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Doc Rivers' defensive schemes will key to Lob City's success.
Although the Clippers’ are still learning Rivers’ complex defense, Lob City’s new coach has to be pleased with his team’s defensive effort against the Blazers.
LAC forced 21 turnovers and limited Portland to just 35.9 percent shooting from the field. Last season the Clips really struggled to defend the three-point line, allowing opponents to shoot 37.3 percent from deep, the fifth-worst mark in the league.
Crisp rotations and quick closeouts bothered the young Blazers, who converted just five of their 24 attempts. One game into the preseason, the Clippers limited the Blazers to just 20.4 percent shooting from downtown.
Unfortunately, the small sample size and the context of the exhibition game make it a challenge to evaluate the Clippers’ entire defensive potential. Keeping up the defensive intensity will be key, as the Clippers refine their strategy throughout the rest of the preseason.