They talked about how porous the Clippers’ defense was, how they didn’t play together as a unit on defense, how they didn’t help each other.
That more than anything is why the Clippers fell apart in the fourth quarter of their 121-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night.
1. Basically, the Clippers didn’t defend much at all during the final 12 minutes.
They allowed the 76ers to make 63.2% of their shots in the fourth quarter — 12 of 19 field goals when the game still stood in the balance.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, the team’s defensive signal-caller, described what his team lacked while blowing a 19-point lead in the third quarter.
“It’s not being on a string,” Jordan said Tuesday night. “It’s not being connected. Not being in the right coverage. Not being pulled over on the weak side.
“When we’re playing the right way, we’re all connected on a string, all five on offense and defense. When we’re not, if one person is off, two people are off, then it throws our whole chemistry off.”
2. The Clippers were knocking down three-pointers like they were layups against the 76ers, shooting 52.9% (18 for 34) from three-point range.
They made 12 three-pointers in the first half — on 19 attempts — which tied a franchise record for most three-pointers in any half.
J.J. Redick was five for 10 from three-point range, Austin Rivers four for seven, Jamal Crawford six for nine and Marreese Speights three for five.
3. The Clippers’ starting backcourt of Redick and Rivers combined for 44 points. Redick had 22 points on six-of-15 shooting, and Rivers had 20 on seven-of-15 shooting.
4. Jordan had another strong rebounding game: 20 rebounds, six on offense.
It meant that Jordan had collected 20 or more rebounds for the eighth time this season. He has 38 career games with 20 or more rebounds, eighth-most among all players since 1983-84.
5. Crawford was back dancing again with the basketball, back dropping shots from all over the Wells Fargo Center court.
Crawford is officially over his shooting slump.
He led the Clippers with 27 points on nine-of-14 shooting and he went six for nine on three-pointers.
A clear sign that Crawford had his groove back occurred when he was fouled shooting a three-pointer. The Clippers’ guard, one of the best at drawing fouls when shooting a three, made all three of his free throws.
Crawford made a season-high six three-pointers. He has made 1,990 three-pointers over his 17-year career, pushing him past Jason Kidd (1,988) for sixth place on the NBA’s all-time list for three-pointers made.