The injury that is slated to sideline superstar forward Blake Griffin for close to two months will hinder the LA Clippers’ offense dramatically. Head coach Doc Rivers said as much after the Utah Jazz snapped the team’s three-game winning streak, and the answer might be better defense.
After allowing 126 points to the Jazz, the Clippers must decide how they’re going to proceed without Griffin. Although the team is also missing Milos Teodosic and Patrick Beverley, the offense runs through Griffin.
Austin Rivers and Lou Williams have picked up the slack at the guard position, although Rivers acknowledged that the team got worn out trying to fight back against the Jazz. The team hopes that Danilo Gallinari can return by mid-December, as he appears to be the closest to a comeback.
“We don’t have a lot of true offensive players,” Doc Rivers told reporters following the game. “You have to trust more. You have to allow them to play, allow them to make mistakes and breathe through it. … We’ve lost so many scorers and playmakers, we have to try and make short-term changes on the fly.”
Montrezl Harrell, who came to LA in the trade for Chris Paul, got the first crack at replacing Griffin. Although Harrell started, Sam Dekker received significant minutes at the power forward position. The duo combined for 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting, with Harrell making all five of his shot attempts.
The Clippers will hope to keep their head above water while they continue to miss time due to injuries. LA does have a favorable matchup Saturday when it travels to Dallas to take on the Mavericks.
Harrell, who received a start because of his energy and passing, is expected to continue starting in the immediate future. For more Clippers news and tickets to select home games, keep it here on AXS.com.