- Tom Haberstroh
The star power on the court in Wednesday's game between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers can only be properly harnessed on the Hollywood stage, so it's fitting that the battle will be played in Los Angeles. Grab your popcorn, find your favorite spot on the couch and clear out the evening agenda because you're about to see fireworks on the hardwood.
These two teams are offensive juggernauts. Led by a basketball magician in Paul and a rim abuser in Griffin, the Clippers have posted a blistering 105.9 offensive efficiency, which is tied for third in the league. Meanwhile, the Heat are right behind them at 104.8 points per 100 possessions, even without Wade for much of the first two weeks of the season.
But looking down from the treetops, that is where the similarities end. The Heat are title favorites right now and the Clippers are fighting to stay in the conversation. Why the separation?
In a word: defense.
Tom Haberstroh writes that the offenses of the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers have both teams in the "contenders" discussion. But while Miami has the defensive chops to go with its offensive success, the Clips are seriously lacking on D.