The Warriors won the first game of their opening round series against the Clippers on Saturday afternoon, but the folks in L.A. shouldn't be too concerned. After all, it's not every day that their bench combines for 26 points on 8-for-30 shooting from the floor [...]
It wasn’t long ago that Goran Dragic was considered expendable. Jeff Hornacek made his intention to employ a two point guard backcourt of Dragic and summer trade prize Eric Bledsoe well-known before the season, but most league followers deemed that decision wildly optimistic and even outright naive.
No team in the NBA has a more athletic front-court than the L.A. Clippers, and Doc Rivers sure has taken advantage of that. While Blake Griffin continues to expand his game and propel himself into the MVP conversation, DeAndre Jordan sticks to his guns by being the backbone of the teams defense and letting everyone else do the hard work for him on the offensive end.
Chris Paul is Iron-Crutch Li, a man who made the most of a body that wasn't his and restored life to others.
Somewhere between the time he jumped “over” a kia in 2011 and Chris Paul separated his shoulder on January 3rd, Blake Griffin’s game was taken for granted. Not his highlights, of course. The jaw-dropping dunks that made Griffin a superstar his rookie year came more frequently than ever. But the crux behind his eroding reputation as a player had as much to do with those posterizations and alley-oops as any sudden deficiencies. Was Griffin, he of dropping raw statistics for consecutive seasons, really much more than the league’s best dunker?
On Thursday night, we were treated to another thriller: an overtime game between a pair of elite teams in the West. On one side, there were the Clippers - a team lead by the league's best point guard in Chris Paul, as well as one of the best power forwards in Blake Griffin. On the other side, there were the Blazers - the most surprising team thus far in the NBA season, lead by someone who many believe has been better than Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as Damian Lillard, a potential all-star in just his second year in the league.
It's time for some fun with the SportVU player tracking data! Which players have the most assist opportunities per game, and which of those players see the largest percentage of those passes lead to made baskets?