The two teams clearly have different objectives for this season and while the Clippers are expected to contend in a tough Western Conference, the 76ers are in the midst of a rebuilding process. Despite the fact that the team led by Doc Rivers won 94-83, the Clips will need to improve their offensive execution if they want to make noise this year.
Even though Blake Griffin – 26 points, three blocks – and Chris Paul – 25 points, 13 assists – had solid outings and carried the offense especially in the second half, the team as a whole was never able to get into a good offensive rhythm. The Clippers shot 42 percent from the field and were especially abysmal from beyond the arc, scoring only five of their 27 attempts.
Luckily for Los Angeles, the Sixers weren’t even worse on the offensive side of the ball. The absence of rookie Michael Carter-Williams really hurt the team’s chances and with Tony Wroten unable to lead the offense against one of the toughest defenses in the NBA, the Sixers never had a chance to pull the upset even though they set up a rally late in the fourth quarter. The fact that they shot only 36 percent from the field was a sign of how uncomfortable they felt on the floor and that increased the Clippers’ chances of winning the game.
It’s always tough to win on the road so the Clippers are happy to come away with a positive outcome out of this game. But they need to focus and improve their offensive execution if they want to maintain their contending status this season.