Can a bench be benched?
Dying to add some punch to
But in a four-day February span, the Clippers might have found what they were seeking:
The Clippers finally had a more versatile bench, something they'd need beyond
Surprisingly, though, the reserves were a somber unit in the Clippers' playoff opener, fumbling around just like the starters in an unexpected home loss to the
Game 2 was different. Collison had 12 points and 10 assists Monday. Granger made three three-pointers. Crawford shrugged off a ragged Game 1 (two-for-11 shooting) for nine points, three assists and three steals in 18 minutes.
"Our bench won that game," Clippers Coach
The Clippers had never scored so many points in a playoff game or won by such a large margin, 138-98, setting four other team playoff records as well — most assists, steals, three-pointers and best free-throw percentage.
Rivers was particularly enamored of Crawford.
"My star of the game was Jamal defensively. 'Jamal' and 'defensively'…I didn't even know those two things would ever be said," Rivers said.
Rivers also talked about
"Turk was the go-to guy at times," Rivers said.
Turkoglu has plenty of playoff experience (95 games so far), thanks a slew of early-career playoff games with Sacramento and a 2009 trip to the
"There was different times throughout the season [where] Turk has had some unbelievable practices," Griffin said. "Three, four tough shots in a row and just hitting shots on guys. Danny's had good games. We know they can help us. We know what they have and what they can offer."
Davis, 28, also comes with playoff experience, playing for Rivers and the
The guy called "Big Baby" might have the best advice. It could work for the Clippers' bench and their starters.
"One thing on that '08 team, everybody embraced their role," he said. "Nobody stepped outside of their role and they did the necessary things to win ballgames. That's what we have to do."