Numbers preview: Clippers-Spurs

VIDEO: West Series Preview: Clippers – Spurs

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — This just isn’t fair. The Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs were the league’s second and third best teams according to point differential (whether you want go by raw plus-minus or pace-adjusted numbers). And one of them won’t be going to conference semifinals.

The Clippers had the No. 1 offense in the league, despite a 15-game absence from Blake Griffin, and won 14 of their last 15 games. The Spurs are one of only three teams that ranked in the top seven in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and went 21-4 after Feb. 25.

But that 21-4 run only pushed the Spurs from seventh to sixth in the Western Conference. Their loss on the last day of the season put them in this matchup, which may be worse news for the Clippers than anybody else.

The good news is that these two teams are on the opposite side of the bracket from Golden State. So a potential Warriors-Spurs showdown or Warriors-Clippers slobberknocker is in line for the conference finals.

Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for Clippers-Spurs, with links to let you dive in and explore more.

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 (56-26)

Pace: 97.0 (11)
OffRtg: 109.8 (1)
DefRtg: 103.0 (15)
NetRtg: +6.9 (2)

Overall: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. San Antonio: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

Clippers notes:


San Antonio Spurs (55-27)

Pace: 95.9 (17)
OffRtg: 106.2 (7)
DefRtg: 99.6 (3)
NetRtg: +6.6 (3)

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

Spurs notes:

The matchup

Season series: Tied 2-2 (1-1 at each location).
Pace: 98.0
LAC OffRtg: 109.8 (1st vs. SAS)
SAS OffRtg: 104.8 (12th vs. LAC)

Matchup notes:


  1. Matt Montamat says:

    Nobody wants to play anybody in the West. No easy outs. Likely all series will go 6 or 7. But just because somebody “has to” beat them doesn’t mean they will. Clippers played good defense in their 2 wins. Not sure about the “should have” win but those don’t count in the regular season or the playoffs. GO SPURS GO!

  2. sanjay says:

    spurs hands would be full. some body has to get them this time in wester conference. houston? gs? or clippers?
    and doc hands are quite full as well.
    clippers are a force to reckon with as well.
    so it will be some series. no easy series for anybody right from the get go in the west. Even in the east couple of them are quite tough( tor vs washing and chic vs bucks-4 and 5 are always tough)

    so there wont be a walk in the park for anybody this season.

  3. harriethehawk says:


  4. time to prove and step up. Spurs are beatable and it all starts tomorrow.We beat them the last 2 times we played and should of won a third game. Home court will be the difference.