Basketball
Clippers want Blake Griffin to shoot more and Seth Curry to play more

"They came pretty early," Griffin said. "Some teams wait for the first dribble, some teams wait until you have a foot outside the lane. They doubled pretty early and pretty consistently throughout the game."

Nov.01 - SportLand: The Los Angeles Clippers want Blake Griffin to shoot more. The Dallas Mavericks merely want Seth Curry to play more. Those are the want lists of the two Western Conference teams that meet Wednesday at the Staples Center.

The Clippers have lost two straight games after opening the season 4-0, and there was nothing in the defeats coach Doc Rivers wants to see again anytime soon.

In a 95-87 loss to Detroit on Saturday, the Clippers coach said his team lacked energy. His players didn't necessarily agree, and they were coming off a one-point Thursday win at Portland in which the five starters all played 34 minutes or more. Those are late-season minutes for an October game, and the Clippers looked a bit spent against the Pistons.   

The Clippers were drubbed 141-113 by the Golden State Warriors on Monday, a game in which the reigning NBA champions shot 58 percent, smothered the shooting game of the Los Angeles guards and holding Griffin to 16 points and just 10 field-goal attempts

According to SportsYahoo.com, with Chris Paul gone, Griffin is now the leader of the offensive attack, and Rivers does not want him to be the least bit shy. However, other teams know that, too. The Warriors chose to double-team Griffin early and often, and then they beat the Clippers severely in transition.

"They came pretty early," Griffin said. "Some teams wait for the first dribble, some teams wait until you have a foot outside the lane. They doubled pretty early and pretty consistently throughout the game."

Rivers said, "Whenever we talk about Golden State, we only talk about their offense. And I think their defense is what sets them apart."

 The Clippers are still in transition after a roster overhaul that saw them bring back only five players back from last season, and they are down a guard with Milos Teodosic out indefinitely due to plantar fasciitis. Guards Austin Rivers and Lou Williams were a combined 5 of 18 from the field Monday.        

The Mavericks won just 33 games last season and are 1-7 thus far in 2017-18, the worst record in the league. Curry has yet to play due to a leg injury, and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. has struggled as rookies forced to start often do.