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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-10-30

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-10-30If Marcus Camby can play like he did against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, then the Clippers will have a formidable option in the frontcourt as the season progresses. Camby defied his 35-year-old frame with an outstanding effort, pumping in 23 points, collecting 11 rebounds and handing out three assists.

Camby, who started things off with a huge first half in which he hit numerous open jumpers, converted an alley-oop and resoundingly blocked a couple of shots while looking energized and lethal throughout the first 24 minutes of the contest. Those open, makeable shots that eluded him at times during the 2008-2009 season turned into easy scores for the Clippers.

Camby's jumpshot could be called a work in progress, ever since he made his first big impact in the NBA as a member of the New York Knicks while filling in for legendary center Patrick Ewing as the underdog Knicks improbably advanced to the NBA Finals during the 1999 playoffs before falling to the San Antonio Spurs. Camby was known then for his shot-blocking and overall defensive prowess, and this reputation followed him to other stops, including in Denver, where he won the NBA Defensive Player Of The Year Award for the 2006-2007 season.

However, Camby's health has been an issue ever since he entered the league, as evidenced by no full seasons played, including appearing in just 62 games with the Clippers last season. This has led some within the NBA to label Camby as soft, and his aforementioned shaky jumper perhaps was why Phoenix decided to leave him open so many times on Wednesday night.

But the Suns paid for their negligence, and every game that Camby can collect 20+ points and 10+ rebounds will be a huge asset to the Clippers as Blake Griffin continues to recover from his left kneecap injury. Camby and the Clippers will next take on the Utah Jazz on the road Friday night.

SUNS 109, CLIPPERS 107: The Clippers could not hold onto a late fourth-quarter lead in their home opener at the Staples Center Wednesday night. Steve Nash of the Suns tallied 15 of his 24 points in the decisive fourth quarter, including a clutch three-pointer and game-deciding running lay-up in the waning moments of the contest.

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Added: October 30, 2009


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