The Clippers and Bucks played one that was close pretty much the whole way on Saturday night (neither side led by more nine the whole way) but when it got down to the end the Clippers could lean on Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and Milwaukee had nobody who could match that.
CP3 had nine points in the final six minutes of the game including two free throws with 1:12 left that put the Clips up two.
At that point the Bucks put the ball in Brandon Knight’s hands. For some reason. Knight missed a three pointer, then when Jared Dudley grabbed the offensive board and gave the Bucks a second chance, we got another Knight isolation set that went nowhere followed by a missed long two. Still the Bucks were going to have one more chance if they could get a stop and they forced Paul into a long two that missed, but on the switches Knight ended up having to box out Blake Griffin and, well, that didn’t end well.
Griffin gets the dagger tip in and the Clippers win their seventh in a row at home.
What was the book on Rajon Rondo as we discussed his trade to Dallas? Good defender (not what he once was, but an upgrade for Dallas), great passer who racks up assists, floor general, good rebounder for the position, struggles to shoot.
In his debut for Dallas Saturday night against a depleted Spurs team, Rondo checked off all those boxes.
He finished with six points on 3-of-11 shooting (he was 1-of-8 on uncontested looks), but he racked up nine assists, made some quality defensive plays (he picked up four charging fouls), he pulled down seven rebounds, and looked decent if still understandably feeling his way in leading the Mavericks offense.
Dallas picked up a 99-93 win thanks to 38 points from Monta Ellis, who was in attack mode getting to the rim all night and had the ball in his hands to create at the end of the game.
You can’t judge how Rondo will eventually fit with the team from just one game, there is a long road still to walk here. But you could see the potential.
After the experiences of Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries, you could totally understand why another NBA player would want to date one of the Kardashians. Those both ended so well for everyone.
Yet on Friday “news” came out Khloe Kardashian — for the uninitiated, she was the one with Lamar Odom who most recently was dating rapper French Montana — is single again and had her eyes on Portland center Robin Lopez. Because what woman doesn’t find that Sideshow Bob hair hot?
Lopez shot that down in a hysterical way on the Blazers’ official site (h/t Eye on Basketball):
“You know, I’m not exactly certain of the veracity of those rumors,” said Lopez. “But what I can comment on, I suppose, is the fabrication of that power couple by the press. Obviously they were looking for two people with a lot of influence on popular culture, on the youth, and they were looking for two movers and shakers. Frankly, I’m not surprised they came up with my name.”
And now that he’s sideline for at least the next six weeks, Lopez, a native of North Hollywood, said he’s willing to try out the glamorous, fast-paced lifestyle that surely goes hand in hand with dating a Kardashian.
“I’ve got a lot more free time for magazine shoots, guest hosting duties on TV shows and stuff,” said Lopez. “They can contact my agent if they want to. I’m also the associate video guy. That’s one of my new duties. Got a wealth of opportunities even though I’ve only got one hand right now.”
Now that’s the right attitude.
This is just not going to work out. Which may be best for Robin. I’m not sure the city of Portland would be the most welcoming place ever for the Kardashians. Slightly different sensibilities up there.