LA Clippers - Charlotte Bobcats Observations

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 22, 2014 

•  Blake Griffin, arguably the most emphatic dunker in the NBA, got a running start at the rim in the first half Wednesday. Anticipating the worst of posterizations, the Bobcats cleared a path for the inevitable.

•  Clippers coach Doc Rivers was Bobcats center Al Jefferson’s first NBA coach in Boston. I mentioned to Doc pre-game that Al tied a career-high seven assists Monday, and asked how much Al improved as a passer since his Celtics days.

Doc smirked and replied, “He could only go up.”

•  Rivers is starting Matt Barnes these days at small forward, instead of ex-Bobcat Jared Dudley. I always thought Dudley would be most useful as a sixth man because he can play three positions.

•  Former Wake Forest star Chris Paul is still out with a separated shoulder while the Clippers are on this six-game road trip (they had to vacate Staples Center for the Grammys presentation). Rivers told Paul he should feel free to stay back in Los Angeles. Paul said he didn’t want to be away from his teammates that long.

•  Charlottean Antawn Jamison switched from the Lakers last season to the Clippers this season. The Clippers expressed interest in Jamison early enough last summer that he was able to just renew his lease and never have to find another place in L.A.

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