The Clips rank at or near the bottom in several key areas. Through last night's games, the Clips rank 29th in the league in defensive efficiency giving up 110.8 points per 100 possessions. Only Phoenix is worse. The league average is 104. Their defensive eFG% allowed is the worst in the league at 53.5% vs the league average of 49.5%. Offensively, the Clips rank #25 in offensive efficiency at 100.8. Milwaukee is worst in the league at 97.2. The Clips turn the ball over more than league average and shoot worse from the 3 point line.
Believe it or not, the Clips are making progress on offense. In 10 of the past 14 games, their offensive efficiency has exceeded the league average. Against Utah, for example, they scored 97 points on 88 possessions for an offensive efficiency rating of 110.2. The trend line is up with the inspired offensive play of EJ and BG.
Defensively, it's another story. Against Utah the Clips had a very bad defensive efficiency rating of 123.9 (109 points divided by 88 possessions). The Clips continue to play very poor defense because they are playing lots of rookies, don't guard the 3 point line and have never found a suitable replacement for Camby on the defensive end. As good as BG is on the offensive end, he has lots to learn defensively. Yesterday, Utah was a perfect 15 for 15 at the rim. The Clips were 11 of 18 at the rim. There's the difference in the game right there. We have no big on the bench who has a clue about playing D.