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Magnets affect Clippers

One type of player I have seen give a lot of trouble to the Clippers is the category: big men with range. These guys either get a lot of open looks or pull the Clippers' shot blockers away from the paint.

Many Clippers fans already have a list of these players in their head: Al Jefferson, Mehmet Okur, Josh Smith, Al Harrington, LaMarcus Aldridge, and many more.

The Heat team they are about to go toe-to-toe with features 2 of these "magnets" in their starting lineup: Chris Bosh and Zydrunas Ilgauskas

In addition to pulling away shot blockers, the Heat have some of the best finisher in the NBA in James and Wade. As many have mentioned, it will be crucial that the Clippers bigs stay away from foul trouble (via failed block attempts) if the Clippers are to have a chance to beat the Heat.

At the moment, the Heat have the least shots blocked against them. Opponents only block 2.7 of the Heat's shots a game. The 2nd best team in that category is a distant margin away at 3.6 (Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks).

The Clippers are only 15th in the league in the shots they block (4.9 a game). Still, over the last 4 games Jordan has averaged 5.5 blocks a game which would tie him with Miami for 9th place in team's shot blocks per game.*

If there were ever a test for DeAndre Jordan's shot challenging ability, this game woud be his MCAT.

 

*All stats in this post are via ESPN

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