Prevention Thoughts: MEM 106, LAC 102

Your recap is above, and the Preventions will follow. Warning: it does get graphic.

The Memphis Grizzlies got exactly what they wanted: an ugly, sluggish basketball game which forced the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers into settling with the boring, mediocre and uninspiring half court offense. The Big Bear Pair of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol took it to the sewers, playing an excellent four quarters of garbage pick-up, every rebound reeking with the odor of rotten meat, spoiled milk, moldy fruits and vegetables, and other hazardous waste you could not imagine, and they were enjoying every single minute of this gutless disgusting activity that was, for lack of better words, a natural nature. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan wanted nothing to do with that yucky trash the Grizzlies were feasting on, and with a 25-19 count of defensive rebounds in favor of Memphis, the game really seemed that way. The grimy grit-and-grinding grandeur of the Grizzlies’s style of play made grotesque a work of art again.

Gelatinous Birkin would agree. Grrrrrr….

Okay, Preventions. DeAndre looked like the only player on the Clippers roster to put up any defensive effort against this thing up there, preventing 18 PTS in total by contesting six shots man-to-man and posting three blocks. The major problem for the Clippers wasn’t in the points they prevented (50 PTS), but in the possessions. The pace of the Grizzlies can be described in two reptile types: slow and steady as a tortoise to manipulate the Clipper defense, then when the gaps loosen and the lanes become clear for the taking, snap like a crocodile and score. The patience game allows Memphis to drain the game clock, making it difficult for the Clippers to steal, force a turnover, or draw an offensive foul to prevent lengthy possessions. Without the ability to play a fast-paced full court offense, the Clippers were only able to muster a season low Prevention of seven possessions lost.

Even though the Grizzlies are 30th in the league at making 3’s, making perimeter jump shots count is as important to them as valuing the use of their possessions. Memphis made five of twelve 3’s – not much if you look at the numbers, but the 41.7% efficiency harkens back to the pre-requisite of seven 3’s or surpassing the 35.8% league average of last season if you wanted a win. Of the seven shots that were missed, only two 3-pointers were successfully contested; one by Chris Paul, the other by Matt Barnes. By allowing the likes of the Big Bear Pair, backup center Kosta Koufos and Jerryd Bayless to clog the lanes and secure the boards, the Clippers have allowed their opponents to shoot a hauntingly 83.3% of logical 3-point shots. Now that’s even SCARIER.

The urgency of signing a true defensive big man grows dire for the Clippers the further they are into the season. If they don’t think of something soon, and fast, Chris Paul might miss the playoffs for only the second time since his debut in the 2007-08 season as a New Orleans Hornet.

Total Points Prevented: 50 PTS
Possessions Lost: 7
Preventions Box Score

CLIPPER PREVENTION LOGS (November 18)

Players
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CP - Chris Paul
JR - 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
SCR - Screen/Pick
OFF - Offensive Foul
FTO - Forced Turnover
TOV - Turnover
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 BLK - BG
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD
1 POS - 1 ORB - CP
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ
1 DELAY - DEF - MB
1 POS - 1 ORB - DJ
1 POS - SAVE - JC
-- SHANG TSUNG FATALITY! --
2 PTS - 1 CON - MB
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ
1 TOV - 1 HAS - CP

2nd Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 CON - DC,BM(H)
2 PTS - 1 STL - MB,BM(H)
1 AST - 1 STL - BM,DC(H)
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ
1 POS - 1 ORB - DJ
1 AST - 1 STL - DC
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ
1 POS - SAVE - DJ
2 PTS - 1 CON - JR
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG
1 POS - 1 STL - BG
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ
2 PTS - 1 CON - JC

MISSED CREDITS
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NONE

3rd Quarter
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3 PTS - 1 CON - CP
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ
1 AST - 1 STL - BG
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ
1 POS - 1 STL - JC,MB(H)

Final Quarter
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1 AST - 1 STL - JC
3 PTS - 1 CON - MB
2 PTS - 1 CON - RH
2 PTS - 1 CON - RH
-- SUB-ZERO FATALITY! --
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ
2 PTS - 1 CON - CP
-- END --

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