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This looked much more like a game of the past for the Clippers: they just out-talented the opposing team rather than play like a cohesive unit in a system. Do you share this view? Is there really anything to take away from this game long term?
I dont think so because the defense was on point pretty much from the start . The old Clippers wouldve gave up a ton of threes. The team defended the three well and controlled the game from start to finish
They did give up a ton of 3s at first. Anderson was left far to open on several occasions.
No one ever helped DJ against Davis when DJ left to help a penetrating guard. That is how Davis scored almost all of his points.
Most of the offense came fairly easily, and I don’t think there could be any real complaints about a simplistic offense against a terrible defense like the Pelicans’.
6 3′s in a half of basketball is “a ton”? Not really…and holding them to just one 3 ball in the 2nd half…even better. Stop looking for things to whine about. theSubversive is on point. The first 11 buckets all coming off assists clearly shows a high level of team cohesiveness.
Furthermore the Clippers are 3rd in the league in opponent 3pt FG%, at 32.5. NO actually shoots it from deep, as a team, very well. 6th in the league at 38.2%. They were held under their average last night to 35%.
In fact over the past two weeks of games, the Clippers have held their opponents to 28% from downtown. That’s ridiculously good. Defending the 3 is not an issue right now. Ryan Anderson’s going to be 1st of 2nd in 3′s in league…he’ll get 3 bombs a game vs. pretty much any defense you throw at him.
I think they played as a team and they did pretty well, until they got a little sloppy in the latest minutes of the game, giving up 30pts in the 4Q, they could have held the Pelicans under 90.
The D was there, Clippers rotated well even in some tough rotations, they were consistent on both ends. There was one play that started with Blake on the left block and as he was doubled, they moved the ball to the other side to end up in a three, and nobody took a single dribble.
How do you explain that all first 11 shots made were assisted by 11 assists? How can a team be more cohesive than that?
Clippers ans need to stop playing this team down when they play well.
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