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Doc Rivers downplays Blake Griffin’s struggles vs Thunder

first_imgInjury updateRivers remained skeptical forward Hedo Turkoglu would play in the remainder of the Clippers-Oklahoma City series after nursing a back injury since Game 5 of the team’s first-round matchup against Golden State. “He put gym shorts on today so that’s progress,” Rivers said. “I’m serious about that. That’s the first time he’s been able to do anything. It doesn’t look good to be honest.”Turkoglu injured his back after colliding with Warriors forward David Lee. Turkoglu has averaged 3.2 points on 38.5 percent shooting in 38 games. Should the Clippers advance to the Western Conference Finals, however, Rivers sounded optimistic his backup forward would return. According to that timetable, Turkoglu would still sit out in at least Game 4 (at Staples Center on Sunday) and Game 5 (at Oklahoma City on Tuesday).Supply and demandThe Clippers have attracted a lot of attention for numerous reasons.The Lakers ended their season three weeks ago. Controversey emerged over embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racially offensive statements on an audio tape. Uncertainty lingers over how the Clippers and NBA will navigate potential legal issues in ensuring Sterling sells the team. But the Clippers are also impressing enough fans with their on-court play that Game 3 marked the most expensive ticket on the secondary market in their second round series.Vivid Seats, which attracts ticket prices on the secondary market, tabbed an average ticket to Game 3 of the Clippers-Thunder series on Friday as the most expensive. The median price of a ticket costs $230. That cost marked the seventh most expensive game out of all the eight second-round matchups. The median price of a ticket for Game 4 on Sunday costs $205. In his quest to become more of a complete player, Clippers forward Blake Griffin has resorted heavily on his jump shot.So much that those represented the majority of his field-goal attempts through the first two games of the Clippers’ Western Conference semifinals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.There is only one problem though. Griffin shot a combined 12 of 29 from the field through the first two games. “I don’t mind Blake’s jump shot. I think it helps us,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before Game 3 on Friday at Staples Center. “I think it helps us spread the floor. But we do want him to attack more.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Thunder seems content the way it is.“He’s made them this year more than ever,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Griffin. “If I had to pick a dunk or a shot, I would give him a shot.”The Clippers would choose Griffin dunks over his jumpers. But Rivers suggested the approach remains more complicated beyond Griffin changing his shot selection. He prefers that Griffin avoid many post-ups because of the Thunder’s physical frontline made up of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Through two games, that pair has often frustrated him with physical force. “If you get hit enough, you’re going to lose focus,” Rivers said. “But I think he’s good, honestly.” last_img read more

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