Mo Mo Mo
As the Clippers look for their 5th straight season with 50 plus victories there is no more looking back, no matter how often clueless fans want to remind Clippers fans of their sordid past.
Like the Dodgers, the Clippers will be hoping to extend their postseason in 2017 beyond the 1st or 2nd round. Part of the optimism is the natural growth of the core unit and the improved second unit. A unit made much stronger with the addition of Marreese Speights.
Two of the Clippers biggest rivals during their renaissance have been the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors and the one thing they had in common was the same thorn, and his name was Mo Speights.
Some players just annoy the hell out of you when you play against them, and Mo Speights was one such player. He always seemed to get the clutch baskets and for a second unit player, had way too much impact for my liking. I was always saying to myself, “damn I wish he was on my team”
And now he is the same thorn but instead of hurting the Clippers he’s causing the other teams to bleed. Last night was just another example as he popped three, three-point shots along with the key fourth quarter offensive rebound that helped the Clippers come back from a 19 point deficit to defeat the hot Bulls.
Speights scored 11 of his season-high 16 points in the fourth for the Clippers, whose only two losses have come at home to Oklahoma City and Memphis.
Speights’ biggest assist came with 49 seconds left. Jamal Crawford missed a 3-pointer and Speights got the rebound. He fed Crawford for a driving reverse layup that restored the Clippers’ lead to five points.
The Clippers are now 12 – 2 with the best record in the NBA even though they have played one of the toughest schedules in the NBA. They are now 8 – 0 in four back to back games winning all of the 1st and 2nd games.