Primarily, I’d like to say congratulations to Randy Foye and the Denver Nuggets, because they came out on top against the Los Angeles Clippers last night (116-115) in what has been one of the five most exciting games of the year for the entire league. Randy Foye hit an outrageously deep three as the buzzer sounded to lift the hometown Nuggets to victory. For the Clippers, the complete game which they played was good enough to beat the Nuggets in the Pepsi Center, a place the Clippers have won twice in the last three seasons.
Let’s get this out of the way, with under a minute left a terrible foul call was made on DeAndre Jordan who apparently fouled Wilson Chandler but the replay clearly showed Jordan did not make any contact that deemed worthy of a foul. As Clips color analyst put it “Jordan could not have played better defense.” If that foul call was made, it changes the complexion of the last three minutes and the Clippers have the ball back with a one point lead. But, sports are the ultimate “what if?” and the Clippers responded to the adversity brilliantly.
Down one on their final possession, JJ Reddick made a light push pass to Matt Barnes who knocked down a huge jumper with six seconds left to put the Clippers up 2. At that point, the Clippers one goal was to not give up an easy shot, which in the end of the day they didn’t. Watching the Nuggets final possession once again, it is clear the Clippers played it perfectly and it just turns out Randy Foye hit a desperation three which was defended so well he ended up on his back near the half court line because that was the only angle he could take to get the heave up.
Defensively they weren’t perfect the entire day, but Blake Griffin had 36 and 11, DeAndre Jordan had 19 and 12, and Matt Barnes had 10 points 5 assists and 4 rebounds, solidifying himself in the starting rotation for a struggling Jared Dudley, Considering the Miami Heat are next on the docket, it’s an advantage the Clippers had a game like last night with positive momentum, but an outcome that is motivating. Many teams would consider this an inflating loss, but not this Doc Rivers coached team. They will be looking to come out in front of a sold out Staples Center and put on a show against King James and the reigning Miami Heat.