Remember all those screens, slips and dives the Clips ran for Blake against the Lakers? There was only a faint trace of that goodness on Christmas night. Blake still managed to put together an efficient night from table scraps, but the Clips need to figure out how to feed the ball to Blake where there's paint under his feet.
Yeah, it's nice to have multiple point guards so that CP can play off the ball, but there were stretches -- particularly in the first half -- when you'd be hard-pressed to find him on the floor. When he was at the controls, Paul didn't attack screens with the same ferocity he did in the preseason, though he had some nice flourishes and came through big at the end.
The full DeAndre was on display -- the good, the bad and the excruciating. Jordan did unspeakable things to the Warriors, just ask Monte Ellis (chasedown victim) and David Lee (was robbed midflight). But his eagerness was also largely responsible for Golden State's feast on the offensive glass. Finally, there was the Hack-a-DJ exhibition in the third quarter, when a mortified Jordan built a house from the stripe.
Every starter on the Clippers has one or more offensive strength, but those assets weren't played to maximum effect. The Clippers used a shocking number of one-pass possessions, and relied on more step-back jumpers and early shot-clock heaves than they rightfully should. Against a craftier defense, the Clips would've been toast.
A gentleman's C for Mark Jackson's slower, but more defensively attentive Warriors. The Dubs only nibbled around the edges during the offseason, and the results weren't surprising. The starting unit looked impressive in spots, but a lack of depth, size and rim protection did them in. On the plus side, welcome back Andris Biedrins.