It’s playoff time and that means even more Clipper coverage than we’re used to seeing. Here’s a look at some of the better pieces from over the weekend:
- Eric Bledsoe is breaking out in the playoffs. Arash Markazi has the story.
- Is that enough Eric Bledsoe for you? Because Ben Bolch has more at the L.A. Times.
- Over at Hickory High, Ian Levy put together an in-depth breakdown of the Clippers’ offensive rebounding.
Pick-and-roll defense wasn’t the only place a lack of aggression and execution showed up for the Grizzlies. On the season the Clippers were one of the best in the league at collecting their own misses, with an ORB% of 28.8%. During the regular season the Grizzlies struggled to contain the Clippers on the offensive glass, allowing an ORB% of 29.9%, but Game One took things to the extreme. In their first matchup of the playoffs the Clippers missed 33 shots and collected 14 offensive rebounds, for an ORB% of 42.4%. Those second chances netted them 25 points, their margin of victory and then some.
- At ESPN.com, Peter Yoon discusses the “three-headed monster” that helped the Clippers pull out a win in Game 1 of the series against the Grizzlies.
- Here’s something that goes against conventional wisdom: The Grizzlies need to increase the pace in order to better their chances against the Clips.
Offensively, though, it would help if Memphis could speed things up, and get into the team’s sets a little sooner to exploit the Clippers’ defense for easier opportunities. Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins explained before Game 1 why he believes playing faster would be beneficial to his team’s offense.
“Everybody thinks we want to play at a slow pace,” he said. “We don’t. What I’d like to see us do better is rebound the ball, and then run off misses. But we don’t do that as often as we should. We have done it in the past, and we’ve done it in certain games, but it’s just a mindset of going out and doing it. We need our big people to run, we need our wings to run, we need our point guard to push the ball.
“I think they’re confident in playing the way they play but I’d rather play a little bit quicker,” Hollins continued. “I’m not talking about running up the court and taking the first three-pointer; that’s not what I mean at all. I mean, just get over half court [with 20 seconds still left on the shot clock], and explore it from there.”
- Over at CBSSports, Zach Harper writes about Zach Randolph and why he needs to start playing smarter basketball.