It wasn't long after the
Even though his team won, 89-81, in Rivers' debut with the Clippers, a coach's work is never done.
It was the way Rivers operated when he was the successful coach of Boston, helping to lead the
Rivers was brought in to succeed
"We just have to keep working defensively and offensively," Rivers said before practice Tuesday afternoon. "Offensively, I'm not that concerned. It's just timing. We don't have half of our stuff in.
"I honestly just liked the effort and the buy-in [of his coaching plans]. That's the first step. Everything else follows."
But the game tape did give him enough information so his Clippers had more than enough to work on.
They won't have to wait long to put that practice to work because the Clippers are having an intra-squad scrimmage Wednesday evening for season-ticket holders at the Galen Center.
"Guys made mistakes.... Film doesn't lie, and then you try to correct some of those," Rivers said. "Some of them were just timing things on offense. I thought we played with the right spirit on offense and that's all you can hope for."
During Monday's game, Rivers' demeanor on the court was the same as he was in Boston.
When he called a timeout, Rivers made sure to make eye contact with his players, he talked to the officials, then gathered with his coaching staff in the huddle before he sent the players back on the court.
"We're just trying to get them to see that your [effort on] defense has to be all the time," Rivers said. "Your offense is going to fail you at times. You're going to miss wide-open shots. You can't control that. But you can control your emotions when you miss it. I thought we did a pretty good job of that."