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Nikola Vucevic drops 30 on the Clippers (VIDEO)

Nov 7, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

Doc Rivers has spend considerable effort to pump up the ego of DeAndre Jordan, who came out on fire during the preseason but has gotten quiet (literally) as the season has gone on.

Wednesday night Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic owned him. Owned the entire Clipper team really — 30 points and 21 boards. He led the charge in a 98-90 Orlando win. The third year pro showed agility, strength, good court sense, a midrange game and the ability to finish at the rim.

You know, all the things you want in a center to build around. The things the Clippers expect but don’t get consistently out of Jordan. Orlando has something here, a good center who is going to be around a while.

  1. 27winstreak - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Perrrrfect. Means the Clippers are gunna bring it tonight, or at least I would hope so! Don’t wanna get whooped by BOTH Florida teams back to back hahaha

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      I know it’s still a very small sample size, but the Clippers defense is terrible… worst in the league actually as they are giving up the most points per game.

      They WILL win a lot of regular season games this yr there is no doubt.

      But one thing basketball fans know is that when the playoffs begin, the game slows down, there are more half court sets and defense becomes much more important in the playoffs than it is during the regular season.

      I mean Vinny got canned not for winning 56 games and the division title, but for NOT winning in the playoffs…

    • raidmagic - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Well that didn’t work out

  2. Anoesis - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Clippers fans thought it was hilarious pointing out the lack of defense on the Lakers, but are they still laughing now?

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Man, Clippers can’t even win an offseason championship.

  3. 407magic - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    My magic got vucivic in the Dwight Howard trade along with harkless from the sixers for Bynum.
    Funny how everyone was saying the magic got nothing in that 4 team trade. Who’s laughing now? Looks like the magic won out of those 4 teams.
    Vuc still has a lot to learn especially on the defensive end but it’s nice to see him growing. Great footwork, soft touch, nice range and can rebound. Not bad for just starting on his 3rd year and already has 2 30/20 games and half dozen 20/20 games in his young career.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      I don’t think anyone said they didn’t get anything in the trade. Most people were saying it would take some time to assess what they got… which is true… they are all young players/draft picks and those always take time to develop. So far it looks great though!

      Vucevic is a great player, loved him at USC. He has great footwork and plays tough basketball. He has great positioning and it seems like he improves not just year to year, but game to game, which really speaks to his work ethic and attitude.

    • ryanrockzzz - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      I HATED the Sixers giving up Vuc in that deal. Obviously, I never had any clue he would errupt into such a great rebounder and post up center, but you could see potential with him when Doug Collins would actually give him minutes, and it never quite sat well. Needless to say, it REALLY doesn’t sit well now haha.

  4. themagicfanguy - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Dude’s a beast.

  5. otistaylor89 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Looks like the entire Clipper team has their feet stuck to the floor on every one of those plays – that happens after flying 3,000 miles to play a basketball game when you are actually thinking about the next nights game instead.
    Shouldn’t be an excuse, but the NBA season is brutal at times.

  6. supervillain910 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Clippers take 2 steps forward and then 3 steps back smh…..

  7. fearthehoody - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Dare I say, VDN would have them playing better? Better coach, worse results! Oh the humanity.

  8. telergy - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    look at the feetwork on this guy

  9. rodyaugu - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Post defense is slowly becoming a lost art in the nba, because there aren’t many post players in the league anymore, the best defensive bigs don’t feel the need to improve their post defense. They’re making some of the few post players looks better than they actually are with the lackluster post defense.

  10. tcclark - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    this is the reason Sixers fans should boo Andrew Bynum.

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