Written by: Griffin Greenberg
|JaMychal Green going up for a dunk|
The Clippers didn't miss a beat with Danilo Gallinari out as they beat the Cleveland Cavs 132-108. In a game where everyone played (but Gallo obviously), the Clippers won easily as they really came alive in the 4th quarter. Despite Beverley's poor 1-10 shooting from the field, he finished with a +/- of +12 and strong defense (as usual). This shows that Bev is such a valuable asset and he doesn't need to just shoot well to affect the game. Aside from Gallinari missing the game due to a sore left ankle and Bev's shooting, everyone else shot pretty well today with JaMychal Green finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds on 8-9 shooting in 23 minutes, Ivica Zubac with 6 points and 5 rebounds on 3-3 shooting in 15 minutes, Shamet with 13 points, Lou with 18 points and 6 assists, Garrett Temple with 13 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting which includes 3-3 from beyond the arc, Montrezl Harrell with 23 points and 6 rebounds on 10-13 shooting, and Shai delivering 22 points on 9-12 shooting which includes 3-3 from beyond the arc and 8 assists as well. With Green being asked to fill a huge roll with Gallo out, he certainly delivered. The team shot 62.4% from the field, 45.5% from the 3, registered 27 fast break points to the Cavs' 11, and had 33 assists with is the 10th time this season that the Clips have finished with 30+ in a game.
Also, some great things to take away from this game was how Doc Rivers was able to get Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler involved even more. Overall, it was a great team win for the Clips. While some may say that they were playing a horrible Cavalier team without Kevin Love, that is true but this a great confidence booster, especially for the young guys. This win puts the Clips back in the win column after a 10 point loss to the Bucks without Lou Will and Beverley. The Clippers now stand at 6th in the west, 1.5 games in front of San Antonio and OKC and 0.5 games behind Utah for the 5th spot. If the season ended today, the Clippers would play the Rockets in the first round. The Clippers next game is tonight (Sunday night) against the Memphis Grizzlies.