Los Angeles Clippers
No Dime tonight.
Lost In Translation
Tweet(s) of the Night
Poor transition defense by the idiot in black. pic.twitter.com/OpD8ZMQb7T
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) December 8, 2013
CP looked like he was going to clock this kid messing up his fastbreak. https://t.co/PVypLEGnZr
— Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) December 8, 2013
The Depth Charge
|Byron Mullens, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Ryan Hollins, C||7||0-0||0-0||0-0||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||-4||0|
|Antawn Jamison, PF||16||0-6||0-5||1-2||2||4||6||1||1||1||0||3||+3||1|
ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
Andrew and Seerat go down the rabbit hole and reminisce about Y2K and try to unearth why Chris Paul continues to shoot below average from deep.
Check Your Messages
Defensive Rating Update
Despite the loss, the Clippers jumped from 17th to 14th in defensive rating at 101.9. They are just 0.4 away from having a top-10 defense.
- Jovan Buha
Hardly a Half
Tonight’s second half was an unmitigated disaster for the Clippers. The third quarter — easily their best period this season with a net rating of +12.1 coming into the game — started miserably for LAC. Cleveland began on a 10-3 run, as the Clippers didn’t convert their second field goal until the 3:04 mark. If not for back-to-back treys in the final 30 seconds, the Clippers would have finished the quarter with 11 points. In the half, Reggie Bullock and DeAndre Jordan each hurt an ankle. The Clips also fell in love with the three, launching 25 attempts, but only making five. It was worse in the fourth, where they went 1-for-14 from deep. The abysmal offense made 11 field goals at a rate of 25 percent. Oh, and Blake Griffin scored three points in the second half and shoved Anderson Varejao out of frustration.
- Aaron Fischman
Hold Me Back
The Clippers defense has left the basement. Through the first three weeks of the season, they were one of the worst defensive teams in the league, giving up 105.3 points per 100 possessions, which placed 27th in the league. But since Nov. 21, the Clippers have turned their defense around, allowing just just 97.5 points per 100 possession — good enough for the sixth-best defensive efficiency over that span.
This all in spite of a disturbing trend. DeAndre Jordan may be a highlight machine, always ready to dispatch a mind-bending dunk or an aggressive swat, but he is not doing his charged duty of protecting the basket.
The Sports VU tracking system, recently installed to track player movements in every NBA arena, computes the important metrics that ought correlate with a defender’s ability to protect the basket; an opponent’s field goal percentage when that defender is within five feet of the basket and within five feet of the offensive player attempting the shot.
Of players with at least one block per game in 10 or more games played, DeAndre Jordan gives up the second-highest field goal percentage at the rim at 57.6 percent. In rough terms, that means D.J. is arguably the worst rim protector who is charged as his team’s interior defensive anchor.
It’s not his athleticism, we certainly know that. And it’s not that Doc’s defensive system isn’t working — the Clippers team defense numbers continue to improve by considerable margins. We probably should be willing to cut DeAndre a little bit of slack, but that’s what we’ve been doing for more than five years.
- Michael Shagrin
As Tristan Goes, So Does Cleveland
Tristan Thompson finished with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting along with 13 rebounds, including five of the offensive variety. You know what that means … Cleveland won. Check out the third-year forward’s intriguing win-loss split stats this season:
In Cleveland wins: 16.4 points, 51.2 FG%, 12.9 rebounds, 4.4 offensive rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
In Cleveland losses: 8.8 points, 36.3 FG%, 9.0 rebounds, 3.4 offensive rebounds and 0.3 blocks.
- Aaron Fischman
Life Through The Rear-View Mirror
Team fandom is an innately weird thing. It’s a trying commitment: Memories, emotions, energy—both good and bad— expended on a group of players whom you’ll likely never meet, let alone exchange a meaningful conversation with. Fans are the component that drive sports leagues to global success, yet they’re also nothing more than hopeful passengers; the engine and the gas maybe, but never the wheel.
The invisible border between the parameters of a basketball court and the fans provide a vague barrier in this respect. Today, a rabid fan wearing a “Kyrie Don’t Leave” shirt rushed the court and momentarily disturbed the chasm. The incident was neutralized quickly as security cleared him out. Maybe he was inebriated. Maybe he lost a bet. Who knows? But maybe, just maybe, it was a wayward and invariably futile attempt at clutching the wheel.
- Seerat Sohi
That’s the Clippers’ three-point shooting by quarter. And I’d be shocked if more than four of their 35 attempts were considered poor shots. Open look after open look continued to rattle out as shooters desperately clung to the hope of “regression to the mean,” an idea that their percentage would eventually even out.
It could also be called the gambler’s fallacy; the idea that your current streak is a statistical abnormality, pressing the action with the hopes of capitalizing on the swing. That a run of uncharacteristic sequences in the past somehow affects an event in the future is the fallacy. Some nights you have it, some nights you don’t.
- Andrew Han