Los Angeles Clippers Status Check:
Road Record: 0-11
Last game: Lost 105-91 @ Philadelphia
Last 10 Games: 2-8
PPG: 95.6 (22nd)
Opponents PPG: 101.8 (20th)
Offensive Rating: 103.0 (24th)
Defensive Rating: 109.6 (20th)
Pace: 91.8 (17th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .482 (22nd)
Turnover Percentage: .155 (29th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .747 (12th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .290 (8th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .237 (15th)
Opp. eFG%: .508 (21st)
Opp. TO%: .128 (25th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .262 (24th)
Stats from Basketball-Reference.com.
Statistically, the Clippers are awful.
They haven’t won on the road.
They’ve lost eight of their last 10 games.
They have the worst record in the league.
And did I mention that their coach is Vinny Del Negro?
By every indication, the Clippers are a team in complete and utter disarray. But the Bulls should beware the trap game. No, really. I’m being serious.
Check out the Clippers’ last eight games:
Won versus Spurs 90-85
Lost at Denver 109-104
Lost at Portland 100-91
Won versus Kings 98-91
Lost versus Lakers 87-86
Lost versus Grizzlies 84-83
Lost versus Magic 94-85
Lost at Philly 105-91
Sure, their loss to the Sixers was a bad one. But they beat the Spurs, who have the best record in the league. They were only one point and a tough last-second shot by Derek Fisher away from beating the defending champion Lakers. They were also only one point away from beating the Memphis Grizzlies, who are on a four-game winning streak and have been playing really well lately. And they’ve been holding some high-scoring teams below their season averages.
Believe it or not, the Clippers have been playing hard.
It’s not that surprising. For all his faults as a coach — and there are many — Del Negro usually got the Bulls to give a solid effort when he was coaching in Chicago.
Plus, let’s face it, Blake Griffin has been tearing things up. Check out his game log: He has 19 double-doubles in 26 games. He has 13 double-doubles in his last 13 games. What’s more, he already has a season’s worth of highlights and inspired excited basketball fans to coin the term Mosgov’d.
The Clippers are also getting strong play out of Eric Gordon. Gordon currently ranks 10th in PPG (24.1) and 5th in free throw attempts (217). This kid is getting to the line nine times a game and converting 80 percent of his foul shots, which makes up (in part) for his poor three-point shooting (26.7 percent).
However, after those two guys, the Clippers are pretty thin. Chris Kaman, their starting center, is out with a sprained left ankle. Baron Davis (8.3 PPG, 34% FGA, 18% 3P%) is playing so poorly you almost can’t blame Donald Sterling for heckling him. And after that — Eric Bledsoe (7.9 PPG, 44% FGP), Ryan Gomes (7.1 PPG, 38% FPG), Rasual Butler (6.5 PPG, 34% FGP) — it only gets worse.
So I guess that, in theory, there’s no better team to go against in the team’s first Joakim Noah-less game than the Clippers.
Random stats: In four career games versus the Clippers, Derrick Rose has gone 31-for-74 from the field (41 percent). Meanwhile, in his last five games against the Clips, Carlos Boozer has averaged 22.2 PPG on 55 percent shooting (45-for-81) while grabbing 12.4 RPG. Boozington versus Griffin should be quite a battle.
Let’s hope Carlos isn’t Mosgov’d.