SportVU Series Preview: Thunder vs. Clippers
The Clippers and Thunder tip off their Western Conference Semifinal series on Monday in Oklahoma City (9:30 ET, TNT) in a matchup of the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the West. The teams split their season series 2-2 and both enter the Conference Semis after being pushed to a Game 7 in the first round.
Using SportVU data from the four regular season games, we examine the top matchups in this series. Who did the Clippers use to defend Kevin Durant? Who has the edge in the point guard matchup between Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook? Who did the Thunder use to guard Blake Griffin? Check out the stats below to find the answers to those questions and more.
Top Matchups | Durant's Primary Matchups (Offense) | Jordan's Primary Matchups (Defense) | Paul vs. Westbrook |
Griffin's Primary Matchups (Offense) | Crawford and Redick | Drives Allowed
|R. Westbrook||C. Paul||29:26||4||6-23||26||0-6||0||5||8-12||15||0||2||20|
|C. Paul||R. Westbrook||26:00||0||2-6||33||0-2||0||5||2-2||8||0||1||6|
|S. Ibaka||B. Griffin||22:42||2||9-16||56||0-0||0||2||0-0||1||1||0||18|
|B. Griffin||S. Ibaka||22:37||3||14-35||40||1-1||100||8||0-1||0||4||0||29|
|R. Jackson||D. Collison||19:40||1||4-18||22||2-6||33||1||3-4||9||0||1||13|
In four games versus the Clippers this season, Kevin Durant spent the majority of his time being covered by Jared Dudley and Matt Barnes. Durant shot a combined 19-of-43 (44%) versus both defenders. Memphis saw success defending Durant with Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince in the first round, as Durant shot a combined 37-of-92 (40%) in his two primary matchups.
|Jared Dudley||Matt Barnes|
|FGM-FGA||9-21 (43%)||10-22 (45%)|
|3FGM-3FGA||1-4 (25%)||2-5 (40%)|
|FTM-FTA||5-6 (83%)||6-6 (100%)|
DeAndre Jordan spent most of his time guarding Steven Adams (13:28), Kendrick Perkins (9:58), and Serge Ibaka (8:19).
|Steven Adams||Kendrick Perkins||Serge Ibaka|
|FGM-FGA||2-3 (67%)||3-4 (75%)||8-14 (57%)|
Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook spent the majority of their time on the court being guarded by each other.
In four games versus Oklahoma City, Griffin was primarily guarded by Serge Ibaka (22:37), but he was also guarded by Nick Collison (8:06), Kevin Durant (6:26), and Steven Adams (4:19) for over four minutes. Griffin scored a combined 47 points on 21-of-56 shooting (38%) in those matchups.
Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick each played in three games versus the Thunder this season. In those games, they attempted a combined 40 3-pointers, including 33 in the half-court.
|Defender||FGM-FGA (FG%)||3FGM-3FGA (3FG%)||eFG%|
|Thabo Sefolosha||8-17 (47%)||2-6 (33%)||53%|
|Jeremy Lamb||4-11 (36%)||2-4 (50%)||45%|
|Russell Westbrook||2-9 (22%)||2-9 (22%)||33%|
|Derek Fisher||6-9 (67%)||2-5 (40%)||78%|
|Kevin Durant||4-8 (50%)||2-5 (40%)||63%|
|Other||7-17 (41%)||2-4 (50%)||47%|
|Russell Westbrook||Chris Paul||15|
|Kevin Durant||Jared Dudley||10|
|Reggie Jackson||Darren Collison||9|
|Kevin Durant||Matt Barnes||9|
|Chris Paul||Russell Westbrook||8|
|Darren Collison||Reggie Jackson||6|
|Kevin Durant||Reggie Bullock||5|