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I’ll ask my question on a separate post, but I thought I’d share this stat with you.
One of the best things about my new Preventions metric is that I can determine how well the Clippers defended the 3-point line, a weakness from last season that has returned tonight. Last season, opposing teams were required to shoot at least seven 3’s or surpass the NBA league average of 35.8% percent if they wanted a win. The Clippers allowed the Lakers to make 14 of their 29 3’s, a 48.3% clip.
Out of the 29 3’s the Lakers attempted, 15 of them were missed shots. Only 6 of the 15 missed shots were successfully prevented by the Clipper defense. That’s 18 PTS prevented versus 42 PTS allowed! The Clippers have to do better at defending the 3-point line.
That’s the recurring theme for this season.
Here’s my CBL question:
The Lakers were projected to be a borderline lottery team, but tonight’s win had me believing that they will be in the playoffs as a spoiler seed. Are the Lakers an elite trap game? Do you believe this loss could haunt the Clippers up until the trade deadline?
Are you encouraged by the offense? It actually ran pretty smoothly tonight, do you think it had more to do with opponent?
1. The Clippers fumbled the ball quite a bit on offense, although it looked like it had great potential. Was the turnover issue tonight more an issue of getting used to the system or player incompetence?
2. What the hell was wrong with Griffin’s free throw shooting today? This was one of his lesser games as far as shooting and turnovers go, but I guess it’s nice to know that even on a bad day he can still score 19 points.
3. Was the post defense just that bad?
4. I noticed several times where Jordan was cutting off the path of a wing to the basket and, as a result, Kaman was able to get better rebound position. Jordan still did a great job rebounding the ball numbers-wise, but what would help with those situations? The rebounding issue in general?
5. Rivers used TONS of small ball lineups today, and the defense in all of them sucked. Specifically, Barnes did a lot of reaching instead of moving and a lot of players missed rotations. Is this, like the offense, a growing pain or a personnel problem or what?
Sorry for asking a ton of questions lol. I just wrote my frustrations out in a couple of bullet points to see if you could answer any of them.
I am concerned that the offensive and defensive systems might not work out. For the first couple of games we can blame growing pains, but eventually the situation will become like the Lakers last season (in which the system and the players never meshed). The players on this team have the ability to mesh well (DJ setting picks for JJ curls, BG in the post with Paul at the top of the key and Dudley in the corner), I’m just not so sure that this offensive system will get the job done. It does have potential to become lethal, though. The defense was atrocious, with Barnes clearly injured (and hopefully not just old) and the wings generally a step slow. Hopefully we see some improvement in the defense by Thursday. Hopefully Blake also figures out how to pass out of triple teams (Reggie Miller: “clearly didn’t work on a single post move”; let’s see Tim Duncan score with three guards hacking him).
Elite Trap Game hahahaha
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I meant to say trap team.
Griffin for Kevin Love…would any of you seriously consider this trade? Is K Love a better fit with CP3?
Not after one mediocre game. He still scored 19 points, got 7 rebounds and 3 assists. The free throws were frustrating, half the game he was bad, but on the other hand he looked like an absolute stud in the second quarter. I think he can play like that for the whole game.
Looks like we need another backup big….also do you think cp3 has been a more passive player since his injury in nola
Is it me or does Blake Griffin’s free throw shooting look worse?!? Did he not work on it in the offseason???
of course he does, calm down, its one game…
Looks like we are missing an energy big off the bench (LO, Reggie in past seasons). Think someone can fill this role?
I didn’t ask that…
Damnit, my fault. It didn’t repopulate the name.
Outrageously frustrating given the opponent and the occasion, but it is just one game, and perspective is needed, and all that shit, blah blah blah. The thing that annoyed me the most and seemed like it could be problematic long-term was the confused and slow rotations on D (Dudley specifically). The apathy and/or lack of athleticism on team D has to change or this team will get shit-hammered by a quality opponent. The offense was not cohesive in any way, but that will (should) get better. But hey, how great did DJ look?
I, for once, think that it was a good thing that Clippers lost in that fashion. It’s not as saying that I wanted this or that losing is good but It’s a young team and one of the most hyped one, this put a chip on their shoulder, it holds them accountable.
Team got to rebound better – WTH Blake?! Only 7 rebounds?? One of the rebounds that ended in a 3pt by Steve Blake was one taht Nash got, it was Griffin, Nash and Steve Blake in the area the ball fell and Griffin didn’t make any effort to catch it! Griffin also couldn’t make a shot in the post, Williams read basically all his spin moves, I don’t know what it is but Blake is looking kind of bad ever since the ankle problem. He also re-tweaked them in 2 games in a row during preseason, alone, by himself just dribbling for attack. And free throw… I won’t even comment.
Of course it wasn’t just Blake, but he is the one that has to show game, the one that said that he had to step up and show game.
I think it’s better if the Clippers lose to the Lakers like this and them make a come back against the Warriors than winning against the Lakers and losing against the Warriors – but it they lose to both, well, that’ll be bad.
Anyway, I think that this loss will give some extra sense of urgency that should help the team.
Did not like Dudley as a starter 2 slow and no jumping ability and now he is not making his three ball useless – DJ did good not game changer but adequate – Blake did not have a good game but if he did score 30pts. 11rebounds, 5assist, 2steals. 1blockshot play tough defense on Pau they probably still would not have won because of the 3pt defense is very poor – CP3 not bad but he sure is not Rondo, Rondo can defend better especially on shooting guards, quickness and can get important rebounds when u need it and is more unselfish – it is only one game but Doc needs 2 recognize and do something about wing players defense and making Chris Paul more accountable 4 guards playing better defense I do not know how he gets first team defense when Clippers give up so many easy baskets from 3pt line on a regular basis
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