Clippers coach Doc Rivers isn’t a fan of NBA’s advanced statistics

first_imgThe Brooklyn Nets led the league in pace at 108.5 going into the start of business Friday, but had a lackluster 3-5 record. The Lakers followed the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic, with the Philadelphia 76ers rounding out the top five. Of the five, only Orlando (6-2) had a winning record.The Clippers (5-2) were 18th in pace, but were atop the Western Conference standings.LONG DISTANCEThe Clippers have found their comfort zone, and it’s beyond the 3-point arc. They’re shooting 39.1 percent from 3-point range going into Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center, seventh-best in the league going into Friday’s slate of games.Last season, they shot 37.5 percent.Patrick Beverley leads the Clippers by shooting 51.4 percent (18 of 35). Fellow guard Austin Rivers is shooting 45.2 (14 of 31), followed by power forward Blake Griffin at 43.2 percent (16 of 37). Danilo Gallinari is shooting only 29.5 percent (13 of 44), the lowest of the Clippers’ high-volume shooters.Doc Rivers expects the team’s percentage to improve once Gallinari finds his rhythm.“We’ve got three starters in the mid-40s from 3, that’s a heck of a sign for your basketball team,” Doc Rivers said, “and maybe your best shooter, ‘Gallo,’ isn’t making them yet, so that’s a good sign for us. I just think everybody is taking their shots. It’s been good.”INSTANT IMPACTMontrezl Harrell has played in only four of the Clippers’ seven games so far, but he’s made an impact in each appearance with his energy and ability. Harrell, a 6-foot-8 forward/center, is averaging 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game, modest totals, to be sure.“’Trezz’ doesn’t play every night,” Doc Rivers said, referring to Harrell by his nickname. “He doesn’t know when he’s going to play, but every time you put him in, he’s ready to play. That’s hard to do. It’s hard to say, ‘Turn the energy on.’ I don’t know how you do that, honestly.“I don’t know how he does it, but he does it. More important to me, he stays mentally ready. He knows what we’re doing when he gets on the floor. That’s impressive.” What’s the most important aspect of pace, as Rivers defines it?“For us, it’s movement,” he said.Running and shooting within a certain number of seconds on the 24-second clock is not a factor, though.“No, no, no,” Rivers said. “If it’s open, I’m good with that, but no.”Pace as a statistic is one of a number of advanced metrics found on websites like NBA.com and ESPN.com and, like many of the others, its day-to-day value for players and coaches is open for debate. It certainly isn’t an indicator of success in the standings, though. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PLAYA VISTA — Coach Doc Rivers said Friday he likes the Clippers’ pace of play so far this season. He’s not sure about the true value of NBA.com’s pace statistic, which is something entirely different from the actual speed of the game, although there are elements of that in determining a team’s number.Pace, as defined by Rivers, is moving bodies and the ball around the court as efficiently as possible. Pace, as defined by NBA.com, is the number of possessions per game.“You’ve got to be careful with the pace thing because there’s a lot of teams that score a lot of points that are low in pace,” Rivers said when asked if he monitors the statistic on the league’s website. “Pace means a lot of different things, including when you cross halfcourt.“We just find our own pace. We know what it is when we see it and when we don’t.”last_img read more

Roma ask Liverpool to name their price for unwanted defender

first_imgRoma have asked Liverpool to name their price for unwanted left-back Alberto Moreno, according to reports in Italy.The 24-year-old Spaniard spent most of last season on the substitute’s bench after losing his place in the side to James Milner and looks certain to leave Anfield this summer.Reports have suggested Roma’s newly appointed Director of Football, Monchi, has set his sights on the former Sevilla defender and plans to bring him to the Stadio Olimpico.According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma discussed a possible transfer for Moreno during negotiations for Mohamed Salah’s sale to the Merseyside club for £36.9million.Liverpool have yet to strengthen their defensive options this summer and could prove unwilling to let Moreno depart before recruiting a replacement.The Premier League side’s pursuit of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton has been suspended after issuing an apology for an alleged illegal approach. 1 The 24-year-old Spaniard spent most of last season on the substitute’s bench last_img read more