Over at Bleacher Report, I wrote about the potential long-term issues the Clippers have at the small forward spot. Click here to read the full article. Here is an excerpt:
Part of Barnes’ offensive appeal, even though he’s not much of a distance shooter, is that he moves so well off the ball. Matt Barnes is the definition of a sharp cutter, the scissor on a team synonymous with scissors themselves. In that sense, the Clippers offense changed with the second-year Bullock out there.
At only 23 years of age, Bullock is still learning plenty of facets of the game, including how to find space off the ball. Go back to look at the highlights from the Jazz game, and you’ll find a stoic Bullock hanging out in the corners, usually on the right side, waiting for a kick-out or a swing around the perimeter.
When Paul and Griffin have gravity working, when they’re pulling defenders into the paint, opportunities for Bullock can be there, and he can put up a performance when he hits three or four long balls every once in a while. But there’s a reason he attempted only one shot in 12 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday during his second game of the year. Good defenses who take away passing lanes to the corners can completely neutralize his still game.