Lob City Likes to Jump but Not Run

Published on 23-Apr-2013 by The Guy

Basketball - NBA    NBA Daily Review

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Lob City Likes to Jump but Not Run

When Chris Paul joined Blake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, and the rest of the 'Lob City' Clippers, basketball fans everywhere expected fireworks night after night.

Two years have passed since then, and the quality of dunks has not disappointed. Griffin has thrown the ball through the hoop off perfect lobs time and time again, and Jordan recently made Brandon Knight his bitch on one of the most ferocious dunks in recent memory.

But for all the talk about getting out on the break and making highlight reel plays, the quantity has been lacking. Sure, the Clippers dunk a lot, but they don't run a lot. Contrary to popular belief, this is a team that often plays at a snail-like pace and takes 23½ seconds off the shot clock. 

The average number of possessions in an NBA game is about 96, and over the last two years the Clippers have averaged just 93.9. They've been outside the Top 20 in pace in each of those seasons, and are actually built more like a defense-oriented Eastern Conference team.

There's no question that Chris Paul and the rest of the additions have made the Clippers a good basketball team, but it's also hard to argue with the fact that they can seem quite boring at times.