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#21 - LA Clippers @ New Orleans Pelicans
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#20 - LA Clippers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
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#19 - LA Clippers @ New Jersey Nets
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Zach Lowe On Clippers
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The Clippers beat the Pelicans, 114-96, on Friday night in New Orleans. Here are five things we learned:
1. Since getting a game off for rest, Blake Griffin has been playing at a high level. He was on top of his game Friday night against the Pelicans, scoring 27 points on 12-for-22 shooting.
He’s been hitting free throws a lot better this season.
During last night’s comfortable Clippers’ victory, DeAndre Jordan was quiet offensively and scored only six points. Of the six points, two came from free throws as Jordan shot a perfect 2 of 2 from the charity stripe. This put his seasonal free throw percentage at 52.4% (up from 51.5% before the game). While that percentage is far from spectacular, it highlights a drastic change of the better for Jordan. He has attempted 42 free throws In his last seven games and has sunk an impressive 27 of them. That’s 64.29%!
DJ in his career is an abysmal 42.5% free throw shooter. He has only once in his career shot above 50% in a season. That instance was the 2011-2012 season and things were much different. Jordan only attempted a total of 141 free throws that year (in 66 games). That amounted to a meager 2.1 free throw attempts per game. For context, here’s DJ over the last three years and this year:
Overall, DJ has averaged 6.1 free throws a game over the past three seasons (including an absurd eight free throw attempts/game last year). Over these previous three years, DJ shot a horrid 41.9% from the free throw line. Yet this year has changed. With already 103 free throw attempts, DJ has been far more consistent.
So what’s changed? It’s not exactly clear. Jordan has always known that he needs to practice his free throws. Even in 2014 he was already shooting 100 free throws after each practice. His form seems to be the same one he’s always used (as he’s made clear that he will not adapt underhanded free throw shots). Thus it may just be the mental aspect of free throw shooting that held DJ to pitiful 41.9% over his previous three seasons (1,464 attempts).
The benefits of this improvement are of course plentiful. For fans, DJ’s improvement means less hacking by opposing teams (which is important because the Association’s hacking rules are useless). For DJ, success can snowball into more confidence at the free throw line. For the Clippers it means even more grease for their well oiled offensive machine. The Clippers attempt the most free throws per game in the Association (28.4) and make the most free throws per game too (21.5). It accounts for a large portion of their nightly average of 109 points per game (19.72%). So for what ever has been holding DJ back, hopefully he has finally overcome it. This season’s small sample size thus far is a positive sign.
Strong individual efforts from Blake Griffin and Chris Paul helped the Clippers to their second win in as many nights down in New Orleans.
The Clippers were able to complete their longest road trip of the season in style by trouncing the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night by a score of 114-96. Blake Griffin shrugged off a slow start to finish with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 12/22 shooting from the floor. He outplayed Anthony Davis on both ends of the floor in an impressive and determined individual effort. Chris Paul came close to notching his second triple-double in as many games, but had to settle for 17 points along with 13 dimes and eight boards. Jamal Crawford was impressive in about 29 minutes off the bench, scoring a season-high 21 points in a game J.J. Redick missed in order to rest.
Noted future Defensive Player of the Year Luc Mbah a Moute was a major factor on both ends. He scored 15 points along with five rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 32 outstanding minutes.
New Orleans was able to hang around early but eventually succumbed to the more talented team. Davis was the only Pel to score in double-figures (21), with E’Twaun Moore and Terrence Jones combining for 29 points off the bench. LAC’s guards were able to hold the high-scoring NOP backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Tim Frazier to just 17 combined points on 6/18 shooting.
Griffin was being aggressive early but it wasn’t paying off. He was having difficulty getting good shots up over the interminable length of Anthony Davis, and made just two of his first eight attempts from the floor.
LAC was settling for a boatload of midrange Js in the first, but they were falling. They went 6/10 on shots from that distance over the first 12 minutes, but New Orleans was able to get into the paint and do damage at close range. The Pels went 7/11 on shots in the paint while also connecting on three of their five tries from three.
Paul Pierce continued to get rotation minutes, for some reason, and a big New Orleans run coincided with his time on the floor. What a surprise! LAC still wasn’t able to hit shots with any sort of regularity, and the Pelicans were running after every rebound. A quick run opened up a nine-point lead for the home team early in the second.
Doc Rivers opted to bench the bench unit and came back with four starters plus Jamal Crawford. With starters playing against a lineup consisting primarily of Pels reserves it didn’t take long for the Clippers to climb right back into the game. They went on a 9-0 run of their own before Griffin’s fifth three-pointer of the season put L.A. up 47-46 about midway through the second period.
LAC’s offense started off looking ragged, but the game turned once they ramped things up on the other end. The starters were doing a better job of getting back in transition defense, and to no surprise the Pelicans’ offense stumbled a bit in the halfcourt setting. Griffin started to find his shot and wound up finishing the half with a game-high 16 points on 50 percent shooting. Luc Mbah a Moute was doing his thing defensively, but was also able to make NOP pay for leaving him open. LMAM scored nine points and was a game-best +12 after the first 24 minutes. Just another day at the office for the NBA’s leader in net rating.
The Clips led 60-57 at the break.
Luc picked up right where he left off by drilling a wide open triple from the corner to give the Clippers an eight-point advantage early in the third. Right after that, Griffin knocked down yet another midranger to put L.A. up by double digits for the first time. He was doing most of his damage from there, but a Griffin layup on the break off a beautiful dime from CP3 later it was 79-64 all of a sudden.
Just as they did Thursday night in Cleveland the Clippers were able to rebuff every attempted Pelican run. LAC would go a few possessions without a bucket, but played strong enough defense to keep New Orleans from scoring, too. Crawford did his thing and scored four straight baskets including a 20-footer that put his team up by 13 heading into the fourth.
L.A. was able to keep their buffer going, but a few empty possessions followed by three by former Laker legend Anthony Brown cut the lead to 12, prompting a Clipper timeout. Crawford hit another long ball to restore the 13-point lead and set a new season-high with 21 points to that point. Luc followed with his third bomb from long range to make it 104-90 and a few Pels fans started heading for the exits.
Paul made sure the rest of the fans drove home safely with a daggerous triple of his own with just over three to play to make it a 17-point game.
Things looked a little dicey to start but the Clippers were able to lock things down after halftime and take care of business against a lesser foe. New Orleans is now six games under .500, but this is a quality win, regardless. They had been 5-2 over their last seven games, and the Clips were playing the second night of a back-to-back and the finale of a lengthy six-game road swing. Road wins don’t come easily in this league.
The club gets just one free day before a grudge match with the Pacers on Sunday at Staples. Considering the way Indiana embarrassed them last Sunday, you can bet the Clips will be ready to serve up some comeuppance.
LAC was able to salvage a road trip that got off to a rather inauspicious start. The wins over the Cavs and Pels put the Clippers at 3-3 over course of the road swing and upped their record to 16-5 on the young campaign.
Blake Griffin had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists, and the Clippers beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-96, on Friday night.
Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and Luc Mbah a Moute had 15 for Los Angeles, which capped a 10-day, six-game trip with victories on back-to-back...
J.J. Redick got the tap on the shoulder this time, getting informed by Coach Doc Rivers and his basketball support staff that the 6-foot-4 guard wouldn’t be playing against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night because of rest.
Redick said that he wants to “play every night,” but he also knew...
Now, the new age Mamba.
Awesome as Russell Westbrook has been, averaging a triple double later in the schedule than anyone since Oscar Robertson, the only player to do it over a full season ... 55 years ago ... we've seen this movie before.
Unfortunately for Westbrook, carrying on magnificently in Oklahoma City in the wake of Kevin Durant's departure with gaudy averages of 31.
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