For Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, it was a good thing to see his second unit have some success against the Utah Jazz during Wednesday night’s exhibition game.
Rivers said his second unit got beat pretty bad by the first unit during Tuesday’s practice and “were losing their spirit a little bit.”
But the second team of Jamal Crawford, Darren Collison, Ryan Hollins, Willie Green and Antawn Jamison played well against the Jazz.
The second unit still doesn’t have small forward Matt Barnes, who hasn’t played in any of the seven exhibition games because of a sore left calf.
“That’s a unit that’s going to have to come through for us,” Rivers said. “We’re still a work in progress. Obviously not having Matt really hurts that unit, not having him on the floor.”
Crawford had eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Collison had 14 of his 15 in the fourth.
The second team’s play in the fourth was the reason why the Clippers beat the Jazz and improved to 5-2 in exhibition play.
“They need it, they just really did,” Rivers said. “It was good. I ran some stuff [plays] that they executed.”