Prevention Thoughts: LAC 93, NYK 80

Your recap is above, and the Preventions will follow…

Translation: “The Clippers love to go easy against losing teams just because they feel obligated to grant them a free win.” They are not as ruthless or merciless as the true contenders Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs or any other professional team in the NBA. Even the Charlotte “Bobcat” Hornets agree, who are currently staggering around the .500 mark. The projected lottery team and arch nemesis to the Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, have known the necessity of having to put the foot on the weakling’s throats. We will never forget the 55 point blowout the purple and gold injected to the post-LeBron Cleveland Cavaliers, now. Won’t we?

Yet I see no fire in the rising Los Angeles Clippers. They show up against elite teams from wire to wire, occasionally blowing them out with leads the size of 20 points or more to garner national attention. On days where the Clippers are up against a loser team whose chances at a playoff run rest in the heart of the ping pong balls, they start the game lackadaisical and aloof, as if the Clippers purposely set themselves up to lose to make lottery teams feel good about themselves without having to worry about an impending blow out. I posed this concern and J.A. Adande’s tweet to Clipperblog writer Fred Katz during the 24:25 mark of a Clipperblog Live Segment to get his take on the Clipper’s bad habits:

Bad habits aside, the Clippers actually demonstrated good defense. 33 shots were challenged for this game, preventing a total of 73 PTS, currently the highest mark in my Preventions spreadsheet. But they could not stop the possessions of the Knicks. In the 1st half, Carmelo Anthony (future Clipper?) and Andrea Bargnari were Blue Eyes White Dragons, combining for 35 of the Knick’s 45 points. Like the Grizzlies, New York controlled their possessions very well, converting 18 of them into 34 points, resulting in only 3 possessions lost due to the Clipper defense. Jared Dudley, Reggie Bullock and Blake Griffin combined forces to defend the scoring mammoth we all known as Melo, contesting¬† 7 shots, preventing 15 PTS in all. Add those prevented points to Melo’s final point tally of 27 PTS, and he would have his 35th game of 40 points or more in his career.

You could even thank the curse of Amar’e Stoudemire for improving the Clipper defense. Once he was on the court, the Knicks went lackluster, allowing Los Angeles to retake the lead and maintain it by way of double digits. Stoudemire inferioritized New York’s offense completely, posting a team worse negative difference of -29. To give you a perspective behind the plus minus number, he had one shot blocked, one shot forcibly turned over, and a possession negated by a 3 second offensive paint violation – all of them challenged by DeAndre Jordan. Amar’e had one open shot for the entire 20 minutes he was filling in for Andrea Bargnari. Stat’s years are officially behind him.

Now that my ramblings are complete, I present to you the Prevention Logs wrinkle. Every assignment that was logged throughout the game will now have a time stamp attached to it. Time stamps will be used to pinpoint the exact minutes and seconds where the said defensive activity took place.

Please be advised that any log line pertaining to screens (1 TOV – 1 SCR) and hockey assists (1 TOV – 1 HAS) use the recorded time of when a basket was scored instead of the actual time when the said activity was committed. Screens and hockey assists are offensive traits, but they do serve a purpose defensively in that the right extra pass or set pick prevents the defense from attempting to draw a steal, a forced violation, or an offensive foul. Hockey assists happen within 4 seconds or less of the scored basket, while screens can be set at any time in a given shot clock.

Total Points Prevented: 73 PTS
Possessions Lost: 9
Preventions Box Score

CLIPPER PREVENTION LOGS (November 27)

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
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.
Times are written in mm:ss. m = minutes, s = seconds.

1st Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 CON - JD 11:40
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 10:16
1 AST - 1 FTO - DJ,CP(H) 9:13
1 AST - 1 STL - JD 8:31
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 8:06
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 5:52
2 PTS - 1 CON - AJ 3:53
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 3:39
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 2:59
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ 2:37
1 AST - 1 STL - CP 2:17
1 AST - 1 STL - JC 1:51

2nd Quarter
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1 DELAY - DEF - RH 11:29
2 PTS - 1 CON - AJ 11:26
3 PTS - 1 CON - BG 10:54
1 POS - 1 STL - DC 10:39
2 PTS - 1 CON - RH 10:01
1 POS - 1 FTO - BG 10:01
3 PTS - 1 CON - DC 9:26
3 PTS - 1 CON - RB 8:31
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 8:20
1 AST - 1 FTO - CP 4:55
3 PTS - 1 CON - JD 3:07
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ,JD(H) 1:38
1 POS - 1 TIP - DJ 1:38
1 TOV - 1 SCR - AJ 1:22
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 1:06
3 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 0:01

MISSED CREDITS
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NONE

3rd Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 CON - JD,BG(H) 11:26
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 11:11
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 10:54
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD 8:45
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ,BG 8:00
1 TOV - 1 HAS - CP 8:00
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 6:32
1 POS - 1 STL - CP 6:01
1 POS - 1 CLK - BG,DJ 5:04 (3 sec. offensive paint)
2 PTS - 1 FTO - DJ 4:37
1 POS - 1 ORB - DJ 4:20
2 PTS - 1 CON - JR 4:02
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 3:35
1 POS - 1 TIP - JD 3:26
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG,DJ(H) 2:14
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 1:25
2 PTS - 1 CON - RB 0:54
2 PTS - 1 FTO - DJ,RB(H) 0:33
2 PTS - 1 CON - AJ 0:26

Final Quarter
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3 PTS - 1 CON - RH 11:08
2 PTS - 1 CON - DC 10:18
1 POS - 1 STL - DC,BG(H) 9:54
1 DELAY - DEF - BG 9:32
2 PTS - 1 CON - RB 9:24
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG 9:08
1 POS - 1 SAVE - BG 8:50
1 AST - 1 STL - JC 8:32
2 PTS - 1 CON - RB,BG(H) 6:44
2 PTS - 1 STL - DJ 5:37
2 PTS - 1 CON - JC 3:46
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD 2:48
2 PTS - 1 BLK - BG 2:13
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD 1:28
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 1:05
3 PTS - 1 CON - BG 0:18
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