Prevention Thoughts: LAL 116, LAC 103

Game 1: Clippers vs. Lakers (October 29)

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To give you a perspective, let us reminisce about how horrid the Clippers were at guarding the perimeter from last season. Teams who wanted to secure a win against the Clippers needed to make at least seven 3-pointers, or surpass the NBA league average of 3-pointers made, which was 35.8% in the 2012-13 season. Bottom feeders like the Magic, Cavaliers and Pelicans (then the Hornets) shredded the Clippers with their marksmen. This was how the Golden State Warriors went from a laughingstock to a dark horse juggernaut, which led them to clinching the season series versus Los Angeles 3-1 and a guaranteed seed in the playoffs. The Lakers attempted 29 threes in total, but made 14 three’s – that’s DOUBLE the required makes – and destroyed last year’s league average by a 12.4% wide margin!

And that’s only speaking for half of the story. The Clippers were only able to prevent six 3’s in the entire game: two from Dudley and Barnes, and one each from Griffin and Collison. None of the Laker’s 3’s were prevented by blocks, steals, offensive fouls or turnovers. In my Preventions log (at the bottom of this page), you will notice that four of the six contested 3’s are in the third quarter. And to make matters even worse, the Clippers defensive achievements went from 18 in the 3rd quarter (nice!) to 8 in the final quarter (not nice!).

The Clippers will see the Lakers in the playoffs. Chalk it up to bad defensive rotations, lack of effort in the fourth quarter, the pressure of living up to expectations, and the Lakers for being an elite trap game. The Warriors are comin’, and the target is the Clipper’s Pacific Division crown and California bragging rights.

Total Points Prevented: 54 PTS
Possessions Lost: 16
Preventions Box Score

CLIPPER PREVENTION LOGS (October 29)

Players
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CP - Chris Paul
JJ - J.J. Redick
JD - Jared Dudley
BG - Blake Griffin
DJ - DeAndre Jordan
DC - Darren Collison
JC - Jamal Crawford
MB - Matt Barnes
AJ - Antawn Jamison
BM - Byron Mullens
MW - Maalik Wayns
WG - Willie Green
RB - Reggie Bullock
RH - Ryan Hollins

Abbreviations
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PTS - Points
ORB - Offensive Rebound
AST - Assist
BLK - Block
STL - Steal
CON - Contested
OFF - Offensive Foul
TOV - Turnover
CLK - Timed violation
FTO - Forced Turnover
TIP - Tipback
SAVE - Saved possession
SCR - Screen/pick
HAS - Hockey assist
DELAY - Dead ball situation
DEF - Deflected out-of-bounds
JMP - Jump ball
POS - Possession
(H) - Help

All events are written in order.

1st Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 CON - BG
1 POS - 1 STL - CP
2 PTS - 1 STL - DJ
1 AST - 1 STL - DJ
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG
2 PTS - 1 OFF - JD
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ
1 DELAY - DEF - JD
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG
2 PTS - 1 CON - JJ
2 PTS - 1 CON - RH

2nd Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 BLK - RH
2 PTS - 1 OFF - RH
1 POS - 1 ORB - MB
3 PTS - 1 CON - DC
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG
1 POS - 1 STL - BG
2 PTS - 1 OFF - BG
1 AST - 1 FTO - JD
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ
3 PTS - 1 CON - MB
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG
2 PTS - 1 CON - JC
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG

3rd Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ
3 PTS - 1 CON - JD
1 POS - 1 ORB - BG
1 POS - 1 STL - CP
1 POS - 1 TIP - DJ
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ
3 PTS - 1 CON - BG
1 POS - 1 FTO - DJ
1 POS - 1 FTO - MB
1 POS - 1 STL - CP,DJ(H)
1 POS - 1 STL - MB
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG
1 POS - 1 ORB - BG
1 DELAY - DEF - DC
3 PTS - 1 CON - JD,DC(H)
1 POS - 1 ORB - DC
3 PTS - 1 CON - MB

Final Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 CON - JJ
1 POS - 1 ORB - DJ
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG
1 POS - 1 STL - CP
1 POS - 1 ORB - JR
1 POS - 1 STL - MB,RH(H)
1 POS - 1 OFF - RH
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