LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 16: Austin Rivers #25 of the LA Clippers goes up for a lay up against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 16, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
It was a pretty awful night for Oklahoma City with the Thunder getting blown out on the road by the Los Angeles Clippers. With it being a second night of a back-to-back, and Steven Adams out with a concussion, it was a perfect opportunity for the Clippers to take advantage and get a big win at home. Here are some interesting numbers that led to the rough loss for Oklahoma City:
DeAndre Jordan pulled down 15 total rebounds, including five of those being offensive boards. With Adams out, it was no secret Jordan would feast down low on the class.
As a team, Oklahoma City was a -22 in the plus/minus category and it showed big time on the court. Thunder lacked energy from the beginning and fell behind fast, partly also because of some terrible defense and lackadaisical turnovers.
To build onto the plus/minus category, the Thunder’ starters were a -88 as a total in tonight’s 22 point loss. The only Oklahoma City players that were a positive in the plus/minus category tonight was Cameron Payne, and yep you guessed it, Kyle Singler.
With the Adams absence, Jerami Grant was thrown into the starting lineup and played 33 minutes. It was a pretty good night from the Syracuse product, who showed off some nice range from outside, hitting three of his four attempted three-pointers. If Grant can continue to improve that outside shot, he will continue to play big minutes, even when Adams is back.
As many close games Oklahoma City has been apart of this season, tonight was not one of those games. There was only one time the lead changed hands and that was in the opening minutes in the first quarter. It was all Clippers from there on out.
The Clippers had everything going for much of the night, and they were on fire from the floor, shooting 55 percent. It seemed they were getting either an open three or DeAndre dunk on every possession. Clippers also shot 43 percent from beyond the arc as a team tonight.
Not only did the defense miss Steven Adams, but Oklahoma City’s rebounding ability was a lot worse with Adams out. The Clippers out-rebounded the Thunder by 11, even though Oklahoma City is one of the best rebounding teams in the league. The Clippers grabbed 37 defensive rebounds along with 10 offensive boards.
The Clippers also moved the ball well, as they racked up 27 assists. They were getting tons of penetration on dribble drives, which often ended in open three-pointers or Jordan slams dunks.
Oklahoma City lost their 18th game of the season on Monday night. They are now tied for the sixth seed with the Memphis Grizzlies but only four games out of the fourth seed where the Clippers are at, as of now.
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