Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Chris Paul. An effortless 16 points and 17 assists from the point guard led the Clippers to an easy victory, and its widest margin in franchise history.
That was… disheartening: The Bulls’ defense was deficient all afternoon and the offense crumbled in the second half. Without Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, the team is heading into a brutal stretch.
X-factor: J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. Whether from downtown or from midrange, the two swingmen were in perfect harmony with their jump shots. Dudley and Redick finished a combined 16-for-21 from the field for 40 points.
- Curtis Harris
Tweet(s) of the Night
Newest School House Rock episode RT @andrewthehan: Newly elected Rep. Jamison casts the deciding vote, enacting Lawler’s bill into law.
— Dime Update (@DimeUpdate) November 24, 2013
#Clippers win 121-82 — largest margin of victory in franchise history.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) November 24, 2013
The Clippers’ previous high for margin of victory was 37 when they beat Washington 130-93 in 1978 as the Buffalo Braves.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 24, 2013
The Depth Charge
|Byron Mullens, C||6||2-4||1-3||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||+5||5|
|Ryan Hollins, C||21||1-3||0-0||0-0||2||3||5||0||0||0||0||3||+18||2|
|Antawn Jamison, PF||15||4-8||1-1||2-2||0||3||3||0||1||0||1||1||+15||11|
ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
On today’s show, the Clippers’ utter dominance mixed with the Bulls’ injury woes has us wondering how much we can take away from this game. Also, Seerat delves into the pits of fandom and blows up the Bulls.
Check Your Messages
“41” part 2
I highlighted this baseline out of bounds (BLOB) play yesterday in Last Call, and what do you know, it shows up again 24 hours later.
Only this time, we see it carried out to its natural conclusion with Dudley playing the safety valve. But you can see here that Griffin does in fact turn to screen Redick. Dunleavy Jr. does a good job fighting through the screen, and Noah zones up the restricted area, but it’s nice to see all the different options materialize.
Doc Rivers is noted as an excellent out-of-bounds play designer. Add this to the playbook.
- Andrew Han
Opportunities in the Knockdown
J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley aren’t always going to shoot a combined 76.0 percent on 21 shots. But when they do, the Clippers will win.
Successful shooting by the starting wings means the team can fire on all cylinders. Their success is tied to crisp ball movement and the endless pursuit of open space. As these shots start to fall, defenders become wary of leaving their assignments to clog the lane, leaving routes through the key all the more available.
In today’s NBA, finding space to operate can seem like a task fit for Sisyphus. Thanks to the Thibodeau style-defense, premised on dispatching two defenders to harass the ballhandler on the sideline while the rest of the team zones up the weakside, deadeye shooters that require constant attention have become far more valuable than just the shots they drain.
- Michael Shagrin
More Last Call things with stats-a-plenty
- The Clippers shot 58.5 percent from the field Sunday. That’s the third-highest single-game field goal percentage they have posted in the Chris Paul era.
- The 39-point victory is the biggest win in franchise history.
- The starters shot a combined 29-for-42 (69 percent) from the field without any of them shooting worse than 60 percent.
- Chris Paul had 16 points and 17 assists and only played three quarters. If he had played the fourth quarter and finished with a 20-point, 20-assist game, he would have been only the third player (Steve Nash did it twice and Ramon Sessions once) to pull off the feat since Paul entered the league back in 2005.
It may not have been their highest point total of the year (actually, it wasn’t even their second-highest point total of the year), but Sunday’s game showed off the Clipper offense better than any other game has this season.
- Fred Katz
Sergeant at Arms
If I hear about Blake Griffin’s short arms one more time, I’m going to scream. It’s not an excuse for failing to contest shots, especially when you have the athleticism Griffin does.
We know that to properly leverage his athletic gifts, Griffin needs space. The same concept can apply defensively.
Griffin has added a little wrinkle to his post D: he’s avoiding contact more frequently before the shot attempt to be able to jump straight up and contest better.
It’s a smart adjustment, and a nice reminder that defense is usually more about the mind than it is about measurements.
- D.J. Foster
Help from Chi-town
Today’s performance moved the Clippers’ defensive rating from 27th to 22nd.
- Jovan Buha