The Clippers looked tired early after playing the late game last night, but they have rebounded nicely in the second quarter and trail Charlotte only 31-30 at halftime.
Al Thornton continues to be one of the more impressive players in the tournament, scoring 11 points for Los Angeles in the first half. He should be one of the better players here. He is coming off a year in which he averaged 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. D.J. Augustin has seven points in the first half of his Summer League debut for Charlotte.
What is it with the Clippers fans? The team has not done much in the past, oh, 15 years, but they are by far the most passionate group in attendance this week. We highlighted “Clipper Darrell” last night, but today he is leading a group of about 50 enthusiastic fans in a variety of cheers and taunts. There are also three kids all decked out in Clippers gear with their faces painted. Imagine how fired up all these fans would be if their team was actually competitive.
On a side note, “Clipper Darrell” needs to stick to cheering on the team. He was selected to participate in a halftime shooting contest in which two fans compete against each other. He made just one of about 15 attempts and was soundly beaten. Not good!
We have also noticed something that might be disturbing to Bobcats fans. Charlotte’s second-leading scorer Gerald Wallace is here. As well as, we believe, Sean May and Raymond Felton. But Wallace is sitting about as far as humanly possible away from new head coach Larry Brown. This may mean absolutely nothing, but it’s interesting either way.