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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-20


Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-20
At some point during the Clippers' upcoming six-game road trip, Coach Mike Dunleavy very well may play his trio of post players -- Chris Kaman, Marcus Camby and Zach Randolph -- all at the same time.

If Dunleavy sees any glimmer of potential in that unit becoming a lethal offensive force, then it gives the Clippers an array of options to work with next season.

If that experiment were to work, Dunleavy would be able to bring current small forward Al Thornton off the bench to go against second-unit type opponents. Thornton instantly would become a legitimate candidate for the NBA's sixth man of the year award. Point guard Baron Davis would have a bevy of passing options and his assist total would be sure to rise. Shooting guard Eric Gordon would have more scoring opportunities because opponents would have to double team whomever Davis dumped the ball to in the post. And designated shooter Steve Novak would be even more dangerous in his role off the bench as a three-point specialist.

If the Clippers can avoid the debilitating injuries that have wrecked their chances each of the past two years, on paper they appear to be capable of being a playoff-caliber team. For that reason, Dunleavy has not panicked nor lost his optimism this season for what he feels are better days ahead.

Assistant general manager Neil Olshey recently said that it would be extremely difficult for whomever the Clippers pick in the draft to break into next year's rotation.

That being said, perhaps it might be an ideal time for the Clippers to break with tradition and use their lottery pick as trade fodder to beef up the roster with a young but experienced veteran with a winning attitude. The Clippers might be down now, but there is reason to believe that their misfortune might soon be over.

CLIPPERS 123, WIZARDS 108: The Clippers nearly had four players as 20-point scorers in a rousing getaway game victory over the Wizards. Steve Novak continued his scorching three-point shooting streak, sinking six of 10 shots from beyond the arc. He finished with 21 points, two shy of his season high. Al Thornton scored 22 points. Eric Gordon led the way with 26 points and Chris Kaman scored a season-high 19 points.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: March 20, 2009

 

 
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