Friday, March 29, 2013
Can Spurs keep the Clippers from running?
By Caroline Stedman, ESPN Stats & Info
The Los Angeles Clippers sit atop the league in opponent turnover percentage (17.5) and points per game off turnovers (19.9). Blake Griffin leads the way for the Clippers, ranking first in the league in field goal percentage in transition (81.3) and is second to only LeBron James with an average of 1.4 points per play in transition.
The Clippers like to get out and run, but look for them to try and do it even more on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs, who allow opponents to score 54.3 percent of the time in transition. That ranks in the bottom third of the league.
Can Spurs stop Clippers inside game?
The Clippers have one of the league’s best inside games, ranking third in field goal percentage inside five feet (64.0). This season, they have shot 66.8 percent in wins and 57.5 percent in losses (league average is 59.1).
Once again, it's Griffin who has been instrumental to the Clippers’ success in this area. Inside of five feet, Griffin is third in points (662), field goal percentage (72.3) and points per field goal attempt (1.5). He also leads the league in dunks with 165.
Which Tony Parker will show up?
Stopping Spurs' point guard Tony Parker has been the key this season for the Los Angeles Clippers in their three meetings.
In two losses to the Clippers, Parker scored a total of 15 points. In the Spurs’ 116-90 win last month, Parker scored 31 points. In the win, Parker did not turn the ball over and was able to get easy shots, making six of seven attempts inside five feet.
Also in that win, Parker averaged a season-best 1.9 points per field goal attempt and 140.9 points per 100 possessions, his second-highest ratio this season.