VIDEO: Clippers vs. Trail Blazers: By the Numbers
HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — If you like great playmaking from points and great shooting on the wing, Clippers-Blazers is the series for you.
Chris Paul vs. Damian Lillard is the best individual matchup in the first round. And J.J. Redick vs. C.J. McCollum is a pretty good sideshow. It will take a five-man defense to slow down these two top-10 offenses and L.A. has playmaking on its frontline, but the focus will be on the guards and any one of the four can catch fire at any time.
These two teams had polar opposite expectations before the season started. Some believed that the addition of some veteran role players would make the Clippers stronger title contenders, while nobody outside Portland thought the Blazers would even make the playoffs after saying goodbye to four starters. But they’ve met in the middle, in what should be one of the more entertaining series in the entire postseason.
Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for the 4-5 series in the West, with links to let you dive in and explore more.
Los Angeles Clippers (53-29)
Pace: 98.0 (17)
OffRtg: 106.5 (6)
DefRtg: 100.9 (6)
NetRtg: +5.5 (5)
- Only team other than Golden State and San Antonio to rank in the top six in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Also, one of two teams (the Spurs are the other) to rank in the top 10 in offensive efficiency each of the last five seasons.
- Shot 58.2 percent in the paint, the highest mark in the league. But they took only 39.3 percent of their total shots from the paint, the lowest rate in the league.
- Were the best team in the first six minutes of the first quarter, outscoring their opponents by 14.4 points per 100 possessions.
- Starting lineup – Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan – outscored opponents by 19.4 points per 100 possessions, the best mark among lineups that played at least 200 minutes together.
- Scored 111.7 points per 100 possessions (a number which would rank second in the league) with Paul on the floor and just 98.1 (a number which would rank 29th) with him on the bench.
- Scored 104.4 points per 100 possessions in 35 games with Griffin and 108.0 in 47 games without him.
- Redick shot 48 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, the best mark among 118 players who attempted at least 150.
- Both Paul and Griffin had a higher effective field goal percentage in losses than they did in wins.
Portland Trail Blazers (44-38)
Pace: 98.3 (12)
OffRtg: 106.1 (7)
DefRtg: 105.6 (20)
NetRtg: +0.6 (13)
- Starting lineup – Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee – outscored opponents by 14.4 points per 100 possessions, the sixth best mark among lineups that played at least 200 minutes together.
- Were 11.0 points per 100 possessions better at home (plus-6.1) than on the road (plus-5.0). That was the biggest differential in the league. The Blazers were 7-6 against the other West playoff teams at home, but 2-11 against the group on the road. The two wins were in Houston and Memphis in early February.
- Most consistent team from quarter to quarter. They were the only team that didn’t have a NetRtg better than plus-2.0 or worse than minus-2.0 in any quarter.
- At 8.4 minutes per game, Lillard led the league in time of possession.
- Lillard was one of two players (Stephen Curry was the other) was the other with multiple 50-point games this season.
- McCollum shot 38.9 percent on pull-up 3-pointers, the second best mark (behind Curry) among players who attempted at least 100.
- Mason Plumlee recorded an assist on 21.6 percent of his possessions, up from 9.2 percent last season. That was the biggest increase among players who logged at least 1,000 minutes each year.
- Griffin missed the last two meetings, while C.J. McCollum missed the third meeting because of a lineup card snafu.
- Jeff Green wasn’t with the Clippers until the final meeting, but played in five games vs. Portland this season. Only Andrew Wiggins (31.9 percent) shot worse than Green (33.3 percent) on at least 50 shots against the Blazers.
- Only Ish Smith (30.2 percent) shot worse than Lillard (32.4 percent) on at least 50 shots against the Clippers.
- The Blazers’ 95.6 points scored per 100 possessions was their tied for their lowest OffRtg vs. any opponent.
- Over the four games, the Clippers were a plus-29 in the first half and the Blazers were a plus-12 in the second half.
- Jordan’s average of 16.5 rebounds per game was his highest vs. any Western Conference opponent. The Blazers are one of two teams that he had four double-doubles against.
- Paul (1-for-10) and Austin Rivers (2-for-9) combined to shoot 3-for-19 from 3-point range.