I don’t always cringe when I watch basketball games, but when I do, I’m watching the Los Angeles Clippers get destroyed by the Toronto Raptors 98-73.
There are not many good things I can say about last night’s game on the Clippers’ end. On offense, the Clippers set season lows for both points and field goal percentages. The Clippers shot only 34.7% from the field and 15.8% from the 3-point line in particular. To give some perspective on that–the Clippers only made a total of THREE 3-pointers. THREE.
On defense, the Clippers sorely missed both Chris Paul’s and Matt Barnes’ quickness up front. The amount of fast break points have plummeted in recent games, something that has been a critical component of the Clippers’ previous successes.
The Raptors just completely dominated the energy from the very start. Fans were excited to welcome Rudy Gay to his new home, even giving him a standing ovation went he went to check-in for the first time. The short-handed Clippers just could not get it together enough to overcome the Raptors’ newfound momentum.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin led the team with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Jamal Crawford followed with 14 points, and Caron Butler contributed 12 points.
For the Toronto Raptors, Rudy Gay led the team with 20 points, and Amir Johnson followed with 19 points and 16 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan also put up 19 points.
The Clippers have a day to think about what they’ve done and recover. They continue on the road to take on the Boston Celtics on Superbowl Sunday, and it should prove to be an interesting matchup. The Clippers may again be without Chris Paul, and the Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo, who suffered a season-ending injury last Friday against the Atlanta Hawks.