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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin had the upper edge over Brandon Bass and the Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics finally showed what they were capable of in their 93-76 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Christmas. Unfortunately, they fell right back into their routine of losing a game after the Los Angeles Clippers crushed the Celtics, 106-77, on Thursday night.
Throughout the first two months of the 2012-’13 NBA season, the Celtics have played well in spurts, but they have not been able to seize consistency. They have taken one step forward and two steps back. Their longest win streak has been three.
This team has relied too much on Kevin Garnett’s defensive intensity, Paul Pierce’s scoring, and Rajon Rondo’s playmaking ability. Their complementary players such as Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Bass have struggled. Green has improved over the course of this month which was highlighted by his 15-point output in the win on Tuesday, but he hasn’t seemed to put his whole package of skills together on a game-to-game basis. Lee seems to be losing confidence with his outside shot. He appears to be attempting to take the ball to the basket frequently without much success. Bass’s shot is not falling and his defense has suffered. This is part of the reason why Doc Rivers moved Bass to the bench while starting Jason Collins (Collins is better at setting screens and improves the Celtics interior defense). Collins is also a 7-footer while Bass is an undersized power forward at 6-8. Jared Sullinger has shown he is a great rebounder when he is on the court and he has a niche for making plays in the paint, but he has been plagued by foul trouble. Sullinger leads the team with 79 fouls and he only averages 17.7 minutes per game. He needs to adapt to the NBA and it doesn’t help that the officials know he is a rookie so he will not get the benefit of calls.
The Celtics are also playing with a shortened rotation. Before the game against the Nets, the Celtics signed Jarvis Varnado. Varnado was drafted 41st overall by the Miami Heat in 2010. He was playing in the NBA Development League for Sioux Falls. Varnado, who played college ball at Mississippi State, is 6 feet, 9 inches. He provides the Celtics with frontcourt depth after Darko Milicic left the team to tend to his ailing mother in Serbia and Chris Wilcox was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. Wilcox is expected to be out for at least three weeks. This left Collins as the only true center on the roster. Avery Bradley did not travel with the team and he is expected to make his season debut on January 2nd against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The work ethic that the Celtics displayed in their win over the Nets was missing on Thursday night. They failed to bring that intensity to Los Angeles. The Celtics perimeter defense was atrocious. Matt Barnes had 21 points and he was 5-9 from beyond the arc. Most of those shots were of the catch-and-shoot style with nobody contesting his shot. Barnes looked like he was in the 3-Point Shooting contest. The Celtics sure could have used Bradley’s lunch-pail defense. There were occasions when Blake Griffin had a clear path to the basket because Celtics defenders were a step slow in clogging the paint. On one possession, the Celtics rotations were so bad that Rondo was covering Griffin with no help from anybody else. Rondo was able to strip Griffin when Griffin went to the basket and attempted the shot. The Celtics let the Clippers have their way with them all night.
On this road trip, the Celtics will be playing three games in four nights. On Saturday night, the Celtics travel to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors These are not the same Warriors who played under Don Nelson who liked to spread the defense out with multiple shooters. Mark Jackson is in his second year and he has these Warriors playing with an improved defensive effort. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry have been veteran leaders for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and rookie Harrison Barnes. David Lee (19.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game) is playing at an All-Star level.
On Sunday, the Celtics will go head to head with the Kings and even though the Kings currently sit in last place in the Pacific Division at 9-19, they cause havoc for the Celtics. Last year in their only meeting, the Kings laid a 120-95 whipping on the Celtics. This will mark the second game on back-to-back nights. Based on the Celtics recent history, they have not performed well on the road in the back end of playing on consecutive nights.
The Celtics did not play well in their last swing through Houston, San Antonio, and Chicago. They got off to a great start with the win in Brooklyn and they would like to string together some wins on this journey, but it will not be easy, especially if they continue to play like they did on Thursday night.
BEST OF MAXIM
As we clean up the last of the highlights from the Christmas Day games, we came across this video of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin pranking a camera guy during a stoppage of play.Watch as Blake disconnects one of his wires provides the camera man a good laugh:
Blake Griffin is such the little prankster. Check out his latest attempt at a joke, this time unplugging a cord from a cameraman during the Clippers Christmas Day game against the Nuggets. o word on if it worked or not, we assume the latter.
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One of the things that we are thankful for here on Outside the Boxscore is the dunks of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.
During the Christmas day game against the Denver Nuggets, Blake soared high for a dunk that needs to be seen to be believe:
Following the Clippers beating the Celtics on Thursday night by a mere 29 points and claiming their 15th straight win, Blake Griffin ditched the ugly Christmas sweater for something else. We will let you decide for yourself if the fake ‘stache is a good move or not.
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As previously noted on this fair website, when the Los Angeles Clippers play a basketball game...it is almost certain that Blake Griffin will do something worthy of making this site.
During Thursday's night game against the Boston Celtics, watch as Blake soars around Brandon Bass for the nice scoop lay-up:
Blake Griffin, during his post game media availability, channeled his inner Cliff Paul, Chris Paul’s identical twin in the State Farm “Born To Assist” commercial that premiered on Christmas: via @laclippers, @jadande, @DanWoikeSports, @arashmarkazi
Earlier today, we featured a State Farm commercial starring Chris Paul called "Born to Assist" where Paul meets his twin brother, "Cliff Paul".Since Paul got a chance to wear a fake moustache for the commercial, the folks with the Los Angeles Clippers decided to give away free fake moustaches to fans on Thursday night.It appears that forward Blake Griffin got...
As previously noted on this website, if the Los Angeles Clippers play a basketball game...there will be at least one notable dunk from Blake Griffin.Check out this alley-oop pass from Chris Paul to Griffin in the second quarter of the game which gets a seal of approval from Billy Crystal:
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin receive most of the notoriety for the Los Angeles Clippers, though one of the league's deepest supporting casts has been a major reason for their success.
Los Angeles looks to extend its franchise-best winning streak to 15 on Thursday night when it hosts a Boston Celtics team that has mainly held Paul in check the last couple times he's faced...
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers celebrated their high-profile home game against the Denver Nuggets by breaking out their finest Yuletide sweaters. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin showed off their postgame press conference.
The Clippers had no problem crushing the Nuggets on Christmas Day to notch their 14th straight win, which also gave them the best record in the league...
By adding one more victory to their already historic winning streak, the Los Angeles Clippers can be part of an exclusive club.
The Utah Jazz have other plans after giving the Clippers their toughest time during the run.
The red-hot Clippers will try to become the third team in NBA history to complete a 16-0 month Sunday night when they close out December at home against the Jazz...
Tip: 10:30PM Court: Staples Center Watch it: TNT Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Marc Davis, Eric Lewis and Tre Maddox
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On Road: 5-8
At Home: 13-3
Streak: Won 1
Streak: Won 14
Buckets: Pierce (20.5 ppg)
Buckets: Blake Griffin (18.1 ppg)
Clippers logo in 1978.
Three notes of some significance heading into tonight's contest:
1. The Clippers have won 14 straight games. It's the longest win streak in franchise history, and at 22-6 they have the best record in the NBA. They're good, but they're not that good. LA is due for a loss this evening.
2. Jamal Crawford is sneaky good. Blake Griffin...