At ESPN Insider, Tom Haberstroh details one of the biggest problems the Clippers’ offense has had this postseason: Jamal Crawford. Click here to read the whole piece. Here is an excerpt:
Right now, down 3-2 and facing elimination, the Clippers need more, and that means less of Crawford. Usage rate is a statistic that estimates the percentage of team plays a player uses while on the floor (via field goal attempt, free throw attempt or turnover). Basically, it quantifies how often a player tries to score. Take a guess who leads the Los Angeles Clippers this postseason in usage rate. Paul? Griffin? Guess again.
Yes, the bench player currently owns a 29.1 percent usage rate this postseason, higher than Paul (23.8) and Griffin (28.2). That wouldn’t be a huge problem if it weren’t for the fact that Crawford is shooting 39.8 percent this postseason. His true shooting percentage, which quantifies total shot efficiency by incorporating free-throws and 3-pointers — sits at 53.4 percent, below the league average at 54 percent. In this series, the inefficiency has been more concentrated; Crawford’s usage rate has blown up to 31.3 percent while his true shooting percentage has spiraled to a paltry 46.3 percent.