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