Sigh. Sigh. SIGH.
The loss was predictable. The Clippers toyed with us like grandpa giving Jr. a queen and rook and then playing him at chess. But, we knew that was probably going in. On the other hand, the annual Boogie blowup was the unneeded cherry on top. Oh, and then there was Walton.
Still not bad enough for girls. They just kind of held us at arms length, but there was a pretense of a game going on for most of it. Don't think we ever went down 20. A few times we even cut it under 10. We were no threat, but we'll do a normal theme instead.
Stats: 29min 5pts (2-6, 1-2, 0-0) 2reb 4ast 0stl 1blk 1TO
Salmons ( C- ) -- nice pass on the break to Boogie for a dunk in the early going as he was playing the willing ball mover again to start this one. But unfortunately that was pretty all he was able to do, as he had almost no productivity of his own. On the positive side, neither did Caron Butler. We got in trouble in our smallball lineup late in the half where we were repeatedly treated to the spectacle of John Salmons trying to keep Blake Griffin off the boards. Hit a three early in the third, but too small to stop Odom at SF, and completely disappeared from the statsheet soon therafter.
Stats: 27min 10pts (5-7, 0-0, 0-0) 8reb 2ast 0stl 2blk 3TO
Thompson ( B- ) -- was into quick foul trouble against Griffin and barely got to play in the first half. Think he had somehting like 7 minutes for the whole half to go with his 3 fouls. Stepped forward after the break with Cousins suddenly not with the team. Never a huge impact, but gave us a Jason Thompson half of efficient scoring, solid rebounding, and a couple of good help blocks inside, while guarding centers and mostly letting Chuck get his face on Blake Griffin posters. Also helped get us going in the early third with some solid passing, and in general if he had played the entire game at his second half level would likely be looking at a B or B+ type grade. Alas, we only had him for a half.
Stats: 20min 9pts (4-9, 0-0, 1-2) 5reb 3ast 2stl 1blk 2TO
Cousins ( ) -- so...was going along playing a fairly mediroce low impact first half. Had a few moments flashing the talent around the hoop, made a nice give an go pass to Thornton etc. Was virtually the only guy rebounding before half as we were getting crushed. But he didn't look comfrotable, made several bad passes trying to do too much and triggering Clippers breaks, missed more jumpers than he hit, and even on the glass where he was our only guy, he seemd to be losing more battles than he won. And then...well, check the rest of the board for the and then.
Stats: 25min 11pts (4-9, 2-5, 1-1) 4reb 1ast 1stl 0blk 1TO
Thornton ( C ) -- started the game hot as it looked like there was going to be a little hope of a Thornton/Cuz teaming to make a game of things. Barely rippled the net with a three to start things, scored on a give and go from Boogie, then added another three. But in our normal chciken and the egg stuff, either he quit trying to work wihtin the system as the system broke down, or the system broke down because he quit trying to work in it. Either way, as the half wore on he quit taking shots off the catch and started gunning 1 on 1 jumpers. And missing. Thx Marcus. Came out in the third missing shots that we needed and actually ended up being repalced for most of the second half as we figured Jimmer could chuck up bad shots just as easily. Didn't feel this was a terrible game form Marcus so much as just an unnecessary struggle after a while. Done in by his own inner selfish which he falls back upon when times get tough.
Stats: 21min 6pts (2-6, 1-4, 1-1) 0reb 2ast 0stl 1blk 3TO
Brooks ( D ) -- got almost nothing accomplished out there in the first half against CP3. Passes and dropoffs were repeatedly getting tipped for turnovers early, and no other productivity. Returned in the second and immediately bricked another 3. Finally got a drive and dish to Couins late in the half. A little more effective in the early 3rd, hit a three, but then got in foul toruble and was not missed as we threw out the mini chuckers and let them gun at will the rest of the way.