Clippers' attacking style is paying off, even at the free-throw line

Clippers' attacking style is paying off, even at the free-throw line
Clippers backup point guard Raymond Felton drives past Pistons forward Jon Leuer for a layup during their game on Nov. 25. (Duane Burleson / Associated Press)

All those free throws the Clippers attempt and make has become another staple of their efficient offense.

Because they attack with vigor and because of their high offensive pace, the Clippers led the NBA in free throws made (22.6 per game) and attempted (30.1) before they played the Detroit Piston on Friday night.


Although they are ranked 20th in free-throw shooting percentage at 75.3%, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said "it's important for us" keep attacking the rim so they can put more pressure on the defense.

Blake Griffin is 10th in the NBA in free throw attempts (7.8 per game) and Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan are tied for 24th (5.3).

Jamal Crawford is ranked 10th in free throw-percentage (91.4%), J.J. Redick is 12th (91.1%) and Chris Paul is 19th in (88.1%). Griffin is shooting 77.6% from the free-throw line and Jordan 50%.

"And we know if we get to line, with the way we play defense, we can be a better defensive team," Rivers said. "It allows us to set our defense every time. Some of that is DJ, but that's way down, the Hack-a-DJ stuff. A lot of it is our guards getting to the paint, Blake driving more. And that's good for us."

The Clippers attempted 26 free throws against Detroit, making 20 of them. The Pistons were only five of seven from the line.

Football outing

Rivers is big on team events and outings together. He sees it as a way for the team to bond.

So when the Clippers all went to see Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Redskins on Thursday at AT&T Stadium, Rivers said it was great for all of them to be together on Thanksgiving Day.

"It was one of our better ones," Rivers said. "What helped is we had a bunch of Cowboys fans and some bandwagon guys. But we had a lot of Cowboys fans on our team. It's just one of those teams they like. Chris and DJ and those guys really got excited about it.

"And it was fun. They treated us great, to be able to get on the field and meet some of those guys. It was pretty cool."

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