The Clippers' reserve unit remains a work in progress.
But despite the bench's uneven play in the first three games, Coach
"We just need time together on the court," said forward
Barnes, sixth man
It hasn't helped that Barnes missed the first seven exhibition games because of a sore left calf.
"It's tough right now because everyone has been in and out with injuries," Barnes said. "Everyone is finally healthy, but the season has started so we haven't had too much time to work together."
Rivers has concerns
Rivers said his assistant coaches have crunched some numbers, and when they combined second-shot opportunities allowed with Clippers turnovers, the team is giving up "46 points" a game.
Rivers, whose team averages 16.7 turnovers per game, is concerned about how that affects the Clippers' defense.
"If you're giving up 46 points a game on second shots and turnovers, you can be the '85 Bears and you're still going to struggle defensively," said Rivers, referring to the legendary defense of the 1985 Chicago Bears' Super Bowl champions. "We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball."