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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-11-07

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-11-07The Los Angeles Clippers showed in Friday's win over Golden State that they are more than capable of living up to the preseason expectations placed upon them by some fans and some media outlets. It was an outstanding victory reminiscent of a contender, something the Clippers haven't been called often in their history.

In the win, the team shot 59.5 percent from the field and handed out 26 assists on 44 made baskets. Also, nine players (Rasual Butler, Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, Baron Davis, Sebastian Telfair, Al Thornton, Ricky Davis and DeAndre Jordan) scored, as the Clippers showed the sort of balance that eluded them at times last season.

In 2008-2009, the Clippers bench, thanks in part to injuries, consisted mainly of Mardy Collins, Alex Acker, Fred Jones and Mike Taylor. And while each player certainly had his own unique talents to offer, from Acker's defense to Taylor's occasional brilliance on the offensive end, as a whole, they failed to either keep the Clippers in games or help the team build leads after the starters took a seat.

This lack of production led players like Baron Davis to at times force shots in the second halves of games, and the one-on-one play influenced other players on the squad to play individual, rather than team, basketball. But it appears that in 2009-2010, the bench is appreciably stronger, with the additions of Butler, Telfair and Smith, and this should allow the back-ups to take considerable pressure off of the starters while allowing the team to play an entire solid game, rather than just a quarter or two.

And if the Clippers can continue to put together consistently outstanding games against all comers this season, then the playoffs could be a possibility. The Clippers will get the chance to show their overall team cohesion wasn't a mirage in Friday's win over the Warriors against the Memphis Grizzlies on the road Saturday.

CLIPPERS 118, WARRIORS 90: The Los Angeles Clippers followed up their 57-point first half with 61 more points in the second half to cruise to a victory over the Golden State Warriors on the road Friday night. The Clippers are now 2-4 and won two in a row thanks in part to repeat outstanding performances by Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon and Baron Davis, as Kaman tallied 22 points and Gordon and Davis each netted 25 in the win.

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Added: November 7, 2009


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