The Los Angeles Clippers have often looked like one of the best teams in the league early on in the 2013-14 NBA season. Their offense, when clicking, is one of the most productive and entertaining units in the entire league. Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers was not a night when their offense was clicking.
Against Cleveland, the Clippers put up only 82 points on the night with none of their starters putting up more than 13 points on the evening. Moreover, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford only shot a combined 12-46 from the field. As a team, the Clips weren’t much better as they shot only 32.2 percent from the floor and just 20 percent from long-range.
Given Cleveland’s struggles, some people might look at how the Clippers performed on Saturday night and think that this team has some problems. However, when you look at the grand scheme and how this game really played out, there’s really nothing for this team to be worried about going forward.
This team is clearly one of the best offensive teams in the league. After Saturday, Los Angeles ranks fourth in the league in terms of offensive efficiency, putting up 106.1 points per 100 possessions. In addition to that, this Clippers team may have had a few stumbles against the Cavs, but a lot of their struggles offensively really resulted from good shots simply not falling, which will happen every once in a while.
The Clippers are still playing without J.J. Redick, which obviously takes a big offensive weapon away from them. There are going to be some games where this team, who isn’t perfect, simply slips up. However, that doesn’t mean we should overreact to it, though. When the season wears on and this Clippers team keeps playing with the talent that they have, we’ll all see that they are just fine.