Numbers preview: Clippers-Warriors

By John Schuhmann,

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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — No first-round series is more anticipated than the one that pits the Los Angeles Clippers against the Golden State Warriors.

It’s the league’s best offense against the Western Conference’s best defense. It’s Lob City vs. the Splash Brothers, Chris Paul vs. Stephen Curry, and Blake Griffin vs. a team that doesn’t like him very much.

These two teams split four explosive regular-season games, but the Warriors will be without Andrew Bogut to start the series. And that may be the difference.

Here are some statistical nuggets regarding the 3 and 6 seeds in the Western Conference, as well as the four regular-season games they played against each other.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

Los Angeles Clippers (57-25)

Pace: 98.4 (7)
OffRtg: 109.4 (1)
DefRtg: 102.1 (7)
NetRtg: +7.3 (2)

Overall: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. Golden State: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

Clippers notes:

Golden State Warriors (51-31)

Pace: 98.5 (6)
OffRtg: 105.3 (12)
DefRtg: 99.9 (3)
NetRtg: +5.4 (6)

Overall: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. L.A. Clippers: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

Warriors notes:

The matchup

Season series: 2-2 (Home team won all four games)
Pace: 100.5
LAC OffRtg: 107.3 (4th vs. GSW)
GSW OffRtg: 107.0 (9th vs. LAC)

Matchup notes:


  1. jdub455 says:

    This to me is the most competitive series amongst all 1st rounds… its sad that bogut isn’t around (again!!!), but still this means more minutes for green, JO and Speights who are solid offensive players…. Bogut wud have been big esp against deandre but I think this series will go the distance… and I wont be surprise if the splash brothers can score an upset plus they have a CP3 stopper in Iggy although much minutes will be required of the starters in this one as compared to the clips who has the deepest bench in the league… So the longer the series, the adv wud go with the clips but if steph can hold on esp on crunchtime, anything is possible… So, go Warriors!

  2. okc2014 says:

    Golden State is at a disadvantage w/ Bogut out. Clippers will win the series.

  3. Jack says:

    Clips will just crush GSW

  4. rcast says:


  5. A series with some venom, I like that! But is GSW able to double team Blake? Are they able to control DeAndre in the paint? Doesn’t GSW need to rely 2 much on their shooting ability to keep up with the scoring pace of LAC? While LAC has shooters, penetraters & a large skilled bench.I’m going with LAC. GSW is a good team but LAC got a larger bag of tricks to make a difference & survive the series.