After compiling some promising offensive numbers over their first three games, the Clippers turned in a lackluster performance in the second half Saturday night. In 41 possessions after halftime, the Clippers scored an infinitesimal 29 points — a 70.7 offensive efficiency rating that would make even the Charlotte Bobcats blush.
It’s a shame because the Clips put together a reasonably good defensive effort against a strong Mavericks team, holding them to 93 points in 97 possessions. Pair that defensive performance with the offensive outputs against Phoenix or Utah and the Clips would’ve walked out of Staples Center with an easy W.
So what happened?
In short, old habits die hard.
That crisp ball movement, nice-looking interior passing and smart spacing the Clips have displayed most of the week? Little of that was present during the second half. Instead, the Clippers relied on quick jumpers and stagnated in predictable half-court sets that the Mavs’ pick-and-roll defense sniffed out with ease.
Here’s a look inside that barren stretch of possessions that put the Clips down 10.