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NBA MIDSEASON REPORT CARD
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Los Angeles

Clippers

Pacific

Team Rating
OffenseDefense
101.9109.6
30th Overall17th Overall
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Statistics through 1/25/09

W

10

L

33

PCT

.233

GB

25.0

CONF

7-24

DIV

0-9

HOME

5-18

ROAD

5-15

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Marcus Camby (13.8 reb, 2.6 blk) has been great when he's played, but he's missed too much time with injuries ... The same can be said for Chris Kaman and Zach Randolph.

c-

BckCourt
The Davises (Baron and Ricky) have been abhorrent ... You know things aren't looking bright when you're starting two Knicks castaways in Mardy Collins and Fred Jones.

d

Defense
The number of points allowed per game would be even higher if it wasn't for the Clippers' opponents leading by so much that they're resting their starters by the fourth quarter.

d

Bench
Because of injury woes, just about every bench player has had a start at some point ... Steve Novak (44.7 3-pt pct) has produced when given an opportunity.

f

Coaching
Mike Dunleavy's success (or lack thereof) on the court is intimately intertwined to his success off of it as the team's general manager. He hasn't done either job well.

f

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f

Summary

It's been a disaster of a season for a Clippers team that had many people, during the preseason, believing that they could contend for a low-rung playoff spot. L.A. has lost every which way it can, dropping 17 games by a margin of 10 points or more and going just 2-8 in games decided by five points or less.

The only silver lining has been the play of the team's last two first-round draft picks, Al Thornton (17.4 pts, 5.3 reb) and Eric Gordon (13.7 pts). Injuries have been the main culprit -- Dunleavy still hasn't had the frontline of Kaman, Camby and Randolph all healthy at the same time -- but Baron Davis bristling at the system hasn't helped either.

Give Dunleavy some credit for making cost-cutting moves to get under the luxury tax threshold in a lost season, but when that's your only positive, that says it all. -- Dave McMenamin

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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