Uncharacteristically inefficient Los Angeles Clippers are struggling to find their way on offense

Clippers guard J.J. Redick shoots over Jazz forward Joe Ingles during second half action on Oct. 30.

Clippers guard J.J. Redick shoots over Jazz forward Joe Ingles during second half action on Oct. 30.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

They claimed not to be worried about a Clippers offense that has been mostly disjointed through four games.

They maintained that the shots the Clippers are missing at an alarmingly high rate will start to fall.

They said they have talked about how to fix their problems so that the Clippers can return to their efficient offensive ways of past seasons.

After another “frustrating night” of inept offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at Staples Center, the Clippers said they can and will repair their offense.

“We’ve missed shots that I think we’ll make eventually,” Coach Doc Rivers said in the aftermath of an 85-83 Clippers loss. “I’m not worried about that. I don’t like our pace at times. I thought [Wednesday night] we went to back to that slow down, walk the ball up, start your offense late. That’s not what we want to do either. But, um, no, I’m not that concerned.”


Only once have the Clippers made as many as 50% of their shots, and that was against the Phoenix Suns. Otherwise, they have missed shot after shot after shot.

They made 39.1% against the Thunder, 41% against the Utah Jazz and 40.7% against the Portland Trail Blazers.

They’ve made only 42.4% overall, ranking them 24th in the NBA in field-goal percentage.

“Me and Doc just talked about it,” Chris Paul noted Wednesday after the Clippers’ first loss.

“In actuality, our second unit offense has been really good. Our [first] unit, the one that’s usually clicking on all cylinders, I know that that can be fixed. So that’s why I’m optimistic. I’m actually more excited about our defense and how well we’ve been playing defense. The offense is something where we’ve got a ton of scorers. We’ll figure it out.”

The Clippers are averaging only 100.3 points a game, 22nd in the NBA.

In the last three seasons, the Clippers were among the most efficient offensive teams in the NBA, ranking sixth in offensive efficiency last season and first in the previous two.

This season, they rank 23rd.

“We’ve just got to get the timing in and play with a better pace,” Paul said. “It’s a lot of stuff that I could say that you [reporters] might not understand. We’ve got to figure it out.”

Paul and Blake Griffin discussed the team’s offensive woes after Wednesday’s loss.

“He said if offense is the thing that we’re worried about then we’re in good shape,” Griffin said. “Every year I think for the past four or five years, we’ve probably been in the top three in offensive efficiency. So, it’s not something that’s impossible to correct. I think it’ll come. But it needs to come sooner rather than later.”

Is it puzzling that their offense is out of sorts?

“A little bit,” Griffin said. “Some of it is just missing shots. I think we’re missing the easy shots.”



When: Friday, 5 p.m. PDT.

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Records: Clippers 3-1; Grizzlies 3-2.

Record vs. Grizzlies: 2-1 (2015-16).

Update: Chris Paul needs eight assists to pass Randy Smith to become the Clippers’ all-time leader. The Grizzlies have a new coach in David Fizdale, and center Marc Gasol, averaging 16.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, is back after sitting out the last 30 games of last season because of a right foot injury.

After signing the richest contract in NBA history, a five-year deal worth $153 million, guard Mike Conley leads the Grizzlies in points [19.8] and assists [5.8]. Zach Randolph is still effective in a reserve role. He’s third on the team in scoring [13.2] and first in rebounds [8.0].

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