Clippers looking to run and run and run some more this season

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first_imgThe goal is to run at every opportunity, a departure from Chris Paul’s tenure with the Clippers.“We have guys, especially our bigs, who can outrun other bigs,” Rivers said, referring to center DeAndre Jordan, power forward Blake Griffin and small forward Danilo Gallinari. “We want our guards (to make the long-distance pass). You see it, let it go.”There is a method to the madness, Rivers said. The Clippers are determined to use their superior size and athleticism to get easy baskets. Lob City might be what makes Clippers fans jump from their seats, but Layup City could help win games, too.“We’re using a football analogy this year,” Rivers explained. “If it’s even, throw it. We’re making it. We’re forcing that pass. We believe our guys are going to get it before the other guy. Our guys are getting used to it. They’re missing a couple of them, too.“To me, if ‘D.J.’ and a big are running together, ‘D.J.’ is going to get the ball. Blake’s going to get the ball. Willie (Reed, a 6-foot-11 backup center), we may have to hold that one up. But a lot of our guys are faster and we have to take advantage of it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MORE ON MILOSTeodosic, a 30-year-old rookie from Serbia, has fit in seamlessly to the Clippers’ free-flowing game so far, according to Griffin. Teams have tried and failed in the past to lure Teodosic to the NBA, but the Clippers finally got him to put pen to paper this past summer.Teodosic signed a two-season, $12.3 million contract in July.“He pretty much delivers it where you need it when you need it,” Griffin said of Teodosic’s alert passing. “Guys like that are easy to play with. You’ve just got to be ready to catch the ball. It’s a lot of fun. He’s one of those point guards who knows exactly when to pass. It’s been a lot of fun.”Rivers has been impressed, too. Teodosic averaged 6.5 assists in 24 minutes as the Clippers split two exhibitions against the Raptors at the University of Hawaii. Perhaps the only concern was his 1-for-8 shooting and 2 points-per-game average.“He played well, but Milos is way better than he played (against the Raptors),” Rivers said. “He’ll be the first to tell you that. He’s just got to get a little more comfortable. He’s got to find his shots. He’s a great shooter. He’s looking to pass a lot, which is fine by me.“As the year goes on, Milos will just get better and better.”center_img PLAYA VISTA — Milos Teodosic’s 70-foot underhand scoop pass that led to teammate Patrick Beverley’s layup in the first half of the Clippers’ exhibition victory Tuesday over the Toronto Raptors in Honolulu was a highlight-reel sensation within, oh, minutes of the play’s completion.Clippers coach Doc Rivers couldn’t say he’d never witnessed anything like it because he had been treated to a preview during a training camp practice one day earlier. Unconventional as it might have appeared, Teodosic’s pass earned Rivers’ seal of approval.“We’re looking for that long-court pass every chance we get,” he said.Teodosic and the Clippers will offer further glimpses of what’s coming this season when they play host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, the third of their five exhibition games. The regular season begins Oct. 19, and the Clippers have vowed to have a new look in 2017-18.last_img

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