Clippers Rout the Visiting Wizards
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Sunday in Los Angeles was a busy day for local sports fans. There were the Los Angeles Kings playing at Staples Center earlier in the day. The undefeated Rams were also playing just south of Staples Center and just a few miles north of Staples Center the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing their last home game of the World Series. While the 3-2 Clippers were set to cap off the weekend for sports fans in Southern California as the Washington Wizards came to town to improve upon their 1-4 record.
The Clippers brass has put together a solid mix of players that should be in the most games they play. So just as I expected, the Clippers look good in a wide-open basketball game. Avery Bradley led the team in scoring in the first quarter. The Clippers ended the quarter with an 8-point lead, three points coming from a buzzer beater from rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Naturally, on Lou Williams bobblehead night, he would lead the team in scoring off the bench. The team had great balance throughout the game, as they had five players off the bench to score in double figures against the Wizards. This is an indication to me that this is a cohesive team which is also deep with bench support.
The Clippers led by as much as 16 points in the second quarter. The Wizards were able to narrow the lead down to 9 points prior to the game being delayed after Markief Morris took an elbow to the head. The Clippers finished the first half with a 10-point lead and the Avery Bradley leading the team in scoring with 13 points. They also had a season leading 19 first half assists is further evidence the Clippers are playing with good chemistry.
For the make-up of the team, we know they have the various tools to be successful, though I am looking to see who will become the leader and playmaker on this squad. We know Lou will get them points in bunches, along with Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari. They also have Patrick Beverly and Avery Bradley leading the defensive charge, in addition to Marcin Gortat and Montrez Harrell getting their rebounds and block shots… but who will be the go-to guy in crunch time…?
The Clippers added to their 69- 54 halftime lead, by extended their lead to over 20 points in the third quarter. Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 11 points in the quarter. They also finished the quarter with 6 players in double figures, helping them to grow their lead over the hapless Washington Wizards.
The Clippers unselfishness led to a season-high 34 team assist as well as a total of 9 players who scored in double figures. Showing that scoring should, and would, not be a problem for this team. The only concern I would have is who would be in control of the ball down the stretch of a tight game. I am sure the coaches are pleased not to have to be concerned with that on Sunday evening.
“We have the attacker and aggressive guys in Avery and Pat; the cerebral players in Milos and Shai, and then Lou, he’s our scorer! He comes in and scores for us. We have a lot of guards, that do a lot of different things and we can show a lot of different looks. I like that versatility.” Head Coach Doc Rivers mentioned when ask about the guards in his team after their win against the Wizards.
As I mentioned previously, this is a nice mixture of players. I see them being able to contend for the 6-8 seed in the Western Conference, and anything can happen once you get into the tournament. The development of that floor general will make the game easier for all the scorers they have. Please let me know your thoughts on the Clippers and what do you see as their ceiling this season by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or @whatsgoodinsports.