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Clippers ready to get season started

October 28, 2013|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers power forward Blake Griffin brings the ball upcourt against Utah Jazz forward Richard Jefferson during a preseason game at Staples Center.
Clippers power forward Blake Griffin brings the ball upcourt against Utah… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

With training camp and exhibition games over, it’s time for the Clippers to put what they have learned during that time to the test.

They want to be less reliant on Chris Paul for offense. The idea is to have more ball and player movement.

They want to be better on defense. The idea is to help each other and talk more.

“I think we have a pretty good understanding offensively and defensively of what we’re trying to do,” Blake  Griffin said. “I think we definitely need to fine-tune some things and make them a little bit better. But for  the most part, it’s kind of getting stuff down and getting to the point where we have a base to go off of.”

The Clippers practiced Sunday and will practice  Monday, giving them two more days to prepare for Tuesday night’s season opener against the Lakers in their home game at Staples Center.

“You can’t put a lot of stuff in in two days,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “I can’t. But just because you have stuff in doesn’t mean it’s in. It’s not going to be in the way we want it in in the next month.  You’ve just got to keep working on it, keep getting it better. As a staff, we’ve got to recognize stuff that we don’t like and take that out.

“There’s no area I don’t think we can’t improve in -- ever. You’ll hear that all year.”


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