Over at Bleacher Report, I wrote about the issues with the Clippers offense, the effect of Alvin Gentry’s departure and how the Clips can actually get better. Click here to read the full piece. Here is an excerpt:
Griffin may be more skilled this year, but he hasn’t looked nearly as explosive, as evidenced by his nine dunks on the season (he usually averages two or more a game). It could be injury-related or not, but either way, he’s not being put in the same position to succeed.
Almost half his field-goal attempts are from mid-range. He making a shade under 40 percent of them, more than ever before, but Griffin’s strength is around the rim. Even he knows he needs to make more of a concerted effort to get to the paint.
“I need to do a better job of mixing up and attacking more, not settling for jump shots,” Griffin said, via Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com. “That’s something I’ve got to work on, something I’ve got to kind of figure out. Hopefully that brings a different dynamic to our offense.”
That quote is from Nov. 7. But still, we’re not seeing much of a change. Griffin’s jumpers have stood in for face-ups and penetration, and he’s seen his efficiency drop with it.