During the next seven days, the
Before the media was kicked out of practice Thursday,
When pressed for more details, Paul offered a few things.
"Our cuts can be sharper, our passes can be better – just knowing the offense more," Paul said. "The things that we've added, even our first unit, we need to clean up things."
After winning their last exhibition game Tuesday night in Sacramento, the Clippers start the real season Oct. 27 at Portland.
The time in between will almost be like a training camp for the Clippers to make some of the same strides they displayed at times against the
"Just like any professional team or any team in general, it's about consistency," Paul said. "That's the things I'm sure Coach [
Overall, Rivers said, he was happy with "a lot of things" the Clippers did on the court in their six games and that he liked the "way we're trending."
But Rivers still found fault in how the Clippers were on offense and defense, saying "just everything" had to get better.
"We weren't consistent on anything," Rivers said. "I would say if there was one thing that stood out, it's that we still have to learn to be more consistent game-to-game, quarter-to-quarter. Hopefully that'll come."
Paul, the president of the
The current CBA agreement expires in June of 2021, but both sides have until Dec. 15 to opt out of the deal in 2017.
Paul said he was "very" optimistic that there won't be a work stoppage.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week while in China for the Global Games that both sides were eager to get a deal done.