Before Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Clippers guard Willie Green didn't seem too interested to find out he was better at making 3-point shots from the right corner than anyone else in the NBA. "I wouldn't have even known," he said. But Vinny Del Negro and the Clippers staff, they know. "We have shot charts that we do," Del Negro said Wednesday. "We have so many analytical things." According to a story published on Grantland.com, Green is hitting 57 percent of his 3-pointers from that corner. Chris Paul leads the league by hitting 61 percent of his mid-range shots on the left elbow. Green knows the numbers are out there, but when it comes to his game, he doesn't pay a lot of attention. "I'm not a big statistics guy," Green said. "I watch film to get better. I'll go to the gym to get up shots. I don't even look at what I'm averaging, what my shooting percentages are. That's just me. I like to go out and play. "I'm a rhythm and a feel guy. I go off that." Del Negro said he has to pick his spots on which numbers to share with his players. "There's a lot of information out there. You just have to cipher through what you need and what you'll use," he said. "Numbers some time, there's so much, it can be overwhelming." Green said he will use statistics when it comes to studying opponents, but he did say the numbers don't tell the whole story. "It's getting ridiculous. For me, personally, it's getting too crazy," he said. "I think you can't pinpoint every single thing in basketball. You get affected by the other four players on the floor on your team and the five who are your opponents. "The statistics can't always say 'Yay' or 'Nay' about how good a player is or how bad a player is." Del Negro said he trusts his eyes more than the numbers, but both he and Green said there's value to be found in the statistics — if you use them right.
Clippers content to have their opponent's number
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