Lots of games. Barely any practices.
That's the reality facing the
So far, they have practiced all of one time since this portion of their schedule began Dec. 6.
Things have become so hectic that the Clippers used white tape to form an imaginary free-throw line on the carpet in the middle of their locker room to stage a walk-through Saturday at
"It's difficult to stay sharp and not only [not] practice, we haven't really been able to do a whole lot in shoot-around and we've had a lot of walk-throughs in the hotel or just meeting here like we did [Saturday]," said shooting guard
"So the schedule, yeah, it actually affects you because there's slippage on both ends. Your execution isn't as sharp. It happens."
Rivers said he decides whether to hold practices based on visible fatigue and internal team statistics but conceded it's often a guessing game. The coach is also considering holding players out of a game or two to provide rest.
Of course, no practice doesn't necessarily mean there's no work. Veteran players often trickle into the practice facility to shoot, and younger ones such as rookie C.J. Wilcox and second-year forward
Forward Blake Griffin said the continuity of a starting lineup that has remained largely intact the last few years has helped the team endure the lack of practice.
"We've been doing it for a while, so I think we can be better no matter if there are practices are not," Griffin said. "But it does help tremendously to have a practice."
It's conceivable the Clippers may not have one before Jan. 2, the second day of a two-day break before facing the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center.
"I just keep telling our guys, 'Hey, what do you want me to do?'" Rivers said. "I can't change the schedule, so we have to play the games."
Practicing is another matter entirely.
Happily bowled over
Redick, who isn't exactly known for defense, took three charges against the Bucks. He said he thought it was the first time he had done that in his nine-year
Then, again, maybe there should be an asterisk attached.
"I would really say that maybe the first one wasn't a charge," Redick said, "but the other two I thought were. I think I've taken two before but never three."
CLIPPERS AT SPURS
When: 5:30 p.m. PST, Monday.
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 980 .
Records: Clippers 19-8, Spurs 17-11.
Record vs. Spurs: 0-1.
Update: San Antonio has lost four consecutive games for the first time since late in the 2010-11 season, in part because of injuries to top players. Point guard