The focus around the Clippers’ defense tends to be on the lack of wing defenders, but the easiest adjustment for the team is probably to fix the poor communication it’s demonstrated over the first few weeks of the season. At Bleacher Report, I wrote about how the Clips have consistently shown off those communication issues, even in Monday night’s dominant fourth quarter against the Hornets. Click here to read the whole piece. Here is an excerpt:
It’s because of these communication issues that the Clippers rely on Jordan so much. When you’re often out of place, the garbage man increases in importance.
There’s a good chance Jordan gets maxed out when he hits the opening market as an unrestricted free agent this upcoming summer. The Clippers are now stuck in somewhat of a predicament, having to ask themselves if he is the guy they want in their frontcourt moving ahead.
He may have finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting a season ago, but through 13 games, the 26-year-old, who was expected to take another step forward this season, has actually regressed on the defensive end, as has his big-man partner, Griffin.
The Clips may not have dominant wing defenders, but the crux of their issues are about the rotations in the frontcourt. Jordan is often rotating late. Or Griffin isn’t getting to spots on time. And neither is helping the helper particularly well—something that’s especially true for Blake.
The communication has vanished.