ORLANDO, Fla. — It's not hard for the
And it hasn't been tough for them to give up points, either.
Going into Tuesday night's games, the Clippers led the
The Clippers are shooting 50.3% from the field, tied with Miami and
"We haven't held a team under 100 in four games, and I promise our defense is better than it looks,"
During the exhibition season, Clippers Coach
"I was delusional, clearly," Rivers joked. "It was at the time. And then it really flipped."
Rivers maintained that his team is playing good defense.
"It's what's getting us the leads," he said. "Then we break down. Right now, it seems like when we get that lead, we kind of break down and forget our focus. We have to be a better defensive team than we are and we have to continue to play the offense."
Can the Clippers continue to thrive at this high-octane pace?
"It's up-tempo, clearly. But it's not like we're just running," Rivers said, noting the Clippers are scoring on pick-and-rolls, by moving the basketball from side to side, setting screens to free shooters and keeping the floor spaced.
"It's good because you can run that slow or fast," Rivers said. "And that's preparation for later, because you're not going to get all these breaks."
Rivers added: "I think if we continue to stay in our spacing and run our continuity, we should be able to score every night. And I know our defense is going to come. You can see it in spurts."
On the road
Rivers called the Clippers' schedule of three road games over four days a "hard trip."
It starts Wednesday night in Orlando, then the Clippers go to Miami to play the two-time NBA champion
"Orlando is playing great. They beat Brooklyn and New Orleans back-to-back," Rivers said. "Miami is Miami and Houston is Houston. So it's a hard trip. But that's the way they're all going to be."