Too often in college football’s BCS circus we annoint teams before they’re ready, and it takes a loss to remind us all that no one is ever as good as they seem when they’re undefeated. Then there are teams like Oregon and Kansas State, failing to set the table before trying to dive in and immediately stuff their faces. That’s essentially the Clippers right now. They couldn’t handle a few weeks of ass kissing and lost again last night, this time by 11 in Atlanta. The Clippers’ East Coast funk continued for most of the first half, and they even missed nine straight shots at one point in the second quarter. Chris Paul (19 points, seven steals) had two consecutive isolations on Zaza Pachulia (19 points, 12 boards), and his flat-footed jumpers were pretty ugly. Defensively, they weren’t giving enough effort. Combine those things with zero off-the-ball offensive movement, and they really looked like someone had fed them a four-course Thanksgiving meal just before tipoff. No one wanted to move. They were all looking at everyone else to pass the remote … Early in the first quarter, Blake Griffin (22 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and about 67 percent more effort than everyone else with L.A.) pump-faked and went baseline, cramming a reverse dunk on Zaza’s head in one of those instances where the defender tries to go up and contest the shot, but can’t because he just got a mouthful of basketball in his face … And Eric Bledsoe added his own impressive highlight, going up and over Josh Smith on a putback slam … It’s fitting that the new Bobcats (the Wizards) extended their horrendous season by losing their 11th straight game to start the year, this time at home to Charlotte in double-overtime, 108-106. Ramon Sessions dropped 21 points off the pine, but again, it was Byron Mullens driving in the dagger with five more triples and a season-high 27 points … In other stat lines from last night: despite DeMarcus Cousins losing his cool again and getting tossed earlier in the night, Tyreke Evans (27 points, five boards, five dimes) erupted for his fourth-straight solid game after a slow start this year in Sacramento’s 108-97 win over Utah; Chicago got 22 and 19 from Carlos Boozer in their 93-86 W in Milwaukee; while Golden State took down Minnesota by 11 as Klay Thompson led everyone with 24 points … Harrison Barnes had the single best play of the night when he caught a backdoor pass in the lane and turned the grizzled Nikola Pekovic into a teddy bear … And in some college recruiting news, Jabari Parker was scheduled to get a VERY “in your face” welcome upon attending the BYU-Cal State Northridge game last night. BYU fans donated money to create 6,300 t-shirts with the phrase “Chicago to Provo,” framing images of Chicago’s skyline and Provo’s Mount Timpanogos in a direct play off Parker’s CHI-town roots. They were hoping to flood the game’s crowd in an attempt to get the 6-8 Parker to buck conventional wisdom and declare for BYU. Clever, but in this day and age, we’re not sure t-shirts – even customized ones – excite kids the way they used to … We’re out like Lane Kiffin‘s play calling.
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