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Clippers wide awake in victory over Thunder

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The Clippers were so tired that many of them fell asleep during their film session to prep for Game 1
After a draining seven-game series against Golden State, Doc Rivers cuts film session short

The Clippers were a weary team when they arrived in Oklahoma City on Sunday evening.

They were so tired that during their film session in preparation for Game 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder many of the Clippers fell asleep.

So Clippers Coach Doc Rivers agreed with assistant coach Ty Lue to stop the projector and come back Monday to finish the session.

When Game 1 of the Western Conference second-round series started later that night, the Clippers were wide awake, pulling out a 122-105 victory over the Thunder.

The Clippers shot 54.9% from the field, 51.7% (15-for-29) from three-point range.

The Clippers had finished a mentally draining seven-game series against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night and had to turn around and fly to Oklahoma City on Sunday.

It was no wonder the Clippers were sleeping during the film session.

“We flew here and we came here [to Chesapeake Energy Arena] on Sunday and watched film, a lot of film,” said Chris Paul, who had 32 points on 12-for-14 shooting, eight-for-nine on three-pointers. “I think we were going to go through all the players. Once he got through Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook, I was nodding off.

“That was my matchup. [Rivers] just said, ‘Enough.’ He said, ‘Go get some rest.’ ”

The Clippers will meet the Thunder on Wednesday night in Game 2.

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