The question looming over everything DeRozan does is whether he can sustain it

If DeRozan averaged 34 points across nine games in February, we’d note his hot shooting streak, but do little more than that. Since he started the year like this, though, it’s impossible not to wonder if he can carry on.

Nine games is a small sample size, and much too Rudy Gobert Authentic Womens Jersey small to predict another 73 games’ worth of results. DeRozan’s mid-range percentages are almost guaranteed to fall — 55 percent is just too high for that 8-to-24-foot range. Kevin Durant led the league from that area last year with a 49 percent mark on several fewer attempts than DeRozan is taking this year.

The Clippers are holding opponents to a league-best 40.9 percent shooting, a lesser Trey Burke Authentic Womens Jersey percentage than what Jordan shoots from the foul line (45.5 percent). That’s because DJ is one of the NBA’s best rim protectors.

Players attacking the rim while Jordan is manning the middle have made only 32-of-79 shots (40.5 percent), and his 20 blocks on the season are good for fifth-best in the NBA. That inside presence allows the Clippers to aggressively defend the perimeter, limiting opponents to just 22.6 three-point attempts per game, fourth-fewest in the NBA.

Defense leading to offense
“The defense is so good right now our offense is allowed easy baskets,” coach Doc Rivers said. “They’re angry when the other team scores.”

Los Angeles’ two-pronged defense makes it the second-best team in transition, behind Trey Lyles Authentic Womens Jersey only the Warriors in points per fast break play (1.25). The Clippers have six players shooting 50 percent or better in transition, and they’re even deadlier when they get into their halfcourt offense.

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