Doc Rivers passed over the wreckage of the LA 6 game’s Clippers collapse and saw several signal signs.
Blowing two big leads over their last two losses to allow the Denver Nuggets to stunningly force Game 7, the Clippers stopped playing with the pace and goal that helped them build a 16-point, 19-point lead in Games 5 and 6.
And in Game 6, Rivers saw the game turn around in the third quarter after Jamal Murray fell hard without a foul and Paul George hit 3, bringing the Clippers to 68-49 with 10:10 left in the quarter.
“It’s no secret as a decoction that something happened,” Rivers said Monday of two consecutive blows to the Clippers. “The two things we didn̵
“I think it’s from the time Murray fell with that injury,” Rivers added to the Nuggets, who shot 12 of 16 free throws in the third after the Clippers, led by 19. “I think it’s human nature. Do you see that man?” goes down, there’s no call in the game and then the next thing you know you’re on the free throw line. And give credit to Denver because they understood it and started being aggressive. “
Overall, both teams fired the same number of free throws (27) in Game 6, but Rivers said the Nuggets’ aggression paid off in the second half as Denver went on the line 19 times to 11 for the Clippers in the second half. .
As the Clippers enter their biggest game of the season, trying to qualify for their first Western Conference final, Rivers says it’s imperative that George and his guards don’t bother.
George has committed at least four fouls in the previous three games with five fouls per game in Games 4 and 5. Patrick Beverly has also been fouled for 18 minutes in Game 6, putting pressure on Rivers’ defensive rotation.
“PG can’t get in trouble,” Rivers said he needs his star guard in Game 7. I think he’s had trouble with at least two, maybe three of the games, and sometimes he doesn’t even keep any of yours. we have to keep it on the floor.
“The unpleasant problems of our guards, they were very painful in this series, not just in the last two games. We have to keep our guards on the floor, because if we don’t, we have to move to defensive lines that are not desirable. “
While the resilient Nuggets have momentum and will play in their fourth consecutive game 7, dating from the last postseason, the Clippers will rely mostly on the Game 7 experience of both Rivers and Kawhi Leonard.
Rivers is no stranger to Game 7. He is 6-7 in Game 7s of all time, with his wins second only to Red Auerbach’s eight, according to ESPN Stats and Information research.
“Rah-ra speeches are very overrated,” Rivers said of what he would tell his team before Game 7. “They last about three minutes … there’s no such secret speech. It’s about the movies.”
“There is nothing secret or magical,” Rivers added. “It’s about playing basketball, preparing, moving the ball, doing all the things we can do.”
And the Clippers will rely on Leonard, the managing MVP of the Finals, who is 2-2 in Game 7.
“We just have to leave everything on the floor and make sure we pay attention to detail and perform and communicate at the defensive end,” Lennard said in a message to his Game 7s team on Sunday. “And that’s all we can do, go out there and play hard and just make sure we know the game plan.”
Leonard eliminated Philadelphia last year with a memorable corner kick in Game 7 of the Eastern Semifinals for the Toronto Raptors.
“He’s steadfast,” Rivers told Leonard. “Kauhi, you can’t guarantee that he will play well or not, because he is human and all the players are.
“But you know, the moment isn’t going to be too big. It’s the only thing like it, you just know it. So it’s comforting to know that.”