Prevention Thoughts: LAC 94, PHI 83

Clippers at 76ers (December 9)

Your recap is above, and the Preventions will follow…

J.J. Redick, fractured right elbow. Matt Barnes, left eye retinal tear. Reggie Bullock, high sprained ankle. The Clipper’s wings have been clipped, the offense has looked lackluster, and the defense has improved?! How could two bad things turn into one major good when you know that a) the Clippers lost two games to loser teams in the Eastern Conference throughout this seven game roadie (4-5 against the East) and b) the Clippers allowed a freaking 100% percent of open 3’s and logical 3’s in their loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Even with the pair of hiccups they experienced at Atlanta and Cleveland, the Clipper’s Prevention ratings have looked pretty good in this current road trip. Los Angeles has challenged an average of 28.25 shots per contest, and has prevented 60.25 points, 12 possessions and 5 passes. Thanks to Blake Griffin’s improvements on his screening, he’s helped his team to protect 32.5 of the 80 possessions against turnovers. And look at this:

Clippers owe Doc Rivers a fruits basket. Hope he doesn’t turn into an Ox when he’s hugged.

But did the Clippers really shore up the strong-side defense that Doc Rivers is famous for from his days with the Celtics? Or was it that the Eastern Leastern Conference was so bad, even Ptolemy couldn’t scholar these lesser teams to see the light in their mediocre offense. We have to remember that Los Angeles is going up against five lottery teams who are meandering at the bottom of the league in offensive efficiency. Memphis is a western conference member and an arch rival to the Clippers, so throw them out. Losing to the Hawks in their opener turned Atlanta into a playoff contender, and are now 16th in offense and 13th in defense. Between Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Brooklyn, only the Cavalier’s offense (28th) could be best described as a beautiful disaster. If a team is unable to muster 100 points per game, then the Clippers reserve the right to have their defensive rating jump to 10th place without ever playing a second in a basketball game.

Being in the top ten in opposing points allowed is not without its caveats. In the first eighteen games, the Clippers were preventing 12.33 possessions per game. Possessions can be prevented by forcing turnovers, drawing offensive fouls or gambling for steals, among other things. During the seven game stretch, that number dipped down a tad to an even 12. Again, you can thank the Cleveland Cavaliers (19th, 16.5) and Atlanta Hawks (11th, 15.1) for having a near average or very good turnover ratio, per NBA Stats.

Their Possession Preventions could increase when the Little Brother of Los Angeles Lakers (no offense, Clipper fans) face off against Doc River’s former team who are 25th in the turnover department. But for points allowed, being 7th with 96.1 points per game, WITHOUT Rajon Rondo, that’s a chapter entirely on itself.

Total Points Prevented: 68 PTS
Possessions Lost: 8
Preventions Box Score

CLIPPER PREVENTION LOGS (December 9)

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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1 POS - 1 ORB - JD 11:34
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 11:05
2 PTS - 1 BLK - BG 10:37
1 DELAY - DEF - BG 9:07
2 PTS - 1 CON - WG 8:58
2 PTS - 1 CON - CP,WG(H) 8:33
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD,BG(H) 8:19
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 7:40
3 PTS - 1 STL - JD,CP(H) 6:14
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 5:25
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD 4:34
1 POS - 1 SAVE - CP 4:17
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 3:56
3 PTS - 1 CON - JD 3:34
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 2:04
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 0:42
1 AST - 1 STL - DJ 0:34

2nd Quarter
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1 POS - 1 FTO - RH 11:57
2 PTS - 1 CON - RH 11:19
2 PTS - 1 CON - DC,JC(H) 10:18
3 PTS - 1 CON - JD 9:30
2 PTS - 1 CON - AJ 8:55
1 POS - 1 STL - DC,JD(H) 7:38
1 DELAY - DEF - DJ 6:10
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD 6:06
2 PTS - 1 STL - JD 5:37
1 POS - 1 ORB - DJ 5:08
1 DELAY - DEF - JD 4:04
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 3:41
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 3:07
1 AST - 1 STL - CP,DJ(H) 1:40
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 1:28
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 0:34
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 0:05

MISSED CREDITS
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1 POS - 1 STL - CP 4:17 (credited as SAVE)

3rd Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 CON - WG 11:44
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 11:24
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG,WG(H) 11:05
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG,DJ 10:42
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG 10:18
1 POS - 1 STL - BG,CP(H) 9:46
1 DELAY - DEF - JD 8:56
2 PTS - 1 STL - WG 8:32
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG,CP 7:28
1 POS - 1 OFF - BG 6:53
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 5:16
2 PTS - 1 BLK - WG 5:05
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 4:22
2 PTS - 1 BLK - BG 4:14
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 3:21

Final Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 CON - BG 11:22
1 TOV - 1 SCR - JC 10:31
1 DELAY - DEF - BG 10:05
3 PTS - 1 CON - DC 7:45
2 PTS - 1 CON - WG 6:39
1 AST - 1 STL - CP 6:23
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 5:08
1 POS - 1 TIP - DJ 4:28
2 PTS - 1 CON - WG,BG(H) 3:54
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG 3:26
1 TOV - 1 HAS - BG 3:10
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG,JC 2:35
1 DELAY - DEF - JD 2:23
2 PTS - 1 OFF - BG 1:33
2 PTS - 1 BLK - BG 1:03
2 PTS - 1 CON - WG 0:59
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 0:35

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