In the span that Milsap was in, Milsap got manhandled by Blake Griffin at minimum 3 times on defense when he was isolated against Griffin and Sap had nothing against Griffin offensively other than one move. Sap didn't want to draw a 3rd foul and it was terrible to watch. We're talking about defense worse than Big Al and Boozer combined here.
I think it is safe to say that while Al played well in most of his minutes, he was mishandled a handful of times. That's all it takes.
I haven't seen as many games as I'd like to have seen, but Al has been used better this year. But, as tonight's game clearly demonstrates, the devil is in the mother-****ing details. It's ****ty when, as Joe Fan, i see these details all too clearly.
It's guaranteed tomorrow Locke will say cliche crap like Griffin, Paul, and Billups made big shots down the stretch while we don't have "that star", or experience, or whatever.
What tonight proved more than anything is we don't have a half court offense we can depend on. We can get by with the break and offensive rebounding, but until we have a real half court offense we'll never win games like this, and we especially won't win in the playoffs.
On the positive side, Mo looked like a real PG tonight. I'm tempted to say it was because we played the Clippers, but I'd like to think he found something.
Offense actually looked great in the 1st quarter, although the success was not in the half court so much as tempo. We kept the Clippers scrambling moving the ball quickly or resetting effectively with the PnR. But in the late 3rd, the Clips manned up. That was when we needed a real half court offense which of course we don't have.
On the lighter side, Evans 17 foot jumper in the 2nd brought a huge smile to my face. Despite some defensive lapses, he played well.