Dunleavy chooses a basic approach
Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy had seen enough.
After Tuesday’s 108-93 loss to the Golden State Warriors, who had only eight players available because of injuries, Dunleavy went back to basics in practice.
“We did a lot of basic training camp stuff today,” he said. “It was almost a refresher course, in a sense, in the things that we need to do.”
The Clippers refocused on the fundamental aspects of Dunleavy’s approach on offense. Players reviewed their assignments on defense in an attempt to make things tougher on opponents after consecutive losses.
“Even though we started off 6-1, I never changed from saying that we weren’t that good,” Dunleavy said. “It’s baffling. All of our guys are, seemingly at times, a step slow.”
Point guard Shaun Livingston might not play tonight against the Warriors because of an ankle injury he suffered in Monday’s loss, Dunleavy said.
Livingston, injured in the second quarter when a player fell on his leg, was held out of practice.
The third-year player is averaging 9.7 points and a team-leading 5.6 assists.
Tim Thomas, sidelined in the previous game because of an ear infection, was unable to practice because of his condition.
“I feel horrible, man,” said Thomas, who also might not play against the Warriors. “I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.”
Thomas, in his 10th season, is averaging 9.9 points. The long-range specialist is shooting 35.8% from behind the three-point arc.
Center Chris Kaman’s sore right ankle continued to limit his mobility against the Warriors.
Kaman grabbed 13 rebounds but scored only three points. He didn’t practice Tuesday but is expected to play tonight.
vs. Golden State, 7:30, FSN Prime Ticket
Site -- Staples Center.
Radio -- 710.
Records -- Clippers 17-21, Warriors 19-20.
Record vs. Warriors -- 0-1.
Update -- The Warriors routed the Clippers, 108-93, on Monday in Oakland. Warriors point guard Baron Davis had 19 points and 13 assists, guard Monta Ellis scored 24 points and forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three steals off the bench.