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Sunday, April 02, 2006 

ARCO AGAIN A CLIPPER CRIME SCENE

"I don't understand how players could show up for a big game and play flat." -- Bob Miller, voice of the Los Angeles Kings

It didn't take the Sacramento Kings long to bend the Clippers over and gang-rape them before an appreciative audience at Arco Arena, where the Clippers completed a decade of futility with a flat 106-96 loss in which they led for a grand total of 17 seconds. As in their nationally televised loss at Phoenix, the Clippers lost the game within moments of tip-off. Sacramento scored the first nine points in 2:32 and the Clippers never really recovered.

After the L.A. Kings went 0-3 on their recent road trip through Western Canada, I referred to the team as "gutless, pathetic pukes." The Clippers are not in the same dire straits, but if anything they have more to play for: not merely a playoff spot but seeding and possible home-court advantage. I'm frankly sick and tired of getting hyped up for big games against good teams and seeing the Clippers not even show up. Perhaps no 42-30 team has ever had fewer big wins.

And let's talk about the road. The Clippers own a perfectly respectable 17-19 road record (the Rockets are a half-game better at 17-18), but how many playoff teams have they beaten? They won "at" the Lakers Nov. 18 and at Denver Jan. 27. Against Eastern Conference playoff teams, their only road wins came Nov. 9 at Washington and at Milwaukee Mar. 11. I keep hearing that the Clippers "can scare some people in the playoffs." WHO??? With that calibre of play on the road, they'd be lucky to win two games.

Tonight, the Clippers stank up Cowtown like no rendering plant ever could. They shot a low 42.4% from the field while their much-ballyhooed defense allowed the Kings to make almost half their attempts at 48.8%. But you can overcome poor shooting; you can't overcome turnovers, and the Clippers turned the ball over an obscene 22 times.

We Jews sometimes use the term "shonda for the goyim" or "shonda for the neighbors." It refers to a source of extreme embarrassment and shame that others have witnessed and can hold over our heads. For the Clippers to come in well rested after a very light week and put up such a performance in such a game is indeed a shonda. To go over 10 years and 16 games without winning in Sacramento -- well, if Yuta Tabuse were still on the team, he might commit suicide rather than live with the disgrace.

A look at the Western Conference standings shows the Clippers in fifth, one game ahead of the sixth-place Grizzlies, two ahead of the third-place Nuggets, and now just 3-1/2 ahead of the seventh-place Lakers. You may not like it -- I don't -- but the gross disparity between the Clippers' remaining schedule and those of the Grizzlies and Lakers makes both teams very much a part of the conversation about the sixth or even the fifth seed. Consider that of the Clippers' final eight opponents, only Portland and Seattle own worse records than the Kings; tonight's was actually one of the "easy" games.

The Clippers will return to action two nights from now against Denver at Staples Center in a game that could determine home-court advantage if the teams finish in the 3 and 6 spots. But the Nugz squad that comes to town Tuesday will bear little resemblance to the team the Clippers waxed on back-to-back nights in late January. Fresh off a humiliating loss at Dallas today, they'll have all the motivation in the world to make the game an absolute war.

After the L.A. Kings' 5-0 home loss to Colorado, Bob Miller said, "I don't like the [team's] attitude. I don't like their body language." I'm starting to feel the same way. Any longtime Clipper fan knows to enjoy each and every win, but you can only take so much satisfaction in beating up on the Blazers and Bobcats and Hawks of the world when you go to Phoenix and Memphis and Sacramento and trip all over yourself.

The playoffs are weeks away. This is the time of year when good teams -- serious teams -- start rolling, while Matt Pinto described the Clippers tonight as appearing to be in "complete disarray." Band Aid sang, "Do they know it's Christmas?" My question is, do the Clippers know it's April?

Click on Clipper Talk and join the discussion. -- Jordan

Now I realize why no one ever posts a comment.....you pretty much cover everything there is to say in yours!

I am feeling the same way...

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