Dunk Porn: Bulls Walking Into Alley-Oop'ing Nine-Game Clippers Home Win Streak (Video)

Dunk Porn: Bulls Walking Into Alley-Oop'ing Nine-Game Clippers Home Win Streak (Video)

The Bulls face the hottest basketball team at the Staples Center, who beat the Bulls at the UC, coached by a former Bulls coach, riding a nine-game winning streak at home... and it's not the Lakers.

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The Clippers (19-28) were 5-21 when they rolled into the United Center last December, they walked out with a 100-99 win. Wednesday, the Bulls (33-14) face the Clippers at the Staples Center in the midst of their nine-game winning streak.

Monday, the Clippers beat the Bucks (19-27) 105-98 to extend the streak without leading scorer Eric Gordon, thanks largely to Blake Griffin's 32 points -- 19 in the first half -- and 11 rebounds for the 39th double-double of the rookie's season:

DeAndre Jordan will dunk on you, too:

Of course, without Gordon, the Clippers are lacking. Gordon recently went down with a wrist injury in the middle of his breakthrough third season -- 21.1 PER, 24.1 PPG, .587 TS%. (Basketball-Reference)

Randy Foye's replaced Gordon in the starting lineup and he's terrible -- 10.1 PER, .359 FG%, .295 3P%. That said, he dropped 20 on a great Bucks defense, Monday, and I guess he's learning to do this with Griffin:

Baron Davis is slightly less of an embarrassment to The Association this season. He still thinks he has he ability to shoot threes -- 15th all-time in attempts (3,945), while 29th in threes made (1,255) for a career 3P% of .318 -- and it hasn't gotten better. He's only taking 3.3 attempts per game this season -- as opposed to 5.1 over his career -- but he's shooting under his already abysmal career percentage. (Wait for it!)

B-Diddy is hitting a whopping 27.3% of those threes. Actually all of his numbers are down, including his minutes, but his Assist Rate is up to 40.5%. The end is near, but watching games, it's quite noticeable that he's making less mistakes and being less lazy with Blake on the floor. I'd go so far as to say he's enjoying himself again on the court, but there's still enough stupidity in his game to lose it for the Clippers. There was enough skill left to drop 16 points with seven assists and only one turnover against the Bulls in December, though. (Basketball-Reference)

The Clippers are still coached -- if you can call that "coaching" -- by Vinny Del Negro. Expect to see a lot of extremely simple pick n' rolls after Clippers timeouts; basically, plays he could easily call from the bench without wasting a timeout. You'll see Jordan not getting the ball enough down low and nothing drawn up to defeat help on Griffin.

But, Griffin is damn good. He isn't just running away with Rookie of the Year, but he's having an All-Star season -- 23.1 PER, 21.9 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 3.6 APG, .518 FG%. Only Elgin Baylor in 1958-59 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1969-70 have had 21+ PPG, 12+ RPG, 3.5+ APG rookie seasons in the history of the NBA.

In January, Griffin averaged 26.0 PPG and 13.4 RPG in January, making him only the fourth rookie to score 25+ PPG with 10+ RPG in a calendar month. Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal did it twice in their rookie seasons and Alonzo Mourning once. That's also very good company. (ESPN)

Griffin is only shooting 62% at the FT line, but it's gotten much better as of late. He's shot 67% over the last 22 games, hitting 141-of-211 attempts, averaging a huge 9.6 attempts per game. That's compared to shooting 57%, hitting only 109-of-192 attempts in his first 25 games of the season. The Clippers are 14-8 over this recent 22-game span -- 11-3 at home.

The book was telling everyone to hack Blake because he can't shoot. The FTs are getting better, but he still doesn't shoot well. His percentage at the rim is an unstoppable 69%, but only 31.4% at 10-15 feet from the basket and 32% at 16-23 feet from the basket. That said, Blake's a post-up machine who passes so well, he can re-post at will, and only about 22% of his shot attempts are more than 10 feet from the basket. When you figure his 8.7 FTAs per game, mostly getting fouled at the rim, that shot selection rate is much better.

This nine-game win streak at the Staples Center has raised the Red Team's W-L record to 16-13 at home, while the Bulls are only 10-10 on the road. When the two teams met in December, it was the Bulls' first game without Joakim Noah and they're 17-5 in the 22 games since.

I've watched too many Clippers game before bed to tell anyone that Blake is The Truth and he can take over any game against any defender -- unless that defender gets very physical with him. My biggest knock on Blake isn't his shooting, but that he's still too nice a guy for the violent type of style he plays, and he can get pushed around. Calling Big Sexy!

I stopped doing game previews a while ago. The Bulls road horrors and the Clips' streak sparked this. I'll be doing previews sparingly, but more as the playoffs approach and very detailed previews for playoff series'.

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  • This reminds me of the recent Orlando game, where Howard had one of his best games ever but the Bulls won. Blake may go off, but make sure no one else does. The problem is that the game is on the road, where our supporting cast seems to struggle and theirs seems to thrive.

  • In reply to TimS:

    Great point. The Bulls have been very good at not letting second-third options and sixth men beat them. But they've also been bad at that and it's almost always the difference between a win and a loss -- D.J. Augustin, Baron Davis, Shannon Brown, Tim Duncan, Danilo Gallinari, Sasha F'N Vujacic, Louis Williams, Nene.

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