Over at SB Nation, Drew Garrison does a great breakdown of how much attention the Los Angeles Clippers are paying Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley off the pick-and-roll. Here’s a blurb from the post:
First and foremost, they need to stop converging on Mike Conley. All the attention paid to him has opened the floor for Memphis from beyond the arc and in the mid-range. Conley, a 44 percent shooter from the field through the season, is shooting only 39 percent in the series. Nevertheless, L.A. is leaving shooters open to trap him, and Conley has taken advantage by finding other people. He is averaging 9.3 assists through four games in the playoffs.
Outside of his phenomenal game 2 performance, Mike Conley has been average offensively. As Garrison wrote he’s rebounding well, but his shooting numbers aren’t well at all. Per NBA Stats, Conley’s shooting 58.3 percent from the restricted area while struggling from everywhere else (20% in the non-restricted paint area, 28.6% from mid-range and 21.4% on above the break 3s).
With a few days between games 4 and 5 and more than enough time to focus on adjustments it’ll be interesting to see if they continue to see if they play Conley the same or go about things the way Garrison pointed out. Could be the deciding factor in whether they walk away a winner or loser in this seris.