Gallinari’s sprained left foot (which pressured him to overlook his first exhibition recreation Sunday towards the Portland Path Blazers) and Rivers’ strained proper glute (which pressured him to overlook his second recreation) has decelerated the educating course of for a Clippers staff with 9 new gamers.
It was possible going to be Rivers’ first time beginning since he joined the Clippers two-plus seasons in the past. Gallinari, in his first season with the group after coming to L.A. in a 3-staff, signal-and-commerce with Denver, is pegged to start out at small ahead.
“Not having Gallo and Austin, notably, you actually need them on the ground as a result of we’re doing a whole lot of various things,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers stated. “The one factor each workforce has on us that we don’t have are recreation minutes. Not solely simply recreation, however even apply minutes. Not having them at apply in any respect and now in video games isn’t good for us. However it’s what it’s and we’ll make do.”
Rivers stated he’s not as fearful about Gallinari’s damage as he about Austin and Sam Dekker, who didn’t play within the Clippers’ 134-106 loss to Portland at Staples Middle due to a left indirect pressure.
Austin missed about 5 weeks of coaching through the summer time whereas he recovered from mononucleosis.
“Sam, you understand how that goes,” Doc stated. “And Austin, I feel all of us consider a variety of that is all because of the mono. You’re drained, and in order that’s a troublesome break for him. You’ll be able to’t do something about it and it’s going to take some time. These issues have taken half a yr typically to get via all of it. He’s simply going to should cope with it. The place he’s simply going to should be is basically trustworthy on his fatigue, as a result of we have now to actually monitor that.
“It’s not nice, particularly when you’ve loads of new guys and also you’re placing in new stuff. However you possibly can’t do something about it so I’m not going to take a seat and fear about it. We’ve simply acquired to show everyone else.”
Clippers protection suffers
In two of the three exhibition video games the Clippers have misplaced, their protection has been too penetrable.
Offensively, they’ve been in a pleasant groove, operating much more easily Sunday as a result of Milos Teodosic was extra engaged as a scorer.
He suffered a dislocated left pinkie finger late within the first quarter that pressured him to the locker room for remedy.
However Teodosic returned within the second quarter, ending the sport with 15 factors on 5-for-12 capturing (4-for-seven from three-level vary).
“We all know he can move. He’s top-of-the-line passers I’ll have ever seen,” Doc stated. “However I advised him earlier than the sport I would like him to shoot, simply shoot the ball.”
The Clippers gave up 121 factors in a loss to Toronto in Hawaii.
They gave up 134 to Portland Sunday.
Even for the exhibition season, that’s means too many factors.
“Our set protection has obtained to be fairly strong,” Blake Griffin stated. “We’ve obtained some issues to wash up, like I stated.”