Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Chris Paul. Paul had a first half that didn’t live up to his standards and finished with only 15 points and eight assists in 27 minutes. But his third-quarter defense on Mike Conley, coupled with his offense in that frame — helped the Clippers pull away.
Defining moment: The entire third quarter. The Clippers trailed 42-40 at the half, but came out with a burst to start the third period, outscoring the Grizzlies 24-11 behind five points and three assists from Paul.
That was … ugly: There wasn’t very much offense in the first half, and then it got even worse in the second half for Memphis, which shot only 37.7 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from long range on the night.
- Fred Katz
Tweet(s) of the Night
The stars of the Clippers' TV broadcast. pic.twitter.com/gPCIDnqDzp
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) December 6, 2013
Congrats, Doc Rivers, on your 600th career win! pic.twitter.com/SXXtYdmjE0
— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) December 6, 2013
The Depth Charge
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ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
Andrew and Fred discuss the state of the Clippers-Grizzlies rivalry and delve into Memphis’ citywide contempt for Los Angeles.
Check Your Messages
No Marc Gasol means a totally different type of defense for the Grizzlies and the Clippers attacked that, especially in the second half. Memphis just isn’t as aggressive or effective defending the screen-and-roll without Gasol so what did the Clippers do after a weak offensive first half? They went with the high pick-and-roll seemingly every possession. And it worked. The Grizzlies didn’t communicate as well as we’re used to them communicating (that’s another major effect of Gasol’s absence) and the Clippers were able to pull away.
- Fred Katz
The Injury Domino
Weird things happen when important players get injured. I’m not talking about losing an extra game here and there. I’m talking about the transformations that organically occurs on the floor to compensate for those players’ absence. For the Clippers right now, those players are J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes.
First off, Darren Collison has done a surprisingly good job of picking up the slack on offense. Not only has he scored 13 or more in four of the last six games, but he also hasn’t laid a goose egg in the assists column in nearly a month. Collison started the season looking totally lost. Perhaps being forced to pick up the slack was the push he needed.
Embracing the utility role that should belong to Matt Barnes has been Reggie Bullock. With the injuries to Barnes and Redick, Bullock’s gotten around 15 or 20 minutes a night for two weeks now and he’s been going full speed the entire time. He may lose his concentration sometimes, but that’s can be forgiven due to strong defensive instincts and a nice, quick shooting stroke, which he proved tonight going 3of 3 from long range.
Injuries can be costly, but they have the great value of providing a ragged glimpse of the future.
- Michael Shagrin
Defensive Rating Update
After the win, the Clippers jumped from 21st to 15th in defensive rating at 102.5. They are just 1.0 away from having a top-10 defense (as a reference point, tonight’s performance boosted their rating by 0.8).
- Jovan Buha
Burn The Film
No J.J. Redick, no Matt Barnes, Tony Allen, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph battling a foot injury, Ed Davis twisting his ankle, Chris Paul nursing a hamstring. If you haven’t watched this game. Don’t be like the buxom teen in a horror movie. Run the other way. Stay in a well lit place.
My only take away is this: for the Clippers, too often a defensive possession ends when the opponent shot goes up. Except possessions end when your team secures the rebound. If we’re talking about the Clippers needing to show defensive intensity for an entire game, they need to show it for an entire possession. And not just until the shot goes up.
- Andrew Han