Smack / Oct 18, 2009 / 5:39 am

Second-Class Clippers

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

As if the Clippers didn’t already feel like second-class citizens in their own arena, how do you think they felt playing a home game at Staples Center yesterday with the Lakers logo painted at midcourt and the gym dipped in purple and gold? Serving as the undercard to Lakers/Bobcats, the Clips at least got a W over the Jazz. Blake Griffin posted 16 points, eight boards, three steals and two blocks (that low rumbling you hear is a herd of fantasy owners rushing to pre-rank Blake higher on their lists), while Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman also scored 16 apiece. Carlos Boozer had 20 points and eight boards in the loss, while Deron Williams had 19 points and six dimes … In the main event, the Lakers knocked off their pesky nemesis Bobcats behind Andrew Bynum‘s 15 points and Kobe‘s 13 and seven assists. Vlad Radmanovic led the ‘Cats with 15 points against his old team, while Adam Morrison showed Charlotte what it gave up — dropping four points in 21 minutes … In Northern Cali, Kevin Martin had a vintage Kevin Martin night — 32 points thanks to 15-of-15 shooting from the charity stripe — while Jason Thompson played out of his mind, notching 20 points and 20 rebounds in a win over the Warriors. Tyreke Evans added 16 points and six boards, while Corey Maggette led GS with 28 points and Stephen Jackson (22 pts, 6-19 FG) returned to play all 48 minutes … Chris Paul put up 21 points and 11 dimes to get the Hornets their first preseason win, at the same time Peja Stojakovic finally found his stroke, going 6-for-9 from the field (4-5 3PA) for 16 points. Playing in front of his New Orleans hometown crowd, Danny Granger dropped 23 points in the loss … Rudy Gay scored 25 points (7-10 FG, 9-10 FT) in Memphis’ 20-piecing of the Pistons, while O.J. Mayo added 21, Zach Randolph had 17 and 12 boards, and Marcus Williams scored 16 … The bad news for the Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet picked up five fouls in 10 minutes. Will Bynum led Detroit with 19 points; Charlie Villanueva made his Pistons debut and had 12 points and five rebounds off the bench … Brandon Jennings had 16 points and seven assists, and Andrew Bogut posted 10 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Milwaukee’s win over Minnesota. In his first game without Kevin Love, Wolves coach Kurt Rambis kept Al Jefferson at center and started Brian Cardinal at the four. Brian Cardinal? If this is going to be a regular thing, the Wolves are in HUGE trouble … There are some D-League squads that wouldn’t just beat the team Cleveland put on the floor last night — they might blow them out. With LeBron, Mo Williams and Shaq getting the night off to rest; Anderson Varejao, J.J. Hickson and Andre Barrett out with the flu; Daniel Gibson, Danny Green and Leon Powe out with various injuries; and Delonte West off handling his problems, here was the Cavs’ starting lineup: Russell Robinson, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Darnell Jackson, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The Mavs knocked off the Cavs’ JV roster last night, getting 19 points from Dirk Nowitzki … College hoops kicked off this weekend with various Midnight Madness block parties around the country. At UConn, guard Jerome Dyson, who missed some time last season after knee surgery, competed in the Huskies’ Midnight Madness dunk contest despite still sitting out practices and drills for the team. “He wouldn’t miss the chance to show off,” Jim Calhoun said. “Jerome has instant recuperative powers when there are two thousand to three thousand coeds looking a him.” … We’re out like the Clippers’ dignity …

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  • David Winner

    As a Clips fan I would still rather be second class at Staples-then playing at the Sports Arena…or in Orange County.

  • Josh Tha roc

    Hand keys to Blake Right now. Ship at least 1 of the two starting c’s (preferably camby) and once again the clips have a bright future ……. Which they will inveriably screw up.

  • K Dizzle

    Not good for my fantasy squad that there’s no mention of Anthony Randolph

  • Big Sia

    Clippers will forever be the U-God of the NBA

    But yo.. they got some talented cats. watch them fuck around and win some games?

  • http://www.in-n-outnba.blogspot.com Lucas

    I’ll be really disapointed if Al Jeff doesn’t play power forward this season.

  • http://www.petsocietyhelp.com Paborito

    Adam Morrison will step up his game this season.

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    I feel bad for anybody who paid to see the Cavs put out that starting line up last night.

  • don cannon

    i think all men have instant recuperative powers when there are two thousand coed present

  • dmitry of jersey

    hey.. last time i’m gona bug yall bout joining a league for a draft tonight. actually two leagues.. the Scotsman’s is drafting at 7 30pm and mine at 9pm EST tomorrow. here’s the info

    7:30pm draft
    yahood id: 183447
    pw: banana ( i think lmk if it dont work)

    9pm draft
    yahoo id: 242301
    pw: banana

    our leagues were nice n competitive last year so if you active and whatnot feel free to join.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips


    I’m sorry, but you are wrong.

  • hooper5013

    @Big sia

    LMAO @ the U-God reference…that dude is hot garbage truck juice…

    Clippers are trash, Blake will be a beast then is 3 years or so he will be playing with another team! Anybody been checking for Lou Williams thus far…if he gets his assist numbers up I could see kid being an all star at the 1 this year or next…out here at GA Tech this summer he put 57 pts in Rondo’s ass in a basketball tournament…

  • vince

    too bad lou williams isnt a good playmaker.

  • dreams

    The Clippers should move to Las Vegas or Kansas City, MAYBE Vancouver..

  • Chi-Tizzle

    At the bulls autograph/open practice. Derrick still working on his ankle and Kirk hinrich is just crossing the rookies. Kirk don’t miss jumpers.

  • Steve nasty

    Hinrich sucks

  • vince

    at least he could defend a chair.

    unlike your man.

  • D.H.


    I would take the Clippers in Vancouver in an instant. Maybe to misfortunes would make a fortune . . .

  • K Dizzle

    lol @ post 10
    That is funny thinkin Morrison gonna go anything this year. How bad is your life when Luke Walton’s ahead of you?

    Lou Williams has about 0% chance of gettin into an all star game…zero

  • cbil01

    if morrison goes anywhere besides the bench this year it’ll be the d-league. unless luke walton and ron artest break each others legs where’s the playing time coming from?

  • Josh Tha roc

    DJ Menbga welcomes Blake griffin to the league…..by letting Blake cram on his head.

    Highlights: DJ ‘i cant believe it happened again’ look afterwards. And Ron Artest at 0.09 mark covering his face with his towel holding in his laughter.


  • Smithy

    @Josh Tha roc, that is too funny!!!