Scouts Inc.: Nuggets vs. Clippers Game 2

Updated: April 24, 2006, 3:03 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
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Clippers Offense: The Clippers started Game 1 with a high volume of Elton Brand. Brand scored 12 of his 21 points in the first quarter. Brand's inside presence got L.A. off to a quick start, and then allowed them to develop a nice mix of inside-out basketball with Sam Cassell, Cuttino Mobley and in the second half Chris Kaman. Kaman, who finished with 15 points (11 in the second half), was extremely efficient in the paint. I am sure Mike Dunleavy would like to look at the stat sheet on Monday night and see the same balance.

The Clippers have to stay away from the scoreless droughts they had in Game 1. They went scoreless for 6:31 in the third and fourth quarter Saturday night and it almost cost them. Dunleavy might have to be careful and not have Cassell and Mobley on the bench at the same time. Each of these guys can create his own shot when things get bogged down. In addition, the younger Clippers need to understand who should have the ball and be taking the shots down the stretch. The Clippers were ahead 87-77 with 4:09 left in the game. They went scoreless again for three minutes. During this time Quintin Ross had two turnovers, and a missed jumper. What in the world is he even doing touching the ball down the stretch. I know Cassell and Dunleavy will get that ironed out before Game 2.

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.