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Friday, November 1, 2013

DOC RIVERS TO CLIPPERS: STAY WITH AND TRUST IN THE PROCESS

The following comes from an article by Eric Patten on NBA.com.  The article was written after the Clippers opening night loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.  The article deals with Doc Rivers belief in "the process" and his relentless goal of getting his team to buy in and "trust" the process:

The Clippers aren’t jumping to any conclusions.

A day after losing their season opener, guard J.J. Redick said the team is looking at it as an opportunity.

“Last night, could be a good thing for us if we respond the right way,” said Redick, who scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting Tuesday. “And the response has got to be to learn from our mistakes and own up to them and get better.”

“I thought we came with the right intentions,” Rivers said. “We just didn’t do them very well. I thought we broke down a lot. All of the things that we’ve worked on that we do in a drill and when the lights came on we didn’t do them.”

Asked to be specific, Rivers responded by listing off the points of concern on the defensive side of the ball first. “Our shows, our stunts, our recovers, we were in to out instead of out to in,” he said.
“The game just didn’t look right to me throughout the game. I just didn’t feel good about it. You could sense it.”

Rivers stressed that he did not come to practice Wednesday with a drastic message.

“The process hasn’t changed,” he said. “We haven’t changed what we’re going to do. We’re just going to keep working on it until we trust it.”

NOTE: The next night the Clippers beat a very good Golden State team. You can read the entire article written by Eric Patten here.