Wednesday night was supposed to one of those off days for the Los Angeles Clippers like a half-day in middle school, or casual Fridays; a time to tie up loose ends before the big presentation in Miami. This was particularly reinforced considering that they were set to face a Charlotte Bobcats team whose second-best player is out with a foot injury, and whose best player is on a golf course somewhere.
A game against the likes of the Bobcats would be considered a trap game in the business of professional basketball, or a rest stop for the NBA‘s elite. The Bobcats haven’t been considered a good team since they became the Bobcats, but they’ve clawed their way into some impressive wins this season and are currently six games under 500.
Yet, the Clippers lost to the Bobcats, who controlled most of game and withstood any threat of a comeback. Clippers guard Darren Collison‘s inability to penetrate the Bobcats’ defense forced the Clippers into a perimeter nightmare, while a blanketed J.J. Redick forced Blake Griffin into the playing the role of a hero.
But there was just one problem — Al Jefferson is the most underrated power forward in the game who strives defensively in the halfcourt. The closing seconds of the game came down to two offensive possessions for the Clippers, and ended in a four point loss to — yes — the Bobcats.
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