Anytime Vinny Del Negro is your coach you can never have too many leaders on the floor. For the Los Angeles Clippers they have the ultimate floor general in Chris Paul, but the veteran presence from Grant Hill means more to this team than meets the eye.
All season I’ve been shooting down the Clippers early success because I don’t see this team having the experience to go deep into the NBA playoffs. Although a player like Chauncey Billups may come to mind he has played just three games this season and isn’t the player he used to be.
At 40-years-old Hill made one of the leagues most prolific scorers in Carmelo Anthony look pedestrian in the fourth quarter on Sunday afternoon. Now, make no mistake Anthony did drop 42, but he was obviously hindered by Hill and the Clippers wound up sneaking a road win out against a tough New York Knicks team.
I still don’t care for the style of basketball that the Clippers play, however if in fact the team begins to adopt Hill’s gritty style of play they will have success in the playoffs. Everyone knows that the postseason is not about alley-oops and between the legs passes and that’s the identity of the Clippers.
I’m not about to proclaim Hill as the messiah, but if he can bring something off of a young and one-dimensional bench the will be a little bit scarier come playoff time.
Hill definitely sparked a team that was 3-7 in their last 10 games but, you can’t expect him to play like this night in and night out as the other players have to start understanding the game of basketball in its entirety.