GAME 4 FEATURED MATCHUP: JAMAL CRAWFORD VS JERRYD BAYLESS

Jamal Crawford vs. Jerryd Bayless

MEMPHIS – In each of the three games in the series, there has been a distinct difference in bench production.

What each of the teams get from their reserve corps has been somewhat of an unknown, particularly after a Game 3 in which Jamal Crawford, the runner-up for Sixth Man of the Year, finished with just 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting.

For the Clippers, they have gotten boosts from Crawford, Eric Bledsoe, Matt Barnes and others at times in the series. Memphis, on the other hand, has received limited production from their bench as a whole, but had one breakthrough performance in each game.

Quincy Pondexter scored a playoff career-high 13 points in Game 3, Darrell Arthur had a significant role in the Grizzlies’ comeback attempt in Game 2 and Jerryd Bayless scored 19 off the bench in the series opener.

JAMAL CRAWFORD

The Clippers have relied on Crawford all season to be a salvo for their vaunted bench. He had 29 games with 20 points or more off the bench, led all reserves in fourth quarter plus-minus coming in second in the league behind LeBron James and was a top three scorer in the final period, often helping lead Los Angeles to blow out victories that resulted in their starters remaining on the bench for lengthy durations.

That has not happened yet this series. Since Crawford went for 10 second-quarter points against Bayless and the Grizzlies in Game 2, Crawford has missed 10 of his last 13 shots. In Game 3 he had three assists and three rebounds in 23:45, but finished with 10 points.

The matchup with Bayless, which has included 38 minutes in three games on the court together, has gone mostly in Crawford’s favor. He is 8-for-11 from two-point range with Bayless on the court and is a +13.

JERRYD BAYLESS

Bayless’ breakout Game 1 looked to be a carryover from his post-All-Star break success. He scored 11.4 points per game and was a 37% shooter from 3-point range in that stretch. While he was far from as consistent as Crawford, Bayless still anchored the Grizzlies scoring off the bench in a similar way. Entering the series, he posed a threat to the Clippers as an attacker and one of the lone players who was capable of creating his own shot from the perimeter.

However, his last two games in the series have been dismal. He played just 10 minutes in Game 3 with three turnovers and a 2-for-6 shooting performance, which followed up a two-point effort in Game 2. Lionel Hollins said Bayless played fewer minutes on Thursday to give the Grizzlies a lengthier defensive presence in Pondexter, but Memphis still likely needs offensive production from Bayless to have long-term success.

Crawford vs. Bayless 2012-13 Statistical Comparison
*Player Efficiency Rating – Overall rating of a player’s per-minute statistical production. League average is 15.00 every season.

 

PPG

RPG

APG

SPG

FG%

3P%

FT%

PER*

Jamal Crawford

16.5

1.7

2.5

1.0

43.8%

37.6%

87.1%

16.89

Jerryd Bayless

8.7

2.2

3.3

0.7

41.9%

35.3%

83.6%

13.51