The LA Clippers needed to shake things up and that’s exactly what Thursday’s ‘clear-the-air’ team meeting did for them. Whatever was discussed had an immediate impact as the Clippers dominated the Grizzlies 114-98 in Memphis.
“It was a long meeting, but it was a truthful meeting,” head coach Doc Rivers told the LA Times. “We just talked. There wasn’t any screaming. It was just a good team discussion about what we want to be and what we need to do.
This season — largely defined by a lack of consistency on the defensive end of the floor — has amounted to a handful of frustrating moments, for players, coaches, and fans alike. Part of it comes from a certain mentality and the team meeting seems to have solved that, even if just for the short-term.
“We know we haven’t played the way we should,” Blake Griffin said after the win. “So sometimes just scrapping the film, scrapping the walk-through and just talking and letting guys get some frustrations out, talk about what they’re seeing.”
Griffin finished Thursday night’s just two assists shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
“We’ve shown that we can do it, so we’ve got to be able to do it all the time,” DeAndre Jordan said. “We can’t do it in spurts in a game for like 25 minutes. We’ve got to it for 48 minutes, man.”
The Clippers had six players score in double figures, with Austin Rivers leading the way with 20 points. Chris Paul had 19 points and seven assists.
“I had the film queued,” Rivers said. “We were about to watch film and I just said, ‘You know what, we’re not watching film. We’re not even going to do a walk-through.’ We didn’t do anything on Memphis. We just decided to talk about our team. I opened it up and they went from there.”
Good move, coach.