Los Angeles Clippers Gradually Coming Together
The Los Angeles Clippers are 15 games into the season, and they seem to be firing on all cylinders. The Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls over the weekend to boost their record to 10-5. They showed they can win a close game, beating the Kings by one point, and then demolished the Bulls by 39 points the following day.
The new players acquired during the offseason seem to be fitting in perfectly. J.J. Redick is off to the best start of his career and Jared Dudley is proving to be a capable defender and consistent shooter. Dudley had 21 points in just 21 minutes of play against the Bulls and went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. He went 3-for-5 from three point land against the Kings a day earlier.
Another encouraging sign for the Clippers was the play of Antawn Jamison. Jamison had yet to enter a game so far this season before playing 15 minutes against the Bulls Sunday. Granted, the game was out of reach, but Jamison played more minutes than Byron Mullens, who had been seeing most of the minutes off the bench. Although Jamison played well, head coach Doc Rivers said he would like to use Jamison as little as possible so he can save him for the second half of the season and the playoffs.
Chemistry doesn’t seem to be an issue for a team that welcomed several new players and a new coach during the offseason. Chris Paul looks like he already figured out where Redick and Dudley like to receive the ball; DeAndre Jordan looks like he has bought into Rivers’ defensive system; and Blake Griffin continues to grow with the help of his new teammates and coaching staff. It looks like the Clippers are headed in the right direction.