Rookie forward Maurice Taylor, the Clippers' No. 1 draft pick, said he had stage fright before Saturday's 98-94 exhibition-opening victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.
"I played pretty good," Taylor said. "I was a little nervous at first, but once I got into the flow of the game I seemed to calm down.
"The pace is so much faster than in the college game. The guys are flying at you."
Taylor made three of seven shots and had nine points, two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.
"I thought the longer he was on the floor, the better he got," Coach Bill Fitch said. "We know he's got the body, but he's got to learn to zero in and pay a little bit more attention from here on out. That's what it's all about."
Forward Lamond Murray, who seemed to alienate Fitch in his first three seasons with the Clippers, didn't get off to a good start against the Grizzlies.