Wednesday marked the first day that
According to Clippers Coach
Austin Rivers, who was acquired in a three team trade last week, and Jones, who was signed to a 10-day contract Jan. 13, have both been playing with the team despite not knowing the Clippers' plays.
Doc Rivers said the other day that he was watching his team's game against the
"Fortunately they were smart enough to get out of the way," Rivers said. "The play worked."
Rivers said the team has about 30 sets, of which the younger Rivers and Jones know only two.
"From my standpoint, I can't overdo it," Doc Rivers said. "The checklist that I have for that group, we would be here until midnight."
Doc Rivers said he is going to have the second unit run drills together Wednesday with the hope that they can develop some rhythm, but he knows that strategy is faulty because it doesn't emulate game-play.
"The problem is they never just play with each other," Rivers said. "They play with two of the starters."
The Clippers arguably have one of the top starting lineups in the league in superstars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, league-leading rebounder
But there's been a huge drop-off with the second unit in both productivity and pace, despite the team having reigning sixth man of the year Jamal Crawford.
The Clippers tried to shake things up by dealing
The coach hopes this new second unit will gel better.