Clippers vs Bucks
Clippers vs Bucks
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
The Clippers welcome the scorching hot Milwaukee Bucks into the Staples Center for a matinee game at Staples Center. The streaking Bucks are coming off a 23-point win vs the defending champs a couple nights ago, so the Clippers will have their hands full in Saturday afternoons game. Until it becomes clear, I will be looking to see which one of the Clipper guards will take it upon themselves to be a leader get his teammates involved in the game.
The multitalented Clippers squad came out the gate hot in this game against the Milwaukee. By shooting over 52% and only allowing the Bucks to shoot 37.5% the Clippers were able to jump out to a 9-point lead to end the quarter. Tobias Harris leads the charge with 9 points in said quarter.
The Bucks fought their way back in the game behind the shooting of Brook Lopez, as he had his career high in 3-point shots taken and made. Lopez took four 3-point shots and made all four of them. Lopez also led his team in scoring for the quarter, though Antetokounmpo’s 10 points in the quarter, wasn’t far behind him. By shooting 66% from 3-point range, the Bucks were able to take a 2-point lead going into halftime.
Apparently, Doc Rivers and Montrezl Harrell had a conversation, at halftime, about his lack of effort in the first half. Clearly, he received the message as he came out with his customary energy, effort, and defense to inspire the Clippers in that quarter. The Clipper defense held the Bucks to under 35% FG% and an abysmal 8.3% form 3-point territory. Not only did the Clippers win the quarter, the lead by 5 at the end of the third quarter.
Giannis and Bledsoe led the Bucks with 8 points each in the quarter, and Giannis also grabbed 7 rebounds in the quarter. Harrell 9 points and 4 rebounds in the quarter wasn’t enough to hold off the Bucks. As Bledsoe tied the game up on a three-shot that bounced around every inch of the rim before dropping in.
It was nip and tuck in the extra period. As the Bucks scored a total of 7 points and the Clippers scored 9 points. The last 2, and most important, points came from Lou Williams, as he hit a runner from the right side of the court with .03 seconds remaining in the game to take the lead for good.
I generally enjoy watching this team play. I think they need a traditional point guard on their team, to get their legitimate scorers the ball in the right places. They have Harris who avg. 19.7 in his 2 years with the Clippers, Gallinari avg. 16.9, Lou avg. 22.1, these guys are scorers! Why ask them to become playmakers? Get a guy who can facilitate for this team…? Though Shai Gilgeous Alexander is great in the open court, can he get his teammates ball, in the right places, at the right time is the question of the season for the Clippers in my mind. Please let me know your thoughts on the Clippers and what do you think about how the roster is currently constructed, by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or @whatsgoodinsports.