With the season on (hopefully) temporary hiatus, what grades would we give to the LA Clippers’ offense, defense, and clutch performance?
The NBA hiatus has us all nostalgic for a season that’s only been on pause for a couple of weeks now. Post All-Star Break, the Clippers were rounding themselves into form. Let’s have a look at what we were seeing on the court from the good guys.
In a theme that’s going to be familiar when we get to defense, the Clips’ offense was difficult to grade, and the stats don’t always align with what we saw on the court.
By the numbers, our offense was top 3 in the NBA. The offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) had us at number 3 in the league. Points per game we were 4th.
But that’s not always how this offense felt in the moment, was it? The offense was near unstoppable when everything was clicking, including two separate 150 point performances!
But there were also 7 sub-100 performances. Against Atlanta’s atrocious defense, we only managed 95 points in January.
It felt like the offense clicked when the opponents were good, but there were too many cases of the team taking nights off against inferior squads for this offense to get an incredibly high grade.