Lob City is here to stay
Los Angeles– Once Doc Rivers became head coach, star Power Forward Blake Griffin told ESPN’s Shelley Smith “Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done,” We’re moving on and we’re going to find our identity during training camp, and that will be our new city. No more Lob City.”
While Griffin made this statement earlier in the off-season, it appears that there are just some things that just won’t leave, and in this case it’s a good thing. Last night against the Golden State Warriors the Los Angeles Clippers brought back “Lob City” in just the second game of the year. With 5:03 left in the 3rd quarter the building erupted with the first of three consecutive alley-oop passes from Chris Paul to Blake Griffin. In a span of just 32 game seconds the Clippers executed 3 consecutive alley-oop passes; While forcing the Warriors into having 3 consecutive turnovers.
The 3 straight alley-oops in that span of 32 seconds were the only oops delivered by a team with a nickname of “Lob City”, but they did exactly what the team needed them to do. It got the crowd extremely involved, it made the lead go from 82-70 to 88-70. Besides the excitement of that; The main story from last night’s game is the play of superstar Point Guard Chris Paul. Paul finished the game with 42 points, 15 assists, 6 steals and even grabbed 2 rebounds; The 42 points Paul scored last night was just one shy of his career high. Paul is the first player in NBA history to record at least 40 points, 15 assists, and 5 steals since the league began recording steals in the 1973-74 season. Along with the amazing night Paul had, reigning sixth man of the year Jamal Crawford added 17 points off the bench.
Everything last night was flying right for the Clippers and not so well for one Golden State Warrior in particular, Klay Thompson. After his opening night game of 38 points, 15-19 from the field and 5-7 from behind the arc. The Clippers defense kept him rattled all night long. Thompson ended up with just a mere 10 points on 3-7 shooting. To make matters even worse Thompson had the worse plus/minus out of every player that entered the game last night at -13.
Last night marked only the second game of both the Warriors and Clippers season; Which gives both fans hope and excitement for both teams.