippers are bound to keep winning like they did before the season was suspended. The Clippers next play the Pelicans (who need to win to fight for that 8th playoff spot at) at 3PM PT.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Lou Williams receives 10-day mandated quarantine and the Clippers vs Wizards Recap

On Thursday night rapper Jack Harlow posted a picture on Instagram with Clippers guard Lou Williams at the Magic City Gentlemen's club. At first, Harlow denied this picture was recent as he said he "reminiscing" because he missed Williams. After the picture blew up on social media, Lou admitted to league officials that he was at the club but he said he only stopped by to get food as he's said over the years that Magic City is also one of his favorite restaurants. Williams claims he was a Magic City for a short time and then left to go to his grandfather's funeral a day later.

With the 10-day quarantine Williams will have to miss the Clippers' final scrimmage game against the Kings and the first 2 regular season games against the Lakers and the Pelicans. He will be able to return on August 4th against the Suns. The Clippers will have to have players like Reggie Jackson, Landry Shamet, and Rodney McGruder step up in his absence. Terance Mann and Amir Coffey may also see some more playing time with him out.

In other news, Ivica Zubac and Landry Shamet have entered the bubble, Montrezl Harrell says he's coming back soon and Patrick Beverley is expected to return soon. Yesterday the Clippers beat the Wizards 105-100 after stellar performances by the 3rd string players. With Kawhi Leonard struggling as he scored 6 points going 3-16 from the field and 0-8 from 3 in 24 minutes and Paul George struggling as he scored 11 points on 10 shots and shot 1-4 from the free throw line, the Clippers needed others to step up and they did. Marcus Morris had 13 points on 5-9 shooting, Reggie Jackson had 10 points in 20 minutes, JaMychal Green had 9 points and 10 rebounds, Patrick Patterson had 16 points on 70% shooting along with 6 rebounds, Terance Mann had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, Amir Coffey had 13 points, and Rodney McGruder also had 13 points and 5 rebounds to go along with some clutch shots. Joakim Noah also had a great defensive game as he only scored 1 point but contributed with his 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks. In other words, the whole team stepped up when PG and Kawhi didn't play well and that's a great sign for the Clippers to see that they may have even more bench depth than we thought.

The Clippers face the Kings tomorrow at 1PM PT.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Lou Williams Leaves the NBA Bubble After Stellar Scrimmage Game



LA Clippers SG Lou Williams has left the NBA Orlando bubble due for excused personal reasons, LA Times' Andrew Grief reports.


This loss is crucial for the LA Clippers as he's the 3rd player they've lost in the bubble. Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley are the other 2 and Ivica Zubac and Landry Shamet have yet to join the team in the Orlando bubble. Out of the Top 7 Clippers who play the most, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are the only ones with the team in the Orlando bubble.


It's said that all of these players are coming to Orlando but Clipper fans encountered a scare yesterday as the NBA G-League Twitter posted that Jonathan Motley would be joining the Clippers in Orlando. This led many to think that Zubac or Harrell would not be going as Motley is another big man that would take their sport but Andrew Grief says that this is not accurate and the Clippers will be staying with their original 15-man roster.

The Clippers are now very short-handed with Williams leaving. It is still uncertain when these 5 players will come to the bubble so other role players like Reggie Jackson, Joakim Noah, and Rodney McGruder will have to step up during their absence. There also is a decent chance that the Clippers will not have the players out of the bubble for the first regular season game against the Lakers on July 30th as they have to spend 4-10 days in quarantine when re-entering the bubble if they were tested regularly while out of the bubble and if they were not tested regularly, they have to quarantine for 14 days. During the Clippers' 9 point win in their first scrimmage game against the Magic, Williams had 22 points on 53.8% shooting in just 16 minutes. He arguably played the best on the Clippers and looked very comfortable being back out there as it concluded that the NBA season suspension for coronavirus helped him.


The Clippers will give more playing time to guards like Terance Mann (who surprisingly only played 7 minutes against the Magic), Rodney McGruder, Amir Coffey, and Reggie Jackson (who has already been filling in for Beverley) due to Williams' absence. The Los Angeles Clippers will face the Washington Wizards tomorrow at 5 PM Pacific Time.

We hope all is well for Lou Williams and his family!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Patrick Beverley leaves Orlando bubble day before Clippers' first game

LA Clippers PG Patrick Beverley has left the NBA Orlando bubble due to an "emergency personal matter", according to ESPN's Malika Andrews.

Beverley traveled with the Clippers since they left for Orlando on July 8th. He is now the second Clipper to leave the bubble and the 4th to not be in the bubble as of now.

Montrezl Harrell also left the bubble due to a family emergency involving his grandmother. Landry Shamet has yet to enter the bubble after his positive test for coronavirus and Ivica Zubac has yet to enter as well but they've both indicated on their Instagram stories they will be there soon. Marcus Morris recently joined and got in a day of practice with the team before their scrimmage against the Magic later today.

It's uncertain when these players will return to the bubble as the Clippers organization has kept quiet on their players entering the bubble as noted from Marcus Morris surprisingly practicing yesterday after there were no reports that he entered. In other words, he entered a couple days before practice, quarantined for those 2 days, and then was cleared to practice. These players have to spend 4-10 days in quarantine when re-entering the bubble if they were tested regularly while out of the bubble. If they were not tested regularly, they will have to quarantine for 14 days.

It looks like the Clippers won't have Harrell and Beverley for all 3 scrimmage games and maybe even the first regular season game of the season restart on July 30th against the Lakers. As for Zubac and Shamet, we're still unsure on their status as they may have entered the bubble already but the Clippers could be keeping quiet on it like they did with Morris. The Clippers will play today's first scrimmage game short-handed likely starting Reggie Jackson in at Point Guard for Beverley and Joakim Noah at Center as he is currently the team's only Center.

Lastly, Head Coach Doc Rivers has hinted they may not want to play key players like Kawhi Leonard or Paul George much during scrimmage games which is understandable. Doc Rivers and the Clippers want to be completely healthy with their full squad for the 8 regular season games and more importantly, the playoffs.

We hope all is well for Patrick Beverley and his family and Montrezl Harrell and his family.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Toronto Raptors Surprise the World and Become Champions

Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry stepped up Big Time in Raptors Victory over the Warriors



As we all know by now, the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals by a series score of 4-2. Kawhi Leonard won Finals MVP receiving 10 of the 11 votes (1 to VanVleet) Game 6 was played in Oakland at Oracle Arena, where it would be the Warriors last game at Oracle before moving to the Chase Center in San Francisco. Kyle Lowry was key as him and Pascal Siakam both dropped 26 and Kawhi and VanVleet each had 22 as VanVleet stepped up late in the game. With this series loss, the Warriors also lost star players Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Durant came back mid series from an injury but re-injured himself in Game 5 in Toronto with a ruptured achilles, an estimated 10-14 month recovery process and Thompson tore his ACL in last night's final game and is expected to be out until at least late February of 2020. With both of them becoming free agents, the Warriors are expected to offer max 5 year contracts for each player.

History was made as many crazy stats have been noted. The Raptors won without having a lottery pick drafted player and Nick Nurse became the first coach to win a G-League and NBA championship. Kawhi Leonard scored 732 points this postseason (third most all time) and Kawhi and Pascal Siakam tied Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for second most points for a duo at 1,187 points. Jeremy Lin has won a ring and Patrick McCaw has three-peated! Drake dropped new music after the win! Also, Fred VanVleet played 24 total games in the playoffs. The first 15 he averaged 4 PPG, 26% from the field, and 20%. Then, his son was born on May 20th and he came alive average 14.7 PPG, 51% from the field, and 53% from 3 in 9 games. Finally, Curry has struggled in the postseason in clutch time going 0-8 in his career with under 20 seconds left. Another crazy event that occurred that night is the GM of the Raptors, Masai Ujiri, is under investigation for assault on a police officer. Ujiri, who took a gamble on the Kawhi trade, is also reportedly being recruited by Washington for a deal that would pay him $10 million a year.


With all this championship celebration, the new focus is free agency. Where will Kawhi go? Where will Durant go? Where will Klay and the other stars go? Well, Mychal Thompson said that Klay talked with Durant after Game 5 and said that they concluded that they have unfinished business. So, it's likely they return to the Warriors even though they'd miss significant time due to their injuries. Cousins wants to as well. As for Kawhi, rumors keep swirling around. Is his job done in Toronto as he brought them their ring? Will he stay and build off this run? These questions remain unknown but what we do know is that board man gets paid and Kawhi Leonard is definitely board man.



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Killer Crossovers: Ranking the top 6 current NBA Rappers and the Best NBA Rapper Ever

Ranking the Best NBA Rappers Currently and in the Past
by: Griffin Greenberg

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There have been many NBA players attempting to rap, but here are some of the best of the modern-day era and the best ever!



CURRENT-DAY


6. Marcus Smart

After signing his 4 year extension worth $52-million contract extension, Marcus Smart combined with Trey Davis and iamCompton and released one song, 52M, which was never supposed to be released but ended up being released with a music video to go along with it.





5. Lance Stephenson

About a week before the 2017-18 NBA season began, Stephenson released his catchy single, "Better Believe It". Lance also was featured on the song, "Swerve", with teammate Lonzo Ball (Zo) in 2019 being a song that the Lakers unfortunately blasted their way into the offseason with followed by a degrading season and upsetting for the Lakers and their fans.




4. Marvin Bagley

In 2017, Marvin Bagley dropped his single, "Look at Me Now", which was good. With the music video being shot in Sacramento (his current NBA team), he would be ranked higher on this list as he is a pretty good rapper if it wasn't for his lack of songs made compared to the higher ranked players.






3. Iman Shumpert

I bet most didn't see Iman on this list, but he's a good rapper as he's released songs like "Knicks Anthem" and "Dear Kendrick" to name some. It's suprising how serious some of these players are taking the rap game with their production videos like Iman has in his song, "HaNdel Bars", which is arguably his best song.




2. Lonzo Ball (Zo)

Lonzo Ball comes in at the number 2 rapper with his hit songs such as, "Z02", "Super Saiyan", and "Free Smoke (remix)". Lonzo is a great rapper and he even rapped a diss on his teammate, Kyle Kuzma, called "Kylie Kuzma". Most of his music is designed to promote his merch off Big Baller Brand, but BBB has since been said to have gone through a rebranding process after getting scammed by co-Founder, Alan Foster.




1. Damian Lillard (Dame D.O.L.L.A)

Damian Lillard comes in at number 1 as he's made a few albums and could pursue his rap game. Lillard is definitely the best rapper in flow and raps with a purpose talking about his struggles growing up in Oakland. Lillard has made a song with Lil Wayne called "RUN IT UP" and "Loyal to the Soil" but really showed his flow rapping on the show, "Sway in the Morning".






THE NBA RAPPING GOAT

1. Shaquille O'Neal

This is a pretty obvious choice as the best rapper from the NBA of all time as Shaq has had many great rap accomplishments. We all have heard his famous diss on Kobe Bryant, but O'Neal's first album, "Shaq Diesel", went platinum with hit songs "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)" featuring Fu-Schnickens and "(I Know I Got) Skillz" on it. Shaq's next album also sold well and became certified gold. The Big Aristotle is the greatest NBA rapper ever!

Shaq's verse comes in at about 3:05

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Clippers Outplay the Warriors and stun the World in Game 5

Clippers take down Golden State to Cut Series to 3-2

Lawler's Law is in effect tonight! The Clippers beat the Warriors at Oracle. Yes on the road, again. In a rather strange series, the Clippers being down 3-1 (the magic numbers), head to Oakland in a game that was supposed to be a blowout after crushing game 3 and 4 losses. The Clippers were supposed to get blown out in this (like all the other games in this series) but ended up winning once again. This team shows no fear.

Game 5

In Game 5 the Clippers showed strong signs of fighting early on as they only went down by 4 at the end of the first quarter and controlled the 2nd quarter outscoring Golden State 34-22 led by none other than Lou Williams and surprisingly Patrick Beverley on offense in addition to his great defense. The gameplan for the CLippers was similar to Game 4 as they fell to the Warriors by 8 but Doc Rivers experimented a new lineup as he called in JaMychal Green to start of Ivica Zubac and it seemed to work a bit. This meant that JaMychal would match up with KD and Pat would move to guard Green which worked perfectly. 

Let's face it, the Warriors played good in Game 5 but they just got outplayed by LA as the Clippers stopped multiple 4th quarter Warrior runs. Coming into this series many thought a sweep would be coming as the Warriors are a star-studded team that have so many options and the Clippers only have 1 and that was off the bench, but everyone was wrong. The Clippers are a team that will continue to fight and not stop, as we saw in Game 2. Feeling like they should be up 3-2 the Clips will head back to LA hoping to force a game 7.

The Warriors 3 stars still scored at least 22 each but it didn't matter. Yes, Durant did score a playoff career high (45), but JaMychal was playing good defense on him for the most part. Durant was shooting contested 3's that would repeatedly go in. Curry also finished with 24 and Klay with 22. But on the Clipper side, Green scored 15 on 9 shots, Gallo scored 26 on a brutal 22 shots, Bev scored 17 on 13 shots and a game-high 14 rebounds, Montrezl dropped 24 on 14 shots, and Lou Will dropped 33 on 19 shots. Like I said, the Warriors didn't play bad, the Clippers just outplayed them. This shows how much heart this Clipper team has.

Looking Ahead


If the Clippers fall to Golden State in Game 6, this has obviously been a great season and the Clips will attract big name free agents like Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant to possibly join the club for years to come. Another big key this offseason for the Clippers is resigning JaMychal Green and Patrick Beverley. They along with Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler are both unrestricted free agents and the Clippers need these 2 back as they've both proven they are key factors of each game. Ivica Zubac and Rodney McGruder are both restricted free agents and I think the Clips would try to match any sensible offer on them. The Clippers have 2 max contract slots to use on big name free agents so the future is obviously very bright for this feisty team.



Crazy Clipper Stats

The Clippers are +22 in points per 100 possessions with JaMychal Green at center in this series. 

Pat Bev became the 9th player in NBA postseason history to make at least 5 threes and grab 14 rebounds in a game.

Montrezl Harrell has made 1 more field goal than Russell Westbrook this postseason but on 57 fewer attempts.

Trez and Lou are the only teammates since 1970-71 with 3+ playoff games where each scored at least 20 off the bench.

Golden State hit 15 threes and shot 45% from the field with 8 total turnovers and STILL LOST!

Lou Williams is the 8th player in NBA history with multiple 30+ point games off the bench in a single postseason.


On to Game 6

Some of this anger sparked and enraged the Clippers as Klay Thompson said that they were looking ahead to Houston which the Clips do not want to here. New reports have gotten out that the Rockets will travel to Oakland expecting to play the Warriors for a Game 1 on Sunday which will enrage the Clippers even more for Game 6. Trez, Lou, and Bev have to show out if they want to face their former team in the 2nd round. Also, Gallo is the key to this as LA needs his shots to fall early on and we saw the outcome of his poor performance in Game 4. Game 6. Tomorrow. 7 PM Pt.