Clippers feel flexibility under coach Lue: ‘I am not a man who believes I know whatever’
Clippers forward Marcus Morris was going over the importance of his coach’s champion experience Sunday night when he captured himself, questioning whether he ‘d misspoke.
” He’s won one,” Morris stated of Tyronn Lue. “Or maybe two. Did he win two?”
3, in fact, but one sufficed to highlight Morris’ point. The Clippers were developed to win huge, however couple of actually know what it takes. When Lue talks, the lineup has listened.
Becoming part of two title seasons with the Lakers, and training Cleveland to another five years earlier, taught Lue much, however not whatever. He has told his group as much 3 months into his Clippers period. It is why when Lue talks, he expects players to interject.
” I am not a person who thinks I understand whatever,” Lue said. “I simply wish to get it right rather of thinking I understand whatever. It’s good to have dialogue with your players, simply see what they think and what their thoughts are and when you can speak to them about ‘OK, well your thoughts are not right due to the fact that of this,’ and you can explain it to them, I think it makes it a lot much better.
” Having that continuous communication with your gamers, I think, is really great and they always feel a part of it. Not that I am constantly right. Not that they are always right. We just want to get it right.”
Almost one month into this season in which a lot might go wrong, because of either a pandemic, last season’s hangover from blowing a 3-1 playoff series lead or just the night-to-night problems in the NBA, the Clippers usually have actually been on the right side of the scoreboard. Following Sunday’s 33-point thrashing of Indiana, the Clippers owned the league’s second-best record and third-best point differential– despite a 51-point loss early on.
Paul George’s career-best start, Nicolas Batum’s revival and the NBA’s top-shooting roster have factored greatly into that 10-4 start. Not to be neglected, forward Kawhi Leonard stated, is the group’s running discussion.
” It’s simply open, you can say what you desire,” Morris stated Sunday. “Everyone got a great deal of respect for each other, listen to the gamers, and we simply going forward, man. And the discussion in between gamers and coaches needs to be strong if you’re attempting to win a championship.
” … We kind of felt let down in 2015 and the very first thing we did before we got together was we let that s– go. It’s a brand-new season, it’s a brand-new group, and we’re just attempting to go out there every day and get much better.”
Doing that needs understanding where improvement is required and from their 51-point loss to Dallas, the biggest margin of defeat in franchise history, to losing a 22-point lead in a defeat at Golden State, there has been much to go over.
” In San Francisco we possibly remained an hour after the game in the locker space talking with each other,” Batum said. “So there are different methods to bond.”
In his effort to push the Clippers forward, Lue has not relied entirely on the Socratic technique. After 10 video games he got rid of ineffectual five-man mixes, and some contributors from the routine rotation, after seeking advice from lineup data. Taking a look at the numbers led to discussions as he discussed his reasoning for the modifications.
” The most significant thing is just having discussion about it, simply talking with each other, the coaches and the players, together,” Lue said. “Simply speaking about what we see, what the numbers say and I believe the men comprehended it.”
Morris had actually known Lue long prior to he became his coach, and that familiarity led the veteran forward to be optimistic that such trust might help repair a locker room where much was typically stated last season, however not constantly heard.
As training camp started in December, Morris stated that Lue “not truly having that ego,” along with a determination to welcome concepts “not simply in his own mind” had raised his confidence. 7 weeks after camp opened, that belief has not been lost.
” I feel like our energy is way better this season,” Morris stated Sunday. “Believe people are buying in.”
Said George: “It’s a real bond. It’s fun with this team, it’s secured, we are together. It is among the best locker spaces I have actually been around and been in. It is just, hopefully you people see it, simply how well we are meshing.”
There have actually been growing discomforts. Early hallmarks consisted of lost leads, made it possible for by permeable second-half defense and cold stretches on offense. Fighting complacency “is about breaking things down and informing them step by action what’s occurring when teams are coming back and making these work on us,” Lue said. “We have been discussing that over the recently or two.”
By preserving comfortable second-half leads versus Sacramento and Indiana to extend their winning streak to 4, the Clippers revealed they had listened.