At Bleacher Report, I had a piece on J.J. Redick and how he changes things up in the Clippers-Thunder series. Click here to read the whole article. Here is an excerpt:
During the regular season, 45 percent of shots were uncontested, though the Clippers were the best in the league at generating these open looks at 51 percent. Of course, the primary engines that drive the Los Angeles offense toward these open shots are Chris Paul andBlake Griffin, but as the examples below will show, Redick’s presence and shooting ability contribute mightily.
While the Thunder understandably focused their defensive adjustments on Paul following his Human Torch-like performance in Game 1, Redick was even more effective in his ability to shake free off the ball in Game 2 than in the first contest.
As the series progresses, Redick’s subtler impact on the game may require some serious defensive adjustments from OKC. His ability to attract defensive attention away from the ball continues to open up space and opportunities for both himself and other Clippers.
The threat is obvious, Redick is one of the deadliest catch-and-shoot players in the league, especially from three-point range, where he ranked 24th out of the roughly 160 regular rotation players who took at least one catch-and-shoot three per game, according to SportVU.