When Tyrone Wallace goes on the attack, the Clippers benefit

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 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 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Wallace said he was looking forward to the back portion of this weekend’s otherwise grueling back-to-back — geographically speaking.The former Cal standout is plenty comfortable in the Bay area, where he played four years of college ball and returns regularly.“It’s definitely a place that I like to go visit,” said Wallace, a Bakersfield native. “My second home.”He and his teammates will be a little fresher for the matchup with the Golden State Warriors — whom they defeated 121-116 in overtime in their first meeting on Nov. 12 at Staples Center — because they opted to play a 2 p.m. game Saturday against the Nuggets.That rare start time gave the Clippers a few extra hours of rest entering Sunday’s game on the road against the three-times-in-four-season NBA champions, who played the Dallas Mavericks at 5:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena.As an added bonus, the Clippers winning handily Saturday meant they were able to evenly split the minutes in Saturday’s victory. No one beside rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (who got 32 minutes) played more than 26.“Even as a player, I never bought in that if you played less minutes that you got less tired the next night, you know?” Rivers said. “Probably less strenuous minutes, yes. Because you do all the pre-work the same. You do all your running before the game, you do all your shooting before the game and that accounts for it.“I do think it helps that we’re playing earlier,” Rivers added. “By the time we land, Golden State will still be playing. So I think that helps a little bit.RIVERS IS NO. 13Rivers moved past Jack Ramsay for 13th on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list with Saturday’s victory, which gave him 865 for his career. “It’s just my game, it’s what I do well, attack the basket,” Wallace said. “There were some times today where I was probably a little overaggressive, but it happens. It’s basketball.“And a good thing about our team is they want me to be aggressive, they want guys to be aggressive and play their games. So you know, they’re telling me keep being aggressive and that always helps.”The fact that Wallace isn’t an especially adept shooter (he badly airballed a 3-point attempt Saturday) doesn’t really bother Rivers, the coach said.Related Articlescenter_img LOS ANGELES>> If it seems to you as if games start to tilt the Clippers’ way when Tyrone Wallace is on the floor, that’s just him going downhill.“For whatever reason, whenever he’s on the floor, it’s our highest pace,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “It was last year and it’s again this year. And it’s the darnedest thing, watching it. I can’t figure what is different, but it is. We get the ball up the floor more, we attack earlier. He has an impact when he’s on the floor for us.”The second-year guard continued to get good running time in the Clippers’ 132-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at Staples Center.In 20 minutes, he finished with eight points, four rebounds and a steal (and four maybe-too-aggressive fouls). It was the fifth time in six games that Wallace’s assertiveness was rewarded with more than 10 minutes. “He’s an elite attacker, and why wouldn’t you always do that?” he said. “That’s what I try to get him to do.”NOT-SO-BAD BACK-TO-BACK Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img


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