PBT Wednesday morning one liners

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Is talking about sports better than watching it?

Is Blake Griffin more watchable than LeBron James?

Things I never thought I’d type: The Clippers have become a huge road draw. See the paragraph above for your reason.

Kevin Love had his 50th double-double of the season Monday night. The only other man with 50 before the All-Star break? George Mikan. That’s some good company.

Gregg Popovich is a classic coach — things are going well so he expects the other shoe to drop any second.

Raptors GM Brian Collangelo thinks the Raptors are poised for success. Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie hit the nail on the head as to why that thinking is flawed.

Homeland Security and the NBA are teaming up to keep All-Star Weekend safe. (Since we will be there, we think this is a good idea.)

The Nets are getting into the advanced stats game. (A lot of teams are.)

Courtney Lee would prefer not to be traded again. For the third year in a row.

Heat rookie Dexter Pittman has been in the D-League, but he’ll be out the next 5-6 weeks after knee surgery.

Center Chris Kaman could return to the Clippers Wednesday night. If he does he’ll come off the bench because DeAndre Jordan is the starter there now.

Video Breakdown: Clippers use JJ Redick in split cut to fool Jazz at 3-point line

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The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 5 to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, and find themselves down 3-2 as they head back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. The Clippers have had to deal with Utah’s formidable defense, so much so that they’ve built in counters to Jazz defenders overplaying shooters like JJ Redick.

One example of this countering method could be found in Game 3, when the Clippers ran a split cut for Redick. Instead of fighting endlessly around screens for a 3-point shot as you might expect, LA took the easy route and simply cut Redick to the basket for an easy layup as a means to take advantage of an overeager defender.

We’ve talked about the Split Cut here on NBA Playbook before. The Los Angeles Lakers used it earlier in the season to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that uses the split cut perhaps the most out of any team in the NBA.

Other teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, have adapted the Warriors’ use of the split cut as a counter for their own offense this season, which is a testament to just how useful it is.

If you need a reminder, a split cut all about a screener coming up to screen, then cutting toward the basket before his screen action fully takes place. It’s about timing, and catching defenders off guard when they go to set up their recover positions for screens.

For a full breakdown on the split cut and how the Clippers used it, watch the video above.

John Wall wears cape to postgame press conference (video)

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John Wall has been super, averaging 27 points and 11 assists while leading the Wizards to a 3-2 lead over the Hawks in the first-round.

Did you see Isaiah Thomas carry in Game 5? ‘No,’ says Fred Hoiberg, who walks off (video)

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Fred Hoiberg opened himself to clowning by complaining about Isaiah Thomas carrying.

So, the Bulls coach got clowned after the Celtics’ Game 5 win.

Jae Crowder leg-locks Robin Lopez (video)

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Late in the Celtics’ Game 5 win over the Bulls last night, Jae Crowder leg-locked Robin Lopez – the same dirty play that caused rancor for Matthew Dellavedova in the 2015 playoffs.

Lopez blocked Crowder’s shot, but the ball went to Al Horford, who attacked the basket. As Lopez tried to rotate to contest another shot, he couldn’t move. Crowder, who’d fallen to the floor, had him in a leg-lock. Lopez freed himself just in time to foul Horford.

Adding insult to avoided injury, Lopez got hit with a technical foul for complaining about the no-call.

I bet the league issues a technical foul on Crowder, too.