Clippers FYI: Doc Rivers cuts scrimmage short
It was only an exhibition game, but Clippers Coach Doc Rivers still wasn’t happy with his team’s approach during a 112-94 defeat to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
Before the Clippers’ short scrimmage at the Galen Center on Wednesday, Rivers admonished his team, saying, “We can’t just show up.”
“That doesn’t mean it’s a game where you’re trying to win the world championship,” Rivers said. “But you’ve still got to show up. What I mean is, you just can’t live on, ‘Hey, we’re the Clippers and we’re just going to show up and win.’ You still have to actually play basketball. And that’s what we have to do.”
The Clippers didn’t do much during the scrimmage, which was open to the public, playing for about four minutes before Rivers called it off.
Rivers had said, “We’re just going to go hard” before the scrimmage started. But after a short practice, Rivers noticed his players dragging some during the scrimmage.
So Rivers cut it short.
None of the players were available for interviews after the scrimmage.
Rivers also had talked about getting his team in better shape.
“We didn’t play well yesterday either,” Rivers said. “So it may look like you’re out of shape when you don’t play well. You’re not going to get into condition in one day. You’ve got to slowly build up to it, and just get us to the point we need to be on opening night.”
The Clippers’ next exhibition game is Sunday night at Portland.
Rivers is big on the idea of his players visualizing what it will look like to win a championship in Los Angeles.
So he got a suite at Staples Center so they could watch the Kings raise their Stanley Cup championship banner Wednesday night.
Last year when Rivers first arrived, he looked into finding a route for a championship parade for the Clippers.
Rivers said the plan was for some of his players to attend the ceremony for the Kings, who have won the Stanley Cup two of the last three years.
“I just said, ‘Hey, guys, I’ve got a box to the Kings game and I think it’d be really cool’” if we went to the game, Rivers said. “Some of them are going. I just think it’s always neat whenever you witness a parade.”
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