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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-11-18

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-11-18The Clippers have had trouble stopping an opponent's best scorers. And although Tuesday's loss to the New Orleans Hornets wasn't much different in that David West netted 24 points, it was the play of three other Hornets in the absence of starting point guard Chris Paul that might have signaled a team-wide problem defensively for the Clippers thus far.

While West had his way with whomever was guarding him, collecting six offensive rebounds and shooting 9-of-14 from the field, his teammates -- Devin Brown, Bobby Brown and Marcus Thornton -- were inexplicably go-to scorers and combined for a staggering 40 points. Coming into the game, the trio was averaging 25.1 points among them, but against the Clippers, both Browns and Thornton looked like All-Stars.

Both Devin Brown and Bobby Brown repeatedly found wide-open shots against the Clippers as Baron Davis to Sebastian Telfair either got lost behind screens and picks or decided to let the players fire away. This allowed the Hornets to open an insurmountable lead as Thornton also eventually found the range when his defenders decided not to respect his jumper.

In a game where one of the league's best point guards was absent, allowing Devin Brown and Bobby Brown to combine for 28 points and eight assists is inexcusable if the Clippers expect to have a chance to win. And if other players, such as Chris Kaman, aren't able to box out or beat opponents to the boards, then there will be more nights when undersized and undermanned teams get 19 offensive rebounds and 33 free throw attempts against the Clippers.

One way to stop a shooter is to force him to drive to the basket, and this strategy was used too late by the Clippers -- both Devin Brown and Bobby Brown couldn't make a shot inside when the Clippers pressured them to drive to the hoop. Wednesday's game at Memphis will give the Clippers the opportunity from the start to force the Grizzlies' Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo to beat them with effort rather than with wide-open looks at the basket.

HORNETS 110, CLIPPERS 102: The Clippers couldn't find a way to score at various times during the fourth quarter Tuesday and lost to New Orleans for the 11th straight time. Al Thornton poured in a season-high 30 points but couldn't score enough in the fourth quarter to rally the Clippers from a game-long deficit.

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Added: November 18, 2009


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