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)
- Serge Ibaka had the best individual plus-minus (+55) of the first round.
- Reggie Jackson shot 21-for-22 from the free throw line, the best mark among players who attempted at least 20 free throws in the first round.
- Russell Westbrook had the highest usage rate of the first round, using 35.0 percent of the Thunder’s possessions when he was on the floor. Kendrick Perkins had the lowest (8.9 percent).
- Westbrook (7.0) and Kevin Durant (6.3) ranked first and second in fast break points per game in the first round.
- Opponents shot 33.3 percent at the rim when Nick Collison was defending it, the lowest opponent mark among players who defended at least four shots at the rim per game.
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)
- Scored 11.8 more points per 100 possessions than the Warriors allowed in the regular season, the biggest differential among playoff teams.
- Forced 17.4 turnovers per 100 possessions, most in the first round.
- Of the eight teams that advanced, the only one with an effective field goal percentage of better than 50 percent from outside the paint.
- Among players who averaged at least 20 minutes per game, DeAndre Jordan had the highest defensive rebounding percentage, grabbing 34.8 percent of available defensive boards.
- Darren Collison shot 16.7 percent on drives, lowest among players with at least 20 total drives in the first round.
- Durant (7-for-24) and Westbrook (4-for-17) combined to shoot just 27 percent from 3-point range against the Clippers.
- Jamal Crawford had an effective field goal percentage of 65.3 percent against the Thunder. He only shot better against Minnesota.
- J.J. Redick shot just 4-for-18 from 3-point range against OKC, his lowest mark vs. any opponent against whom he shot at least 10 threes.
- The Clippers outscored the Thunder by 22 points in 107 minutes with Jared Dudley on the bench and got outscored by 26 points in 84 minutes with Dudley on the floor.
- Westbrook shot just 6-for-23 (0-for-6 from 3-point range) when being defended by Chris Paul.
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