There was a preseason game being played last night at the Staples Center, it was the Los Angeles Clippers taking on the Los Angeles Lakers. It was also a game being played without some of the NBA’s biggest stars, with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul taking the night off.
If you didn’t watch this game I don’t blame you, but you missed out. Now you’re probably asking yourself, how on earth did I miss out on a preseason game? Well, this game opened the door for other players to showcase their talents and one of those other players happened to be Eric Bledsoe.
Bledsoe is the Clippers backup point guard, who could arguably be a starter on half of the other teams in the NBA. He is one of the most exciting players to watch on a team that already has enough excitement to compete with Disneyland. Yeah that’s right; watching Blake Griffin jump over a car and players like it’s no big deal is a lot cooler than waiting in a line for two hours. Anyways, this game was important for Bledsoe to show head coach Vinny Del Negro that he could run the offense effectively, when Paul isn’t on the floor.
He finished the first half with 10 points, three assists, and six steals. It was like he was basically saying “Hey coach you want me to show you what”? He was all over the basketball court, cutting through the passing lanes like a defensive back taking a pick six to the house. The Lakers probably weren’t thinking about the Clippers aggressive approach with Paul on the bench, well think again.
In the second half Bledsoe continued to cause havoc on the defensive end of the floor, involving himself in every Lakers turnover. He was also setting up his teammates for some easy looks in transition. The game looked so easy to him at times during last night, which isn’t usually the case for a backup point guard. He shot 7-18 from the field and finished the game with 22 points, 11 assists, and nine steals. It would have put the icing on the cake if he ended up with a triple double, but I think it’s safe to say that he will get one of those in the near future.
In this game Bledsoe didn’t just show his head coach that he can run the offense effectively. He also showed the Lakers and everyone else that was watching that he can be a threat in this league. As of right now sitting behind Paul is only going to benefit him, while in the long run teams will be having nightmares about this guy, just ask Lakers head coach Mike Brown.
Oh yeah, the Clippers won the game 97-91.
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