Clippers’ brand of basketball creates fans throughout the NBA

first_imgAfter surviving a tougher-than-most-expected series against the Clippers, Warriors Coach Steve Kerr began his postgame news conference by paying tribute to a valiant opponent.“Before I take any questions,” Kerr said, “I want to say congrats to the Clippers on an amazing season. I love their team. I just love how they compete, how they fight and play for each other. That’s a beautiful basketball team. They made us work for everything. So they’ve got a bright future. And Doc (Rivers) did a great job with them all year, and their young guys are impressive. That was tough. That was a tough, tough series.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters PLAYA VISTA — The Clippers have become full-fledged members of the mutual admiration society.During exit interviews with beat reporters Saturday at the team’s practice facility, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley spoke about how much he appreciated the team’s fans, who stayed put Friday at Staples Center until the end to express their gratitude for a season well played.“It was incredible, man,” Beverley said. “No one left early because we were losing, (they) stayed the whole time. It shows you that people bought in, and we appreciate that.”But it wasn’t just the fans who were fans of the Clippers this season. Asked about Kerr’s comments on Saturday, Rivers relayed a message from another coach, whom he declined to name except to say that his team is alive in the postseason.“He said, ‘Last night was my saddest night of the season,’” Rivers said. “And I’m like, ‘What the heck?’ He (said), ‘Because I watch you guys play every game, and it gave me such basketball enjoyment, not only how hard you played but the way you played that everyone knew their role.”“It was just really neat to read, because first of all, he’s busy, and second of all, I don’t know him that well. And third, just the things he said made me feel great when I woke up this morning and read it.”ROOKIE LESSONSImmediately after Friday’s 129-110 loss to the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Clippers rookie Landry Shamet was critical of himself, lamenting the feeling that he “got boxed into a scouting report” without making adjustments to counteract what Golden State expected him to do.Related Articlescenter_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum After a night to process the game and what was, for the rookie, a wild season that began in Philadelphia and ended with L.A., he went a little easier on himself.“If you would’ve told me that I would’ve been starting on a playoff team and we would’ve taken Golden State to six games and my job was gonna be to guard Steph Curry a year ago? I would’ve been like ‘Dude, come on,’” said Shamet, who shot 45% from deep and averaged 10.9 points per game in 25 regular-season games with the Clippers.“It’s just crazy. I’m glad I’m here. It’s an incredible opportunity for me not only this year but I think in the future in the next coming years.”He’ll be better, he said, after having been assigned to guard Curry and Klay Thompson in the playoffs.“Those guys are the best of the best and I’m chasing them around for six games in a row,” Shamet, 22, said. “You’re gonna find things here and there that works … They taught me a lot. So thank you guys.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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