Big payday for Spieth

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As Clippers’ turnovers mount, so does concern

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Clippers are much – much – too giving for coach Doc Rivers’ liking.Their 15.8 giveaways per game are so bountiful, in fact, that only three teams are averaging more this season: the Miami Heat (16 per game), Cleveland Cavaliers (16.4) and Atlanta Hawks (16.7).And in four choppy games in 2020, the Clippers’ turnover average is trending further upward, at 16.5 per game.“That’s a big concern,” Rivers said Friday, after his team defeated Golden State 109-100 despite committing 19 turnovers, including 17 in the first three quarters. “It is hard to win a game when you don’t give your offense a chance to get a shot. We shot 49 percent but there are 19 times that we never got a shot at the basket. That is a lot of points that go out the window for you.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Patrick Beverley, the Clippers’ de facto playmaker, echoed those thoughts, saying he and his teammates were looking for one another too often.“I think today it was actually being too passive,” said Beverley, who led the team with nine assists to go with just three turnovers. “We tried to make the extra pass too much today. But it happens in the game of basketball, especially when you have a team that’s like this – unselfish.”Rivers might dispute that notion next time the team sits for a video session: “I am going to say we had very few advance passes tonight. Seemed like everybody who pushed it up, kept it,” the coach said.“Of course,” Beverley added, “like anything else, we’re gonna watch the film and we’re gonna get better.”Related Articles Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Those 19 turnovers turned into just 12 Golden State points, but L.A. might not be so fortunate against a team better than 9-31.So what gives?Rivers again mentioned he thinks it’s the result of his team lacking an experienced point guard: “You knew, not having the one facilitator, that that (excess turnovers) may be the case.”Lou Williams said despite the Clippers’ long four-day layoff entering Friday’s game, rust wasn’t the issue. Rather, he said, all the turnovers were a sign of the team’s slowly developing chemistry.“There’s turnovers where you’re just playing sloppy, you’re not playing at a high level,” Williams said. “And sometimes it’s guys trying to make the right play instead of making the simple one.” Kawhi Leonard managed, as only he can, to shrug it off while expressing urgency.“We had four days off, sometimes it happens like that,” said Leonard, before looking to Sunday’s game in Denver (5 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket), where the Nuggets are 15-4.“We’ll see about it next game, see if we’ll turn over the ball. We’ll be on the road, so we (need) to take care of it.”That “we’ll see” sentiment is emblematic of the Clippers’ current state of affairs, partly because all their personnel fluctuations. Sixteen starting lineups and 76 combined games missed on account of injuries have them still figuring things out almost three months into the season.Asked whether January’s lack of cohesion could foretell trouble, Williams didn’t try to play fortune teller: “We’ll see,” he said. “That’s the ‘if’ game; we’ll see.”CLIPPERS at NUGGETSWhen: 5 p.m. SundayWhere: Pepsi Center, DenverTV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more