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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Clippers collapse leads to a lot of talk

Mar 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

Caron Butler AP

What you missed while watching your NCAA bracket go up in flames….

Suns 91, Clippers 87: Phoenix was on the second night of a back-to-back-to-back so coach Alvin Gentry decided to rest Grant Hill and Steve Nash — and the Suns still rallied from 12 back in the fourth quarter to win. The Suns have some fight in them, they are just 2.5 games back of the last playoff spot in the West and they want it. Shannon Brown felt at home in Staples and had seven fourth quarter points (21 for the game) and led the Suns 12-4 run to close out the contest and get the win.

The Clippers end of game execution has been terrible over the last month or so. They struggle to get off good shots when the defensive intensity picks up and teams try to take away their first option on the pick-and-roll. Chris Paul was particularly passive in this game (as evidenced by his one free throw all night) and when he did try to attack late he spun into Sebastian Telfair who made the steal. The Clippers whole fourth quarter was like that.

After the game, the Clippers had a team meeting that lasted more than an hour. I’m sure that solved everything.

Wizards 99, Hornets 89: The Wizards pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 17-2 run — and Roger Mason had 14 in the fourth quarter. John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists and was the best player on the floor. For a change the Wizards did a good job spacing the floor and moving the ball. Part of that may be that the Hornets defense is terrible. Actually that may be a lot of it.

Mavericks 101, Bobcats 96: Dallas has struggled in recent weeks and they were behind in this one by double digits after a 25-6 run by the Bobcats in the second quarter. But the Mavericks have a lot of talent and the Bobcats defense can politely be called “scattered” and Dallas made its own push to get the lead back, then a 20-7 fourth quarter sealed it (although the Bobcats made it close late). Dirk Nowitzki had 27 for Dallas, Corey Maggette led the Bobcats with 21.

Jazz 111, Timberwolves 105 (OT): Utah led most of this game but a 19-7 run to close it out by the Timberwolves sent this one to overtime. An overtime that was almost averted but Paul Millsap missed a layup at the end of regulation. In the overtime an 8-0 run by the Jazz got them the win. Gordon Hayward had 26 to lead six Jazz players who scored in double figures. Kevin Love had 25 points and 16 boards because he is Kevin Love.

Thunder 103, Nuggets 90: Oklahoma City started out the second half on an 8-0 run, held the Nuggets to 21 percent shooting in the third, pulled away and never looked back for a nice win. But the Nuggets were without JaVale McGee who didn’t get to town yet, he would have changed everything. Right. The big news for the Thunder is they got Thabo Sefolosha back, and while he just played 12 minutes this can return the Thunder to their normal rotations soon.


  1. phx1311 - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    blake got dunked on post that. they lost the game but still get a highlight video go figure!!!

    • raidmagic - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      He is so overrated

      • redstar504 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM


        He is Vince Carter 2.0 once he ages a little his game is gone

      • juanandonly24 - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        What redstar said. It really angers me that he has potential to be the best power forward in the league for a long time but refuses to to develop a reliable mid-range jumpshot or even a respectable FT%. LMA and Kevin Love are all in the same discussion, but have nowhere the athleticism that Griffin does.

  2. juanandonly24 - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I cannot believe how empty that Hornets game is

    • philwauke - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      I’m not the league sold us a fake Bill of goods. They made a big push to sell 10,000 seats but they traded our star ” good riddance by the way” and got nothing in return, made no effort to resign dwest, the owner situation is no closer to being resolved and finally Dell Demps is being hamstrung in his efforts to run the team and probably won’t get the chance to run it if the new projected owner group comes in with Mike Dunleavy in the group.

      • redstar504 - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Phil you couldn’t be more right on the effort to get D-West back. Loosing Paul I could stomach. Once I saw what Wade-Bosh-LBJ set up in Miami I knew he was as good as gone. Paul is the prototypical “today’s NBA Player” he was going to want a home in a big city with other stars just like his hommies got. I accepted that, really knew that when he signed his prior contract extension for only a couple of years on advice of close friend LBJ. Loosing West and watching the NBA do nothing to stop it was a kick to the nuts.

        West is a throw back Karl Malone style PF. He plays thru pain and doesn’t complain. He doesn’t back away from any opponent. He just goes out there and does his job and does it well. The fact that we made no try on him is madding. Just as madding as paying top dollar this season to watch a team that Kentuckey could destroy. We are starting guys that wouldn’t even make other teams rosters. I love the game and will allways go but this is a very bad team.

        The one consoling tought is Coach Williams somehow finds a way to draw up plays and motavate the scrubs because despite loosing all the time no one can say we don’t play hard. We keep loosing by a couple of points here an last second missed shot there. It is not like we are getting blown out of the water every night.

      • philwauke - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        I hope the new owners don’t want their own coach. I think Monty Williams is an excellent coach.

      • redstar504 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        I think he is great if they get rid of him they are crazy. He is easily one of the best young coaches comming up and he knows how to get the most out of what he has. Not to mention he actully can get guys to play defense. Two things I know I like right know coach Williams and using the amnesty clause on Mek.

    • cltjump - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Bring Back the Buzz….. to Charlotte.

      • philwauke - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        They are expected to sign a new lease today through 24 so no dice.

    • gmsalpha - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      I can. They’re the Hornets. They have no star power to speak of, and oh by the way — they played the Washington Wizards. John Wall is nice and everything, but so far he hasn’t turned out to be the player most people expected. Then again, he’s on the Wizards. That can’t be good for his development.

      • redstar504 - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

        That was one of the worst crowds all year. Last night it was easy to count the fans in the stands in the lower bowl it was bad, real bad. If you wanted to you could have conversations from 20 rows deep with players on the floor. I guess folks were either hung over from the Hornets/Laker overtime the night before or out around town doing the other 10 million Irish/Italian events going on all over town right now.

        Good news is the Hornetts and Louisiana finally signed the lease extension no outs until 2024 and the arena is getting a $90 million facelift. Gov. Jindal is expected to announce all of this, this afternoon.

  3. max20characters - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    When Blake dunks, whole world rejoices.
    When Blake gets dunked ON, no one notices.
    Kevin Love > Blake Griffin.

  4. mcjon22 - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    You guys are missing the main problem here. It’s the coach.

    As a Bulls fan, seeing the team blow leads was close to the norm when he was in Chicago. He is not a very good X’s and O’s coach, isn’t much of a motivator, and takes his foot off the gas when his team is in control. He’s extremely below average. Look at Chicago once he was out of there. D-Rose becomes MVP and they win 62 games. What, you think Boozer was worth 22 wins? That was all coaching.

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