Add turnovers to Clippers’ problems during exhibition season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With his team just 1-4 and struggling, Paul voiced concern that there is not much time left for his team to iron out its problems. Including Tuesday’s, there are just three exhibition games left before the season begins Oct. 30 at home against Oklahoma City. “These last few games, we have to start getting ready,” Paul said. “I don’t think we’re one of those teams that can just switch it on for opening night. So, we’ve got to be ready.”Injury reportTwo Clippers did not play Saturday because of injuries. Chris Douglas-Roberts, who is vying for the starting spot at small forward, sat out with a sprained ankle. Glen “Big Baby” Davis missed his second consecutive game with a right groin strain.Perhaps most worrisome is Jordan Farmar’s back, which has been acting up. He played just seven minutes Saturday.“I’ve been feeling it for a couple of weeks now,” Farmar said. “I’ve just been staying on top of it, and today it just flared up on me. It’s a little tweak in my lower back. I’ll be all right.”Farmar was queried as to a timetable for his return. He didn’t have anything concrete in that regard.“I think I’ll be OK,” he said. “The training staff is awesome, they’re on top of it. They work really hard trying to keep everything ready to go for the season, so that’s what we’re shooting for.”Rivers said on Friday that he wasn’t sure how long it will take Davis to get back. He said while Davis may be healthy by the time the season starts, he wasn’t sure if he would be in game shape.This and thatAfter opening their exhibition season with a 112-94 victory over the Clippers, the Warriors defeated the Lakers twice in succession and then beat Denver. However, Golden State has lost two in a row — to Miami and Houston. … Clippers small forward Matt Barnes has made just 2 of 24 shots so far. … Tuesday’s game, which is slated for a 7:30 start, will be televised by TNT. It can be heard on KFWB (980 AM). The Clippers have had trouble in several areas during what so far has been a rather unsatisfying exhibition season.They haven’t defended well, they haven’t shot well, they haven’t rebounded well. In addition, they are turning the ball over too much.The Clippers this past season averaged 13.3 turnovers per game, tied with Portland for sixth-lowest in the NBA. In five exhibition games this season, they are averaging 15.8 turnovers.Only Philadelphia (16.4) averaged more than that in 2013-14. What is perhaps worse is that in two of the five games, the Clippers had just nine and eight turnovers, respectively. In the other three, they had 23, 20 and 19.center_img “It’s hard to win games when you turn the ball over,” coach Doc Rivers said Saturday night after his team followed Friday’s 101-97 victory over Utah with a 104-93 loss to Denver at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “We’re not shooting the ball well right now, either. As bad as the defense looked, which I thought wasn’t that bad in the first half, I just thought that right now because of our lack of offense, it’s taking our energy.”The Clippers have shot 40.7, 43.6, 42, 44.6 and 37 percent in their five games.Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford — who had a rare start — and Matt Barnes had three turnovers apiece Saturday. Point guard Chris Paul had two.“Turnovers were bad,” said Paul, whose team will try for just its second exhibition victory Tuesday night when it plays at Golden State (4-2). “It was like that (Friday) night, too. Sometimes we were trying to make the home-run pass, so Coach was saying that we’ve just got to try and keep it simple.”Paul a bit concernedlast_img read more

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