Clippers’ offense shows a lot of motion

Chris Paul will be the point man in the Clippers' new offense system that relies on motion to get players open and give the team more scoring opportunities.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

LA JOLLA — The Clippers scrimmaged Wednesday and got to work on an offense that Coach Doc Rivers wants to be more fluid.

Rivers has put Alvin Gentry, the Clippers’ associate head coach, in charge of the team’s offense, which they both hope will generate more motion and less standing around.

All-Star point guard Chris Paul will direct that offense on the court, and he already sees a difference.


“It only helps because the defense doesn’t know what’s coming,” Paul said. “It keeps everybody engaged on the defensive end. It also keeps everybody on our team involved on the offensive end.”

In many ways, Rivers said, there isn’t a drastic change in the Clippers’ offense from last season.

He doesn’t want the Clippers to be an isolation, hold-the-basketball type of team.

“There’s a difference between running and staying in motion,” Rivers said after the second day of training camp on UC San Diego’s campus.

“Every team talks about running. We want to be a running team. But for us, we really want to be a motion team. We want to be a team that’s in constant motion, constant movement, so it’s very difficult to load up on us.”

During the scrimmage, Rivers liked that many of the games came down to the last possession, meaning the players had to execute their plays.

Rivers also enjoyed that the second team took it to the first team of Paul, J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.


“I liked that the first unit lost the first game,” Rivers said. “In the second game, you could see they got upset. Our goal is to get them upset before the first game, so that’s how they play when they start.”

Thinking defense

Rivers likes his team’s defensive potential

When Rivers coached in Boston, his Celtics teams were some of the best defensive teams in the NBA, much of that spearheaded by the ultra-intense Kevin Garnett.

After two days of practice, Rivers has been impressed with the way the Clippers have played defense.

“They’re more athletic,” Rivers said. “They don’t have the veteran IQ. So I don’t know if they should be better than any team I’ve coached, but they should be in that area. We’ve got a couple of individual defenders that can be dominant on defense. We’ve got great speed. We don’t have the size in some ways. They should be in the top three or four of the teams that I’ve coached defensively.”



Rookie Reggie Bullock missed his second consecutive practice because of a right leg injury, and Rivers said he wasn’t sure when the guard would be cleared to practice.

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