Los Angeles Clippers Stat Monkey Brief: Clippers/Suns (12/8/12)
Lob City Highlight of the Day
Every basketball’s player dream is to one day be on a poster. What’s a player’s worst nightmare? To be the other guy on the poster. Well Chris Kaman, welcome to your worst nightmare…
You know you dominated the game when Sportscenter does not show a single highlight from the other team during their recap, unless the other team is getting their pocket picked, blocked, or dunked on. The Clippers played the type of game that had everyone calling them contenders at the beginning of the season.
While the Clippers were efficient on the offensive side of the ball, it was the defense that really stood out. They held the Mavs to 40.5% shooting, which is 4% lower than their season average. The Clippers also had 18 steals and forced 22 turnovers overall. It was such an efficient game on defense that it bumped them up in the numberFire rankings by two spots to number seven defensively. The Clippers outscored the Mavs in the first quarter 29-18, and it was really never close again. The one concern continues to be the three ball; they only shot 30% for the game.
Tonight the Clippers look to extend their win streak to five against the 7-13 Suns, who will be looking to snap their own five game losing streak. Phoenix is average on the offensive side of the ball and rank 15th. They are even worse on the defensive side of the ball and rank 28th in defensive efficiency. The Clippers need to keep playing the way they played against the Mavs and Kings and establish discipline to be dominant in every game no matter who the opponent is. So look for this game to be over early and plenty of plays for the highlight reel.
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