Clippers’ Bench Prove Strong for Suns
Without their star player, the Clippers squad appeared depleted and weak on paper. However, their bench saw off Chicago Bulls 120-93 in a match played in Los Angeles last Sunday. Not many people had the guts to put their money on the Clippers particularly without their key player, Blake Griffin, who is nursing an injury to his right hand. Apparently, Jamal Crawford greatly took a replace of Griffin as shoes scoring 26 points, and made everyone to start believing again. The bench was more than fantastic with Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach, saying, “That whole group, they don’t worry about misses anymore. I want them to play free, fast and aggressive” (Associated Press, 2016).
Crawford set the pace by scoring 10 points in a row before adding 16 more. J. J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan also removed doubt by adding 21 and 17 points respectively in addition to 20 rebounds for Jordan. The trio’s fantastic performance saw the Clippers improve to 53 points even without Griffins.
With 19 points and 7 assists, Chris Paul observed that “It was a collective effort, but Jamal went on a killing spree” (Associated Press, 2016). It is not clear on how long Griffins will be out, but the fans are convinced that with Crawford and his diligent colleagues, the team is in safe hands.