Fueled by mistrust

You always know where radio guy Matt Pinto’s loyalties lie, but I don’t know if I’d go this far:

Then again, when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were Clippers — but never mind, let’s not go there. And besides, how can you hate a guy named Sindarius Thornwell? Okay, Thornwell is more of a defensive specialist, and what the Clips needed tonight were points from people other than Austin Rivers and Tobias Harris. (I always figure Lou Williams for 40 or so; he had a mere 18 tonight.) And the Thunder rolled up plenty of points on the way to a 121-113 win over the Angelenos and a 3-0 sweep of the season series.

The OKC Big Three were about as big as they needed today, but no bigger. (Yeah, Westbrook got a triple-double: 16-10-11.) Tonight, it was new guy’s Corey Brewer’s time to shine; CB had a season-high 22 points and no fewer than six steals. And yet Brewer was somehow minus-four for the evening; meanwhile, the new new guys, Terrance Ferguson and Patrick Patterson, racked up plus-twelves. The Clips controlled the boards, though, 48-46, with almost half of them reeled in by DeAndre Jordan. Does this offset Steven Adams’ 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks? Maybe we can ask Matt Pinto.

And now things get hairier. Sunday afternoon, it’s off to see the Raptors; Tuesday night, over to Boston. The two of them combined have won over 100 games.

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