Clippers expect ‘motivated’ Celtics after last month’s huge comeback in Boston

first_imgCoach Doc Rivers remembers last month’s monumental comeback in Boston as the most remarkable of all of his Clippers’ victories this season.Better believe the Celtics remember it too. The teams meet again Monday night at Staples Center.“We owe ’em something,” Boston forward Gordon Hayward said Saturday after his team beat the Lakers for its third consecutive victory on its four-game swing through California.On Feb. 9 in Boston, the Clippers overcame a 28-point deficit and won 123-112, pulling off the comeback despite incorporating four new players and coming armed with only one scripted play in their quiver. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters With every few 3-pointers he cans, Shamet climb higher on the all-time rookie list.He enters Monday’s game tied for 19th with former Clipper Eric Gordon with 131 3-pointers, and Shamet’s next two 3s will move him into a tie for 18th with Damon Stoudamire.It’s also worth noting that of the rookies in the top 20, only one had a higher 3-point shooting percentage than Shamet’s current mark of 41.6 percent: Steph Curry – whose 166 3s as a rookie are the third-most on record — finished his first season shooting 43.7 percent from deep. 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 What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was the largest comeback by any road team since 2009, the largest blown lead by the Celtics since 2003 — and a big-time gut punch for the Celtics, who’d just lost to the Lakers on a buzzer-beater by Rajon Rondo and then went on lose five of their next eight.After the collapse, Celtics forward Marcus Morris didn’t hold back, venting to reporters asking about the Clippers: “You seen a way tougher, more aggressive team … emphasize the word ‘team.’”He went on: “For me it’s not really about the loss. It’s about the attitudes that we’re playing with. Guys are hanging their heads. It’s just not fun. It’s not fun. We’re not competing at a high level. Even though we’re winning, it’s not fun. I don’t see the joy in the game. I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench, they’re jumping on the court, they’re doing all of this other stuff that looks like they’re enjoying their teammates’ success … and when I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals.”“This … has to change, man.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates The Celtics suggest that they figured something out last week on their cross-country flight, after which they clobbered the Golden State Warriors, snuck past the Sacramento Kings and took care of business against the short-handed Lakers.A victory against the Clippers will give them a California sweep – and some payback.“My guess is they are gonna be really focused on us,” Rivers said Sunday before practice in Playa Vista. “Because in a way, we started the little misery trip that they went on for a little while.”“Teams don’t forget,” said Landry Shamet, who played a key role in the comeback in his Clippers debut, scoring 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. “They’re not gonna forget about that night. They probably feel like they gave that game away. We’ve all been in those situations, so we’re expecting a motivated Boston team.”A motivated team that’s talented and capable, Rivers said.“I even said it after the game … the sky’s not falling in Boston,” the former Celtics coach said. “You’ve got a lot of players, and they’re gonna figure it out. And the closer they get to the playoffs, they’ll get better and better. Because they no longer are trying to win it, now it’s winning time.”SHAMET AN ALL-TIME SHOOTERRelated Articleslast_img

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