On December 27, 2014, I posted “Clippers to Face Over-Achieving Raptors This Afternoon” in which I gave my opinion about the Toronto Raptors. I described how it was my opinion that, despite their outstanding 23-7 record, they were an extremely over-rated team, with scant real talent, and a record built up through wins against the rest of the awful NBA Eastern Conference. While the significantly more talented and better coached Clippers lost that day’s game to Toronto, I did then and continue to stand by my opinions, despite being totally flamed and insulted, here and in an espn.com conversation, by a slew of Toronto fans who could not accept the truth.
After that game, Toronto had a record of 23-7. Since then, however, they have gone 10-10, and only two of their wins have been against teams with winning records, and their ten wins are against teams with a combined record of 180-262. Conversely the Clippers, who the Toronto flamers dismissed as irrelevant and inferior and who were 20-11 after the game, have compiled a 13-6 record since, including seven of their last nine, despite a bad loss last night against Cleveland, in which incompetent referees let their personal feelings rule over fairness and integrity, as five, count them FIVE technical fouls were assessed against Los Angeles..
Well, tonight the Clippers and Raptors have a rematch, in Toronto, and the Clippers should win the game, but even if they don’t they are still the better team, Period. In December, I lamented in various comments, that contrary to the misstatements made by some of the flamers, I had not picked the Clippers to win the NBA Finals, due in large part to their lightweight bench. Since then the team made a few changes in their reserve corps, but most were not improvements.
Trading for Austin Rivers and releasing Jordan Farmar was not a good move overall, despite Rivers’ excellent play since his acquisition. But they should have retained Farmar, who is a far better guard, at either the one or two, than the other new guard they acquired, Dahntay Jones. This has become especially important with J.J. Redick suffering an injury, and super-sub Jamal Crawford now starting at shooting guard in his place. The team’s only other shooting guard, C.J. Wilcox, the 28th pick in the last draft, has played little and shown less. In last night’s game he garnered more court time than ever before, and hit one-of-five three-point shots.
Tonight’s rematch could well be a release for the Clippers who were outplayed last night, both by the Cavaliers and by the referees.