Clippers players go to the tape together to problem-solve

first_imgBut there’s another remedy that’s proved effective this season for the Clippers – who play at Phoenix (24-34) on Wednesday (6 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket) – whenever they’ve started to slip: Players-only film study.The Clippers (38-19) had plans to practice on Sunday, but Rivers revised the agenda at the last minute. He opted instead to hold a film session, probably because his players had already started the work.“Came in as a team and watched film,” Clippers forward JaMychal Green said. “Just kind of critiqued everything, made some changes for our mistakes. We’re a smart team, a lot of players with a lot of years under their belt. The IQ on this team is very high so, it’s pretty much easy.”“I’m up in the office with my coaches and they all watch the game together,” Rivers concurred. “But they’ve been doing that, I don’t think the game (against Sacramento) is what prompted it.“What I love, what they’re doing that really I’ve never done, is they send the clips of what they’re not sure of, what they need explanations on, things they think they should have done better. They’re self-critiquing. And, from a coach’s standpoint, it’s been great for me because I can see what they’re thinking. I don’t know who came up with it, but it’s been good for me.” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Rivers described sitting down with one of the team’s video coordinators after the players have identified the clips that illustrate concerns or questions.“So, when we come together, I can explain what they don’t understand, and we can get on the same page about things,” Rivers said. “I question why I haven’t done it before.”Maybe because not every group is equipped to take on such a process responsibly and constructively?“You have to have the right group, that’s honest enough,” Rivers said. “And they’ve been honest enough with the film.”“Got to,” Green said. “That’s the only way it’s gonna work. This is a team where you can be yourself and be real and not bite your tongue; we know ain’t nobody saying anything in a bad way, so don’t nobody take it in the wrong way.”Center Ivica Zubac said there’s always something to learn from game video, and something to be gained by watching it with teammates: “We usually agree on the stuff and it’s helpful to get it out there and solve the issues together.”THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENTForgive Paul George if it takes him a minute to get used to saying “Marcus.”Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime That’s because last season in Oklahoma City, he played with Markieff Morris, who, like his identical twin, Marcus, is a tough-playing veteran forward.Marcus joined the Clippers at the trade deadline as part of a three-team deal; Markieff signed with the Lakers this week.“It was weird at first,” George said. “‘What’s up, Marcus, nice to meet you.’ And instantly after that, ‘Hey Kieff!’ It’s going to take a second, give me a second.“They’re different, but they’re the same. They have different mentalities, but they are the same kind of person in terms of how they approach the game and how they play the game. So it’s dope to be teammates with both of them and see the differences and see the similarities. It’s pretty unique.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The Clippers shot 39.1 percent on Saturday, turned over the ball 19 times, recorded just 20 assists and lost to a Sacramento Kings team that appears lottery-bound.On Tuesday, Doc Rivers’ squad shot 50 percent, limited their turnovers to 12, and compiled 33 assists, the second most this season, as it trounced the potentially playoff-bound Memphis Grizzles by 27 points.Turns out it helps a team’s performance – and its spirit – to have a fully healthy roster, something the Clippers have experienced only five times this season.Timing is a thing, too: The Clippers were shaking off All-Star break rust while the Kings had warmed up by beating the Grizzlies; the Grizzlies had just lost two consecutive games and their second-leading scorer, Jaren Jackson Jr., to a sprained knee. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img

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