The Clippers are known as "Lob City" for a reason. They are the team with the most highlight-reel plays, the most fantastic slams and jaw-dropping plays in transition.
And you know what? That's all well and good, as alley-oops are high-percentage shots that can energize your ballclub.
However, relying too much on lobs to win you games is not going to get you very far against the best of the best. See: the 2012 and 2013 postseason.
Don't take that the wrong way; there are still instances where you can draw up plays for alley-oops in the playoffs, particularly off of screens and backdoor cuts. Rivers was known for focusing a lot on cuts to the basket with the Celtics, as guards like Rondo and Avery Bradley would frequently work to get open underneath the rim and be the recipients of passes from Kevin Garnett for easy buckets.
The problem arises when you become too opportunistic and don't really know how to consistently generate points otherwise.
Fortunately for Doc, he has the personnel to transform Los Angeles into more of a half-court team.
The Clips sorely needed outside shooting, so they went out and snatched up J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley in a three-way deal that sent Eric Bledsoe packing this past summer. That move alone should help L.A. become better in the half-court set. With a point guard like Paul, those two sharpshooters could end up being more effective than ever.
Let's also remember that Blake Griffin is a very good playmaker in his own right. The 24-year-old averaged 3.6 assists per game in 2012-13, a very impressive number for a power forward. It may even seem likely that that number will improve in 2013-14 with the new additions. Griffin is an excellent passer, and now he has more weapons to dish the ball to.
Not only that, but the fact that the Clippers have more outside shooters can help Griffin become better on the low block. It's not exactly a secret that Blake lacks refinement in the low post, but with Redick and Dudley now aboard, Griffin will have much more room to operate in the paint as defenses will be forced to stay at home on the perimeter.
The formula is there for Rivers to turn this squad into a very efficient offense in the half-court set. Now we get to watch him go to work.