Los Angeles Clippers Stat Monkey Brief: Clippers/Bobcats (2/26/13)
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The Clippers were able to recover from their worst loss of the season with a solid 13 point win against the Jazz. The biggest difference maker was the third quarter, in which the Clippers shot 59.1 percent from the field and went on a 23-4 run. The Jazz never recovered and lost their fourth and final game against the Clippers this season.
Tonight, the Clippers take on the 13-43 Charlotte Bobcats. Remember when the Bobcats were 7-5 and everyone was calling them the biggest surprise of the season? Yeah, me neither...
The Bobcats are ranked towards the bottom of the league in almost every category and are headed for having the most balls in the lottery again this year. They also have the weakest strength of schedule in the league. The only bright spot for the Bobcats is their young core of Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Both of them are ranked above average in offensive efficiency and have shown moments of brilliance this season. Unfortunately, they are both way below average on the defense front, which contributes to the Bobcats giving up 102.8 points a game, third-worst in the league.
The Clippers should be able to this game away early and rest their starters before a two game road trip out east. The Clippers, however, need to avoid looking past this game and make sure they come out with the same energy as they did against the Jazz to avoid Walker lighting them up like Tony Parker did.