Clippers see room to improve vs. Mavericks in Game 2

first_imgAs far as playoff victories go, this one left plenty to be desired, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday before sitting his team down to review film of the previous night’s 118-110 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the bubble at Walt Disney World Resort.The second-seeded Clippers are up 1-0 in their first-round Western Conference matchup, but it wasn’t an easy win – and it won’t be an easy series. Game 2 is Wednesday.Rivers repeated his critique from Monday night, finding most fault with this team’s lack of defensive discipline, especially early. The Mavs hit 12 3-pointers before intermission, setting a franchise record for most 3s in a half of a playoff game.“I thought especially the first half, we overhelped so many times and left their shooters open,” he said. “That was not what we wanted to do. I thought we reached and gambled way too much. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “Other than that, second half, I thought our adjustments were better – but they didn’t have (Kristaps) Porzingis on the floor, so we have to see if they were better.”As for Porzingis’ two technical fouls and subsequent ejection early in the second half of Game 1? Rivers joined the chorus calling it uncalled for.Rivers took umbrage mostly with the first technical foul, coming after Dallas’ dynamic 7-foot-3 center swung his fist in frustration following a foul call – much as the Clippers’ Paul George had before he also drew a technical foul.“I didn’t think PG should have got a tech and I didn’t think Porzingis should have got the first tech … If you don’t do one, you do the other,” Rivers said. “I guarantee you they had to give his because they gave Paul his in the first quarter. I didn’t like either one of them.”The Clippers did well to force Luka Doncic into 11 turnovers – the most the second-year star has committed in his 134 NBA games. But Rivers was dissatisfied with the Clippers’ inability to thwart Doncic’s playmaking – the 21-year-old Slovenian star had nine assists along with his 42 points, an NBA record for most points in a postseason debut. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime “I thought what we did poorly, what shows his greatness, is every time we made a mistake on the weak side, he found that guy and that guy made a shot,” Rivers said after the game Monday.“I didn’t mind his basket attacks. I didn’t mind his 3s,” Rivers said. “I mind our help so he could get the assists. I’ll give up the points to him, I just don’t want to give up the points and the assists.”Rivers assured that the Clippers’ game plan will not, however, include any scheming about getting under anyone’s skin.Certainly, the Clippers might have some players who do that naturally, Rivers said, but the team isn’t conspiring to make it happen – despite how some opponents might perceive it.“We have some guys who are agitators, I think that’s good,” Rivers said. “But I can guarantee you that wasn’t on our game plan list. That’s just ridiculous: ‘OK, let’s get him thrown out.’”With a game scheduled for every other day this series, Rivers said the Clippers – who have a clean injury report for just the 12th time this season – weren’t to do more than watch film Tuesday, an effort to save their legs for competition.Well, most of them. Montrezl Harrell, who got out of a seven-day quarantine Monday, just in time to join his teammates for his first game in the bubble, would be running, Rivers said: “He clearly has to run some more. We’re going to do a lot of work there.”Harrell had been away since mid-July, spending time with his family and mourning the death of his grandmother, about whom he spoke lovingly Tuesday.“My grandmother was the one introduced me to the game of basketball,” Harrell said. “One of my biggest supporters, biggest fans, one of my best friends. Only way to put it. There’s no other way to explain the things she done for me. She was my entire world.”Related Articles Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ His teammates have been genuine in their support as he’s grieved, Harrell said.“From the first instance of when I went home, they constantly check on me every day, man,” said Harrell, who is one of the Clippers’ Sixth Man of the Year candidates, along with Lou Williams. “It wasn’t just one of those, ‘Hey, sorry for your loss.’ No. Every person on the team really wrote a message to me that they reflected on, instances of something they had to deal with in this matter in life, just words that would help me be able to get through this time.”Mavericks (0-1) vs. Clippers (1-0)When: 6 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FloridaTV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, TNTlast_img