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Clippers play 4-on-5, promptly allow Blazers to hit wide open 3-pointer

J.J. Redick

Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick (4) reacts after making a 3-point shot during the overtime period of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. The Clippers won 140-132 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)


Jamal Crawford and JJ Redick aren’t players renowned for their elite defense, but their reputations took a bit of a hit on Thursday night.

As the two Los Angeles Clippers wings were getting ready to substitute for one another, Redick lost track of the order of operations and allowed the Portland Trail Blazers’ Allen Crabbe to do this:

The vaunted 4-on-5 defensive scheme is a tricky thing to grasp, and it’s unfortunate the Clippers just couldn’t execute.

Perhaps the best part of the entire play was the look on Crawford’s face as he tracked Redick back to the other end of the floor before he was actually able to check in:

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