The Los Angeles Clippers (29-14) held what should be their final practice in California for two weeks Saturday, one day before a road game in Phoenix. Head coach Doc Rivers said that a challenge the Clippers will face against the Suns (26-19) is matching up with Phoenix’s extreme, guard-heavy lineups.
“When we play small, we’re really good at it,” Rivers said. “We’re still not going to be as good as (Phoenix) because they do it every single day.”
Point guard Chris Paul is coming off back-to-back games of single-digit point totals, but he isn’t worried about scoring right now.
“The way the point guard position is in our league now, I come into every game with a defensive mentality,” said Paul. Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, and Eric Bledsoe all average at least 15 points per game for the Suns, with Bledsoe dropping a career-high 33 points this week in a win against the Trail Blazers.
This will be Suns forward Reggie Bullock’s first game against the Clippers since he was traded from Los Angeles to Phoenix nine days ago. Blake Griffin said that he can’t wait to talk trash to Bullock tomorrow.
“I also told him good luck, except when he plays us,” said Griffin, who put up a season-high 45 points and a game-winning three last time he saw the Suns.
Rivers also announced that small forward Dahntay Jones has been signed to a second ten-day contract. Jones, 34, has played 23 minutes in four games this season.
Rivers also made it a point to acknowledge the Special Olympics in Los Angeles this year. The team hosted a Special Olympian in practice Saturday, and Rivers is looking forward to the event this summer.
“I’ve been involved for a long time,” said Rivers, who received the 1990 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in part to his charitable efforts to causes such as the Special Olympics. “The neatest thing is the pure … stuff, you get from the kids. They tell you the truth. There’s no filter. And their joy is amazing.”