Clippers finally at full strength for Christmas game

first_img“It means everything to us to finally have everybody out here you know be at full strength,” he said. “We can figure out what exactly we’ll be moving forward.”The new-look, full-squad Clippers era began Wednesday with a lineup that was their 14th starting combination this season, though this one was similar to the one they used on opening night – with the exception of six-time All-Star Paul George, who replaced second-year guard Landry Shamet. Like in Game 1, veteran forward Patrick Patterson again got a surprise start, just his 14th this season and third since George returned from rehabbing his shoulders.“We’re still trying to get the hang of each other,” Leonard said. “We’re still in a good position like I said, we still got a lot of growth, and I think everybody knows that. (We’re) not complacent and that’s what’s gonna make us a better team.”CHRISTMAS INSIGHTRivers joked that the Christmas as his home involved at lot of giving but little receiving on his part – although he did get himself something, he said.“I bought myself terrific presents,” the Clippers coach said, pausing a beat before adding, “I drank it all.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Harkless said Tuesday he’d be low-key for the holiday: “Dinner with some friends and family, you know just sitting around, maybe watch a movie, play some cards (likely spades), just real chill. Nothing crazy.”And what about the Clippers new homegrown superstar Kawhi Leonard, what was Christmas like in his household?“Private,” he said. “I don’t discuss that with you guys.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Due to an assortment of ailments, including Leonard’s doctor-prescribed load/injury management on half of back-to-backs, the Clippers have had players miss a combined 68 games through 32 games so far.Having everyone available would taking some getting used to, Rivers acknowledged.“Preparation doesn’t change, except for you put a different name in,” he said. “Then you’ll see some guys aren’t gonna play at all, some guys will play less who’ve been playing, and so now you have a chance for your chemistry to really start building and guys will understand their roles a little bit better.“I think that’ll help in the long run, it’s just going to take a minute.”Forward Moe Harkless was ready to get to it.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — It was something of a Christmas miracle, or maybe like opening night all over again?For the first time all season, every member of the Clippers had his sneakers laced up and was available to run them out onto the court.“I think we are gonna be way better as this year goes on, I just do, we haven’t been together long – [Tuesday] was the official first day that every single player on our team practiced,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before Wednesday’s game. “So we have a lot of building to do, but we want to win while were doing it.”A Christmas Day showdown against an in-arena rival was as good a time as any to get totally right, right? Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img

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