As we try to do every season here at Clips Nation, we're running a series of "exit interviews" of this year's Los Angeles Clippers. An overview of all 15 Clippers who finished the 2012-2013 season on the roster. In this edition: Ronny Turiaf.
Before we tip off on Game 1 of the Clippers-Memphis series, I wanted to respond to a recent J.A. Adande article that ESPN published, in which he analyzed the series.
It wasn't the most beautiful affair, especially defensively, but a win is a win. The future Pelicans are a team with a bright future, but a bright future can't win you games. It takes talent to win games, and the Clippers have more of it.
The Clippers haven't been as good in 2013 as they were in 2012. The record shows it, and the data (team ORtg and DRtg) supports this notion. Some think it's because the Clippers' bench isn't dominating like they were. Well, I think they're wrong.
Despite missing their 6th and 7th men off the bench, in Jamal Crawford and Eric "I Spell My Name Wrong" Bledsoe, the Clippers had no trouble dispatching with the troublesome Bobcats Bobs, the team with the worst record in the NBA.
Well, we're exactly halfway through the season (or we were, when I pulled my data), and so I decided to update my MEGASTAT formula.
On January 19, 2012, Henry Abbot wrote a fantastic article about how NBA champions no longer play their stars heavy minutes. I stumbled upon this article, and noticed that it is particularly relevant to this year's Clipper squad.
Recently, in a December game against the Sacramento Kings, I was able to have a short chat with Clipper Video Intern, Natalie Nakase, asking about the Clippers' improved defense. She was quick to give credit to new assistant coach, Bob Ociepka.
FYI: Solid source says Clips discussed trading Jordan 4 Varajeo B4 it was known he needs knee surgery. Cavs demanded Bledsoe as well. Twitter @PeterVecsey1from Peter Vecsey's Twitter account
Thus far in the season, the Warriors seemed to have figured out the Clippers. In the past two meetings, they played with much more intensity, completely obliterating the Clippers on the glass, and unsurprisingly winning both games.
Recently, I noticed the minutes played (or lack thereof) by the Clippers' stars. It got me thinking: of the elite teams, how much are the other stars playing? And how much might this affect their performance at the end of the season?
In one of the other threads, I noticed a number of comments expressing concern that the Clippers were relying too much on their bench. This concern, which I've shared at times, inspired me to dig a little deeper into the subject, and to see what the
After following up a two-game losing streak with a pair of wins against San Antonio and Portland, the Clippers were able to come away with victory against the Atlanta Hawks by playing suffocating defense, primarily in the second half.
John Hollinger, ESPN stats guru and inventor of PER (Player Efficiency Rating), has recently posted a number of NBA team season forecasts, and this is my response to those forecasts for the Western Conference, top 8 seeds.
One of the most dynamic players on the Clippers, bringing both youth and athleticism to a backcourt filled with savvy veterans, Eric Bledsoe has some high expectations after a breakout playoff performance last season.
DJ messing with CP3 during a timeout at the Utah preseason game.
When I heard we were writing Player Previews, I jumped at the chance to write about Ronny Turiaf. I think he's vastly underrated. Ronny has always been a productive player in limited minutes, which is exactly what the Clippers need in their 4th big.
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Using a combination of ESPN Rankings, minutes played, PER, Win Shares, Wins Produced, and MEGASTATs for each NBA player, I have weighted their contributions to create team rankings in sortable charts. Check it out!
My Cardboard Cutout of Corey Maggette and I have put our heads together to create a guide to the new Clips Nation format. We included pictures of the old Clips Nation to illustrate the changes, as well as descriptions of some of the new features.
Clipsnation's own Erik O discovers a startling reality regarding the Lakers (and the Nets) and next year's prohibitive luxury tax penalties. Is there anyway the Laker's payroll is sustainable?