President Obama may want Blake Griffin to take more 14-footers, but it's hard to argue with the brutal efficiency of a dunk. Griffin did his damage at arm's length Thursday night, manhandling Jason Thompson but struggling to convert from outside the paint. Wag-of-my-finger to the Kings' scouts: Chuck Hayes, who gave Griffin fits last season, was never assigned to guard him.
Chris Paul passed up on open looks for most of the first half, intent on jump-starting the Clippers' ice cold shooters. The result was the season's most balanced attack, with six guys in double-digits. He put the game away down the stretch by balancing his passes with slashes to the basket, embarrassing a succession of Kings guards who tried to stay in front of him.
Randy Foye needs to hit 3-pointers to be effective, and he did Thursday night, draining three of seven from deep. But Foye, who sometimes spends entire games loitering around the perimeter, wasn't heaving indiscriminately. He punished hard-closing defenders with an aggresive dribble, flashing to the rim and passing back out to shooters with equal facility.
After scoring a paltry 11 points in the loss to the Wolves, the bench exploded Thursday night. Kenyon Martin showed off his effectively ugly J, while an ice-cold Mo Williams broke out for 18 points. Newly restored Clipper Bobby Simmons, working on a 10-day contract, may have secured himself a job for the season's remainder with his impressive work at the backup 3.
Coach Keith Smart, perhaps emboldened by recently losing his "interim" tag, has radically changed the Kings' style, putting Isaiah Thomas at the point and revving the pace to create more shots for his squad of gunners. The team has responded with its best ball of the season, but until they begin to play defense there will be many more nights like Thursday night.