The Toronto Raptors failed to clear the victory in Los Angeles after receiving a loss from the Los Angeles Clipers with a score of 98-88. Host victory is not easily obtained. They can only take advantage in the fourth quarter by utilizing the effectiveness of the shot (eFG%) and the percentage of offensive rebounds.
Contribution of Reserve Players in the Fourth Quarter
The depth of the quality of the Clippers players is seen in this fight, especially in the fourth quarter. The reserve players become the actors of the rise of the team. Only Kawhi Leonard is a core player who has more minutes to play than anyone else. Patrick Beverly played only at the last minute. Even Patrick Petterson, Ivica Zubac, and Landry Shamet were not dropped by Doc Rivers in the quarter.
However, the Clippers’ performance actually increases when the reserve players play. They – along with Leonard – managed to score 25 points and suppress the productivity of the Raptors by only producing 10 points.
Even so, Leonard appeared less than optimal in terms of attack. He has an attack efficiency below the team average. Leonard only has a shot effectiveness of 33.3 percent from 3 shot attempts. The former Raptors player also made two mistakes which led to a counterattack ( turnover ).
Fortunately, Leonard showed his ability to survive. He managed to suppress the efficiency of the opponent’s attack by only conceding 0.4 numbers on each mastery. Other defensive performance was shown with 6 defensive rebounds and 2 steals.
Clippers reserve players close the maximum performance of Leonard’s attack. They have an average attack efficiency of 1.06 points on each mastery. In addition, they also contribute to the low efficiency of Raptors attacks. They only enter an average of 0.39 points on each opponent’s mastery.
Montrezl Harrell became the best player in the fourth quarter. It contributes to attack and defense performance by having a net efficiency of 58.3. Harrell scored one point per mastery using 15.2 percent USG%.
Senter-forwarda nomination for the Sixth Man of the Year 2019 was also a major contributor to the Clippers defense. He was able to get 5 defensive rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, by only doing 1 violation.
Offensive Rebound Percentage Factor and Turnover Percentage
In this fight, the Raptors displayed a very poor defensive rebound performance so the Clippers had the opportunity to produce higher numbers. It was successfully utilized by the Clippers to produce 15 points from the second chance. In fact, in the second half, the Clippers had a very impressive offensive rebound percentage, which is 51 percent of 31 chance rebounds. The number of offensive rebounds the Clippers outperformed the number of defensive rebounds of the Raptors.
Clippers do have a higher turnover percentage than the Raptors. However, the turnover generated in the Clippers’ live ball situation was lower, resulting in a lower productivity of the Raptors figures derived from the turnover .
Therefore, we should not underestimate the quality of the Clippers reserve players. They have the ability to be appropriate like a core player. The match against the Raptors is proof.