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Vinny Del Negro told Doris Burke before the fourth quarter that he would limit Blake Griffin’s minutes and he wasn’t kidding. Griffin didn’t get in until 5 minutes and change. I don’t think Chris Paul made it until 7 something.
It wouldn’t have been so bad if he got them both back in right about the time the bench started blowing the 8 point lead they built but Vinny just kept letting the lead evaporate and Chris Paul didn’t get back in until the Grizzlies had all the momentum and were completely back in the game.
What in the hell is Vinny Del Negro conserving minutes for? The season is over if they don’t win. There is no tomorrow. And from what I saw Blake didn’t look that bad off. Paul was definitely not himself but so what? They’re still your best players and you play them in crucial playoff games. If you’re going into preseason minute conservation mode in the fourth quarter of a must win playoff game, then you’re just ass backwards.
I read an article from Bill Simmons, Grantland.com, stating the only reason the Clippers got Vinny was because he was half price (another team footed the bill on the other half). Donald Sterling needs to not fuck up a great thing here and get a real coach that this team respects.
The Clippers don’t respect Vinny Del Negro – at all. You can tell they don’t. They don’t like Del Negro. They don’t listen to Del Negro. And they think Del Negro is stupid. Kenyon Martin was irate at his late game timeout in Game 5. Tonight, as Griffin got called back to the bench, he walked past Vinny in a way that just looked like utter disdain for his head coach.
The Clippers were so down on themselves for blowing the lead and the game, they stopped trying at the end and they actually still had a chance since they got a late three to pull them within two. Lack of focus is yet another sign of poor coaching. The Clippers were caught completely off guard by the three point make and didn’t even get to foul on the inbounds pass.
I don’t think Vinny Del Negro has a fucking clue what he’s doing over there. The Clippers plays are basically give the ball to Chris Paul or Blake Griffin and hope for the best.
To make things worse, Vinny took credit for the Game 1 comeback despite the fact he already gave up on the game.
Whether or not the Clippers somehow slay Memphis, Vinny’s fired.
Playoff Basketball on Why Vinny Del Negro Needs to Be Fired
I could listen to Dick Stockton and Chris Webber call every basketball game for the rest of my life. These guys are an amazing 1-2 punch. They have a great chemistry together and I think it’s because they both appreciate one another. There’s no animosity. There’s no tension. There’s no ego problems. They’re perfect.
Dick Stockton and C-Webb on TNT are also exciting. In game 1, Dick Stockton electrified the game with his call of Nick Young’s second consecutive three: “Nick Young again – He’s got it again!” (see YouTube clip below at 1:58 mark). You can’t hear it on the clip but I remember Chris Webber’s color commentary where he said “same bat channel, same bat time” in describing the second three.
There’s so much friction between play by play and color guys but not these two. I hope they’re on as many games as possible because they’re fantastic. Also wanted to throw in here that not only does Dick Stockton has a great voice for calling games but Chris Webber also has a great voice. Easy listening.
Chris Webber Commentary
Fantastic insight into what players are thinking. Deep knowledge of the game. Smooth delivery. Can tell he loves calling the game and is very involved in the game. Seamless transitions into his spots. Bonus points for taking over when Stockton was under the weather.
Dick Stockton Play by Play
Knows the game inside and out. Calibrates voice and tone exactly as the play dictates. Sets up Webber beautifully. Also can tell he loves calling the games. A true pro. Battled through basically not being able to talk through a whole broadcast.
The best broadcast combo in basketball have outdone themselves with the most exciting playoff series of the first round. Here’s hoping they call many more games in the second round – I want them to continue on with the winner of Clippers/Grizz vs. Spurs.
I actually get distracted watching the games because I start thinking to myself how awesome these two are together.
Honorable mention goes to ABC’s Doris Burke. I really like Burke because she does her homework and is prepared for the games. It shows in the broadcast. She’s very knowledgeable and great to listen to. Great voice.
Thank You Doris Burke, Dick Stockton, and Chris Webber.
Playoff Basketball on the Best Broadcast Play by Play and Color in Sports and Basketball
After the Clippers Game 1 victory, Chris Paul said he begged coach Vinny Del Negro to put him back in the game in the fourth quarter and not give up despite a deficit 21 points. However, Vinny Del Negro’s post game interview (at least the clips we see below) make it seem as if Del Negro joins in in taking credit for the comeback, referencing “we” many times. Remember, Paul said he had to beg Del Negro not to give up.
Perhaps a certain coach should have backed off the we’s when talking about the miraculous comeback and deferred to the players. I’ll take it a step further and say that next time Vinny needs to admit he gave up on the game.
Listen to the snippets below and tell me whether that sounds like a guy who waived the white flag. I don’t think it does. I think it sounds like Vinny D. is jumping on the comeback bandwagon.