HANG TIME NEW JERSEY BUREAU — Chauncey Billups may be done for the season. So what does that mean for the Clippers?
Billups was their starting two guard, but the Clippers do have some backcourt depth. Mo Williams and Randy Foye have played the most minutes off the L.A. bench. Eric Bledsoe returned from a torn meniscus a week ago, but banged his knee in practice and has missed the last four games.
Overall, the Clippers have been a pretty bad defensive team. Through Monday, they rank 24th in defensive efficiency, allowing 103.3 points per 100 possessions. But their starting lineup has been very good defensively, allowing only 95.3 in 272 minutes.
Billups is a part of five of the Clippers’ seven most-used lineups. But their second most-used lineup has been the starting group, with Williams in place of Billups, which makes it fairly easy to compare. We’re still dealing with small sample sizes here, but they’re the biggest sample sizes the Clippers have got.
Clippers most-used lineups
|Paul, Billups, Butler, Griffin, Jordan||14||272||90.7||110.2||95.3||+14.9||+85|
|Paul, Williams, Butler, Griffin, Jordan||13||81||95.6||120.6||113.8||+6.8||+3|
|Billups, Foye, Butler, Griffin, Jordan||5||72||92.0||106.0||88.4||+17.7||+28|
|Paul, Williams, Billups, Griffin, Jordan||7||30||94.3||129.5||115.0||+14.5||+7|
|Billups, Foye, Gomes, Griffin, Jordan||5||22||101.3||74.4||95.4||-21.1||-11|
Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Thus far, the Clippers have been more potent offensively with Williams on the floor, but also much worse defensively. Overall, they’ve allowed 100.1 points per 100 possessions in Billups’ 607 minutes and 108.1 in Williams’ 524. Williams’ on-court defensive efficiency will go down when he plays more minutes with the starters (and Kenyon Martin when he starts playing), but the numbers so far are pretty troubling.
Assuming Williams replaces Billups in the lineup, the Clippers have a new starting group that’s just a plus-3 in 81 minutes thus far. And if they have title aspirations, their starters can’t be worse defensively than the worst defensive team in the league (New Jersey at 109.3 points allowed per 100 possessions).
- Advanced Stats: Clippers with Mo Williams on and off the floor
The Clippers may also miss Billups in close games, but his “clutch” numbers don’t really stand out as much as you might think over the last five seasons, especially when you realize that both Chris Paul and Williams are excellent free throw shooters as well.
Clutch-time stats, 2007-08 through 2011-12
Clutch time = Last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less
eFG% = (FGM + (0.5*3PM)) / FGA
TS% = (PTS/(2*(FGA + (0.44*FTA)))
- Advanced Stats: Chauncey Billups’ clutch numbers