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“We had better command of the basketball, so open shots weren’t as easily available,” Brooks said. “We came out with a great defensive disposition. All five guys were locked in. That’s what it’s going to have to take to beat this team.”
But L.A. coach Doc Rivers isn’t too concerned with Griffin. He says his all-star was just off his game a little.
“Blake missed some great shots early on,” Doc Rivers said. “I think he was 1 for 8 at halftime. I would like six of those back. He missed point-blank looks at the rim, open shots. He’s going to get those shots and he’ll make almost 9 out of 10 most nights. You live with those.”
One player who made an impact and name for himself is Adams. He came off the bench to chime in for six points and five boards, but it was other aspects of his game that caught the Clippers’ attention.
“I like him,” Rivers said of Adams. “He’s a physical player. Red Auerbach used to always tell me, ‘You got to get agitators.’ And he’s one of those for sure. Red truly believed that. He said you got to have two or three on the team and they have him and Perk.”
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