The question follows the
Their current options at the position, well, kind of stink.
Small forward has become such a black hole that Clippers Coach
Rivers replaced Turkoglu with shooting guard
Asked about the situation, Rivers said his team had all the players it needs to win a title.
"I have yet to meet the perfect team," Rivers said. "If you could show me that, I would love to see it. In this day and time, I guess every position has to be great. That's just not the truth. Usually, there's a position where guys have to fill for, and that's ours right now."
The big issue isn't that the Clippers small forwards are struggling offensively; it's that they're having trouble stopping elite and non-elite wing players alike. Oklahoma City's
Rivers tried to acquire a proven small forward over the summer but was unsuccessful. The Clippers gave Australian veteran Joe Ingles a look in the preseason before waiving him; Ingles is averaging 2.6 points for the
Barnes had an early flourish against Memphis on Sunday, making four of six shots in the first quarter. He did not shoot or score afterward, finishing with nine points.
Douglas-Roberts isn't sure when he'll be back from his Achilles' injury. Part of him doesn't want to know.
"I haven't even asked for a timeline," he said, "because I don't want to hear something that I don't want to hear."
Douglas-Roberts has resumed spot shooting but cannot move laterally. He said his injury caused him to shoot mostly jump shots in the four games he played because he "didn't have any real explosiveness getting to the basket." He made only one of 11 shots, missing all six three-pointers.
There was one upside to his inaccuracy, though.
"If it was falling," Douglas-Roberts said of his shot, "I probably would have continued to play on it, and it's a possibility that it could have popped [the Achilles] completely, and that's career-threatening."
CLIPPERS AT CHARLOTTE
When: 4 p.m. PST, Monday.
Where: Time Warner Cable Center.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330.
Records: Clippers 7-5; Hornets 4-10.
Record vs. Hornets (2013-14): 1-1.
Update: The Hornets have lost five consecutive games after squandering an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 94-93 setback against Miami on Sunday. Center