Elton Brand is one of my favorite people in the league. He is such a down-to-earth and sincere cat. Really nice guy. So he’s one of the last people I want to see something like this happen to.
Nonetheless, this is a break the Warriors need. Brand and the Clippers were on a mission to hunt down the Warriors. I was in their locker room the night the Warriors eliminated them. They couldn’t believe they were beat out for the eighth seed by the lowly Warriors. Brand, who was upset about his role and kept it all in to avoid more distraction, gave me one of those it ain’t over looks, you know, like the villain gives the good guy while the police arrest him and take him to jail.
If Mike Dunleavy is worth his weight, he would realize that Corey Maggette is a beast and Elton Brand is the focus of the offense, and the Clippers would’ve been a better team. That’s not good news for the Warriors.
Now that Brand is out until February, you can count the Clippers out. No way they survive in the West going six months without their best player – especially not with Sam Cassell (who is sure to miss 30 games) as the starting point guard. Stick a fork in the Clippers now.
That’s good news for the Warriors because that’s one less team they have to worry about.