Over at Bleacher Report, I wrote about the struggles of the Clippers bench. Click here to read the full article. Here is an excerpt.
After the Clippers’ 107-104 Tuesday night loss to the Atlanta Hawks, a game in which L.A. lost grasp of a 13-point third-quarter lead, Rivers depicted the defeat with a sentence of brutal honesty (h/t to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com): “I had to sub at some point.”
That game had another typical showing from both the starters and reserves. Individual plus-minus isn’t exactly the best stat to use for single games, but the following note has been true for enough contests this season that it’s safe to say it isn’t a fluke: Each of Clippers’ starting five had a positive plus-minus against Atlanta. Each of the five reserves who played had a negative one.
Even during the Clippers’ Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors, Crawford went to 24 and the rest of the bench combined for four points, two boards and three assists in 38 combined minutes.