Clippers not surprised Bulls’ frustration boiled over

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — So frustrated was Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen following Montrezl Harrell’s hard pick – an offensive foul in the eyes of Boylen and the officials; a fair basketball play, according to Harrell and the Clippers – that Boylen yelled down the sideline toward Doc Rivers to express his outrage.“All of a sudden, I hear Boylen yelling at me, saying that we were dirty or whatever,” Rivers said after Friday’s win. “I wanted to say, ‘Maybe turn around and yell at your guys and tell them (to) yell out picks, but don’t yell at me.’ I didn’t say it that nice though.”For the first time that he could recall in his 20 years of coaching, Rivers and another coach were simultaneously ejected, excused with 1:10 to go in a third quarter during which the Clippers outscored the Bulls 45-21. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Harrell – who insisted he “didn’t do anything maliciously” with his sturdy midcourt pick – agreed with his coach.“I feel like a lot of teams get frustrated going up against us,” Harrell said. “But that’s what we want. We said we were gonna be one of those types of teams in the beginning of the year, so if they’re frustrated playing us, then we’re playing right to a tee, really. That’s what we wanted to do, we want to frustrate teams, we want teams to come in here and physically and mentally just be drained after the game.”WHAT STRUGGLE?Asked how he manages to stay composed when going through shooting struggles such as Friday’s 0-for-6 start, Landry Shamet squinted, perplexed by the question.“Going through what?”“Shooting struggles.”“Uh, they just didn’t go in,” said the 22-year-old guard, who enters Sunday’s game against Brooklyn four 3-pointers shy of moving into 16th all time among rookies. “I don’t look at them as a shooting struggle. I mean, if you could control the ball going in or not, players would be really, really good. You just can’t let that control the rest of your game.“I don’t look at it as ‘struggles,’ I’ve been doing this my whole life. … The first couple didn’t go in, that’s just basketball. You gotta just keep playing.”Shamet sank three 3-pointers in the third period as the Clippers roared past the Bulls for a 104-82 lead.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img “I love him,” Rivers said of the Shamet and his short memory. “I tell all my offensive players … if you’re not willing to go 0 for 50, then you can’t play for me. Those are the great ones, where you can go 0 for 10, 0 for 15, 0 for 20. I’m not gonna take you out – I’m only going to take you out if you stop shooting. And that’s what he does.“I couldn’t shoot, so I didn’t have that luxury,” continued Rivers, who shot 44 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range in his playing career. “But I used to always wonder when Randy Wittman (a 50 percent field-goal shooter) would miss a 3, he would stop shooting. Like, ‘If I could shoot like you, I would never stop shooting.’ I used to think that as a player.“And now, as a coach, I tell my players that: ‘Shoot the ball if that’s what you do.’ That’s (Shamet’s) value and he did a great job of it.” The whole situation, in Rivers’ mind, was a reflection of how tough his Clippers are to play against.“Listen, we’re not trying to have that happen,” Rivers said. “And I don’t think that should’ve happened. I was embarrassed that it did, to be honest. But we’re not gonna be any different. We’re going to be us.“We had one goal before the year started: After every game, (opponents) look at (this) team and say, ‘That team is hard to play against.’ And that’s our goal, each game, and tonight that happened.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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