Clippers radio play-by-play voice Brian Sieman joined us for a few minutes prior to Friday evening’s game to give us a “State of the Clippers” of sorts.
Some of his finer points:
- The Clippers will play through the unfortunate Blake Griffin news, and it shouldn’t affect the team mentally: “Blake hasn’t been here since the preseason and they’ve won against Boston and the Lakers without him. It would be another thing if it were Chris Kaman (20.4 pts, 9.4 reb) to go down for an extended period.”
- Speaking of Kaman … Sieman said that his recent back strain is a “question mark.” He may well start tonight, though Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said that Kaman was “doubtful” for the game. Sieman thinks it will be tough for the Clips to run with L.A. without their starting center. The problem isn’t considered serious and has no relation to any of the center’s previous ailments.
- Baron Davis (16.6 pts, 8.1 ast.) is “locked in,” said Sieman. “He’s not shooting the ball particularly well, but his energy, his focus, his leadership – I think he has player’s ears, which I’m not sure he had last year.” Sieman added that Davis appears to be improving with his burst on a game-by-game basis, though he isn’t quite there yet according to the Clippers’ coaching staff.
- Craig Smith (5.9 pts, 3.1 reb), who killed the Lakers in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the Clippers, is according to Sieman still figuring out how to fit in to a new team (he came over from Minnesota last season), but the bottom line is he knows how to score the basketball and seems to have made a breakthrough in the past few weeks.
- Sieman acknowledged that the Clippers realize the Lakers are a wholly different team with Pau Gasol in the lineup.