The Los Angeles Clippers picked up a big time win against a big time opponent last night, as they took down the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 108-78. This is the kind of win that can completely change a season and really set the Clippers up with some good momentum heading into the home stretch.
The Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kyle Korver in this game, but that does not take away from the fact that the Clips won by 30 points against the Cavs’ second unit. Cleveland is a very deep team with a lot of good veterans on the bench. If the Clippers won this game by five points or so I would not be saying that they can build off of this, but they won by 30, which is no small feat. This means that the offense is clicking and everyone was talking on defense to make sure everyone played as one cohesive unit.
What impressed me the most is the play of DeAndre Jordan. DeAndre only took five field goal attempts in last night’s game, but he put up 13 points. This means he was effective when at the line and was not forcing up any shots. Jordan also snagged 17 rebounds against the likes of Tristan Thompson, who is one of the top rebounders in the league.
This game should mean a lot to Doc Rivers and his team. They scored plenty and most importantly played some amazing defense. The Clippers now sit two games behind the Utah Jazz for fourth in the conference, and with 12 games left closing the gap is certainly attainable. Overtaking them for fourth will give them home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, which would be a major boost for a Clippers team that tends to fall flat in the postseason.