first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “I’m still learning myself, so it’s hard for me to tell guys to be in these certain spots and do this,” he said. “I just try to wiggle myself in those areas and try to give them that knowledge so they know that I’m present.“But it takes me to be a player and be active. I’m not a coach so it’s hard for me to just talk on the sideline unless I’m active or into the contact. That’s when guys really know that I’m here and that I’m playing.”PATTERSON PLAYSLeonard wasn’t the only recent Clippers’ signee to make his debut with the team Thursday at Staples Center: Patrick Patterson also got in on the action for the first time after remaining on the bench for the Clippers’ first two preseason games in Hawaii.Related Articles “Our pace, offensively, was fantastic,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “That Lou-Sham-and-Kawhi lineup, that’s a very difficult lineup to guard because you have to be up – and that’s why Zu and the bigs were just rolling down the middle.”Rivers and several of his players have raved about how (surprisingly) communicative Leonard has been in training camp, coaching up rookie guard Terance Mann and holding all of his colleagues accountable.“He’s more verbal than you would ever know, and he’s more demanding in a very positive way, in a very good way,” Rivers said, comparing him with veteran guard Patrick Beverley, the Clippers’ emotional leader.Leonard, the 28-year-old forward who ended months of heightened speculation by choosing to sign with the Clippers in free agency this July, acknowledged that he’s eager to share insight with his new mates.But, the superstar cautioned, it isn’t as though he has all the answers. The 6-foot-9 power forward, who played for the past two seasons alongside Paul George in Oklahoma City, subbed in for Moe Harkless at the 5:15 mark in the second quarter. Patterson finished with five points and four rebounds in 11 minutes.“He does a couple of things for us,” Rivers said. “First of all, he’s an excellent defender, very physical. And he can spread the floor, so it gives us another 3-point shooter.”A career 36.7 percent 3-point shooter, Patterson made one of his two attempts from beyond the arc Thursday.ROSTER MOVESThe Clippers announced Friday that they waived forward Terry Larrier and guard James Palmer Jr.Palmer had five points in 12 minutes in Thursday’s exhibition; Larrier was scoreless in 4:36 of court time.center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — For a couple few-minute spurts in the first half of Thursday’s preseason game against the Denver Nuggets, the Clippers orchestra wowed itself, it was performing so beautifully.But the band’s brilliant new conductor wasn’t as moved.Following his Clippers debut, Kawhi Leonard suggested the defense needed work and proclaimed himself rusty after having not been able to push himself this offseason – never mind that in 10:45 of court time, he knocked down three of his six shots for seven points, set up teammates for six assists (without a turnover) and added a rebound and a steal to his stat line.“I (don’t) think he showed us what he’s got in practice,” said center Ivica Zubac, who appreciated finding himself relatively uninhibited as he converted three of Leonard’s assists. “It looked a little rusty (in practice), but man, tonight out there he looked amazing. I don’t know if it’s a different level. Tonight, he showed who he is. That’s Kawhi. It felt really good to be on the floor with him.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img

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