This one was over soon after it started. Two minutes into the game, the Clippers were up 7-0 and Anthony Davis had just picked up his second foul. Only once, after the Clippers attained a double digit lead, did the Pelicans manage to cut the lead to under 10 points. After a wonky Rivers And-1, New Orleans trailed by 8, 30-22. Guess L.A. took it personally because for the rest of the game, they dominated. So much so that there is really nothing else left to say.
- Before the game, Monty alluded that the kids were going to start to get more chances, specifically Jeff Withey and Austin Rivers. It ended up that group also included Darius Miller and it all came at the expense of Anthony Morrow and Al-Farouq Aminu -- 2 surprising DNP's.
- Anthony Davis isn't a superstar...yet. He didn't pick up his first point or rebound until after halftime. No doubt Davis deserved to be called for several of his personal fouls, as he whacked Blake Griffin in the head, but to notch 4 fouls in under 10 minutes of playing time? Anyways, it was nice to see Davis still going hard in the 4th quarter when the natural tendency is to pack it in.
- In 2 games, Tyreke Evans has pretty much proven he's better suited as a starter than reserve: 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 2 three's to boot. His efficiency is up and looks for team mates better. Monty has stated this is going to stick for at least awhile.
- Alexis Ajinca had the best statistical first half of any Pelican and finished the game with a solid line of 11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
- Eric Gordon and Brian Roberts combined to only make 2 of 21 field goals! That's some starting backcourt. In particular, Gordon looked as hopeless as he has in a long time. I guess I wasn't kidding myself when I stated in one of the recent recaps that I'd prefer to see Morrow starting over EG.
- Austin Rivers poured in 19 points on 7-14 shooting. He even made 4 of 5 from the line. Let's see him keep it going!
- Jeff Withey had 3 shot attempts and they all came promptly screaming back in his face. Good lesson tonight -- if you're going to come inside, come hard.
- The free throw disparity tonight was -13. The Pelicans put the Clippers into the bonus all too often: with 7:20 left in the 1st quarter and then 5:16 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Pelicans were called for 20 fouls on the night, but 9 of them came in the first 10:30 of the game. Granted, the Clippers came out with excellent aggression; however, did it have to be so lopsided so quick?
- The Pelicans attempted 22 three's on the night. Count them, SIX by Evans and FIVE by Rivers. Consequently, it shouldn't be all that surprising the team made only 3 for the game.
- The Clippers had 15 fast break points in the 1st half to our none. Their halftime lead? 15. They ended up with 20 on the night and the Pelicans a big fat 0.