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Offensively, no one could make an outside shot. Dudley is still cold (and injured) and Crawford never got it going from out there. Paul and Griffin were great, but all of the role players were darn near completely shut down for most of the night.
Defensively, it was way too easy for the Hawks to get Milsap and Horford into the paint off of a pick and roll. If you’re going to trap the ball handler you have to make the pass to the big difficult. Jordan also refused to help Griffin when Milsap went baseline for a reverse layup in the post.
One thing I’ve noticed about Jordan is that he doesn’t do a very good job of recognizing a play he has seen earlier in the same game. Against the Pacers it was George running around a set of screens, circling the defense for an open 16 footer, and against the Hawks it was Milsap driving baseline for the reverse layup AND the middle pick and rolls.
The Clipper defense was absolutely embarrassing tonight, and I haven’t even talked about Korver yet. Yikes.
The Clippers will never be a top 5 defensive team with this lineup. It just isn’t possible. They’ll be lucky if they reach 10th.
the pick and roll is barely a trap its blake wanted to switch to the small like he always does and thats what causes confusion, i agree with you on deandre tho.
btw can someone explain to me why cp3 was on korver in the 4th?
you have your best player run around the court the whole possesion to tire him out? thats not even the worst part cp3 loves to roam and get steals, but he cant do that against korver and you saw korver get 2 wide open 3 due to cp3 roaming off him to try and get a steal
Maybe Griffin was trying to hedge or something, but it was completely pointless because the guards never actually moved, they just passed it. It looked halfway between a hedge and a trap, which was horrifying.
but my point was he was doing neither
have you noticed griffin really likes to switch on screen?
idk if its a scheme thing, he wants to guard perimeter players or hes too lazy to hedge and get back to the big, but to me its obvious that he wants to switch out and it is causing confusion
I think were both pointing out the same thing but there is no categorization for it. It looked like a trap to me because both Griffin and the guard stayed with the guard, but it looked like a switch gone wrong to you because neither went with the big.
And yeah, he does like to switch out onto the perimeter, but I’m mostly ok with that. Somebody has to stay with the big, though.
I’d rather see Griffin lay back at the free throw line on pnr (same with Jordan) to better contain penetration and make it easier to see where there man went, but I’m ok with Doc using this hedging strategy if they can get it down (which will only happen through repetition). If that doesn’t start happening soon, though, it’s time to call off the hedging a bunch.
So here’s the quick rundown. Clippers prevented 36 PTS, all of which were 2-pointers. They failed to contest a single 3-pointer for the first time since I started doing Preventions. How is this bad? Check this out:
Before today, the Clippers prevent 5.9 threes per game and allow 7.8 open threes per game. Today, they prevented none and allowed 11 open threes.
Before today, the Clippers Open 3 % (percentage of opposing open 3-balls and second chance opportunities relative to their misses) was 57%. Their Logical 3% (percentage of opposing made 3′s and open 3′s relative to total attempts) was 71.8%. Today alone, both the Open 3s and Logical 3s were at a maximum 100%! That’s how bad they were at preventing the 3 balls tonight.
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