Numbers preview: Thunder-Clippers

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com


VIDEO: Clippers vs. Thunder, Series Preview

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers were two of the best teams in the regular season and were both considered title contenders entering the playoffs. But they both needed seven games to get past their first-round opponent and now face each other.

They both have two of the league’s top 10 players. They’re two of the three teams (the San Antonio Spurs were the third) that ranked in the top seven in both offensive and defensive efficiency in the regular season. And one of them will see their season end before the conference finals.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Stats and rankings are for the first round.

Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23)

Beat Memphis in 7 games.
Pace: 91.8 (11)
OffRtg: 105.7 (9)
DefRtg: 98.9 (2)
NetRtg: +6.8 (2)

Regular season: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. L.A. Clippers: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
First round: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

First-round notes:

Los Angeles Clippers (57-25)

Beat Golden State in 7 games.
Pace: 99.4 (1)
OffRtg: 111.7 (2)
DefRtg: 106.9 (10)
NetRtg: +4.8 (3)

Regular season: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. Oklahoma City: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
First round: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

First-round notes:

The matchup

Season series: Tied 2-2 (1-1 in both locations)
Pace: 103.0
OKC OffRtg: 104.9 (11th vs. LAC)
LAC OffRtg: 104.0 (8th vs. OKC)

Matchup notes:

16 Comments

  1. OKc2014 says:

    Clippers looking unbeatable! Got new Bandwagon ? Old one had wheels fall off

  2. OKc2014 says:

    Clippers all over Thunder and Looking Good

  3. ricz says:

    West match up is gonna be an interesting one
    I love OKC but I think clippers will win this one(if they keep acting like they did against memphis)
    Portland vs SAS is kinda hard to predict…. but if it’s experience it’s definitely Spurs

  4. OKc2014 says:

    West Coast Teams to play for best in the West

  5. OKc2014 says:

    Article does not show far better team ball on Clippers, otherwise very good

  6. okc2014 says:

    Hey you Memphis Grizzlies fans, get over it, wipe those tears away. That 1st round is yesterdays news. It’s round 2 babies!!!

  7. alex dignos says:

    we will find out who is the best in the west. SPURS VS. TRAIL BLAZERS AND OKC VS. CLIPPRES can get any better than this. good luck to all of you and just play the game….

  8. celentano says:

    Correct Chris takes Russel schooling him with offence skill’s but Russel can defend better than Chris,Paul is a straight playground baller playing in the Nba! That Veto from Stern turned everything upside down for the Lakers,what a shame!

  9. OKC2014 says:

    Why do they even need to make it a series? Just let OKC walk to finals!

    No matter how many times I watched Zbo’s “flagrant” foul, I don’t see the flagrant and suspension in it.

    It was a FREAKING PUSH!

    No worries though, I am just a bandwagon and back to OKC.

    • Dern says:

      he had a fist and punched adams in the jaw

    • justsayin says:

      Opening your hand directly after a punch does not make it a push. If anything he should be suspended an additional game for tricking the referees out of his initial ejection. I’m from Memphis and am disappointed Z-Bo let his team down this way. Lost a lot of respect w that cheap shot.

      Adams was all like, “was that a breeze, did someone open a window?” Thats one big rawboned NZ tough, lol.

    • justsayin says:

      I’m from Memphis and yes it was a punch. Opening his hand after contact to conceal the cheap shot doesn’t change that fact and the vid clearly shows it. Z-Bo let the team down.

  10. Ruben says:

    Another playoff round full of 7 games series I think, for me the 4 semis are really even

  11. LordP says:

    Best of the best even if i’m not a fan of neither this one is a must see..Cris Paul taking russel Westbrook to school..Barnes trying to limit Durant..Ibaka battling Griffin and Deandre soaring over Perk all the time..the dunk of the year must come out again!!

  12. thespectator says:

    yeah the west coast are killin each other to get to the finals…whoever comes out the west will be really exhausted..

  13. jdub455 says:

    i think that this will be the most competitive 2nd round of them all….