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10 Los Angeles Clippers
Jack McCallum
October 29, 2007
A streaky guard becomes the key to the playoff hopes of a banged-up club
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October 29, 2007

10 Los Angeles Clippers

A streaky guard becomes the key to the playoff hopes of a banged-up club

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RPG: 7.8

APG: 1.1

SPG: 0.55

BPG: 1.55

FG%: 45.1

FT%: 74.1


KEY BENCH PLAYERS: F Tim Thomas, G Quinton Ross, G Brevin Knight*, F-G Ruben Patterson*, F Josh Powell* *New acquisition (R) Rookie (college statistics)

Record: 40-42 (9th in West) Points scored: 95.6 (23rd in NBA) Points allowed: 96.1 (9th) Coach: Mike Dunleavy (fifth season with Clippers)


Up, down, let's-keep-him, nah-let's-sell-him-- Corey Maggette over the last few seasons has fluctuated like most stocks. For now the 6' 6" swingman's value is up again. With franchise player Elton Brand on the shelf until at least midseason after Achilles surgery, 37-year-old Sam Cassell an up-and-down risk himself, and point-guard-of-the-future Shaun Livingston still trying to come back from a serious knee injury, the Clippers will need a mega-Maggette if they are to get back to the playoffs, which they missed last year. "It's a mind-set to just dominate whenever I can," Maggette says. "We need that."

A scoring mind-set was never the problem for Maggette. He had it in the 2003-04 and '04-05 seasons, when he averaged 20.7 and 22.2 points per game, respectively. And though his scoring receded last season (16.9 average), his eye for the basket never wavered. Whenever coach Mike Dunleavy was upset at the offense over the last two years, the finger was usually pointed at Maggette for taking bad shots and not moving the ball. Consequently, Maggette has been dogged by trade rumors.

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