San Diego – No poop, no sweat.
Although the Clippers injured superstar won’t be taking his New Balance sneakers up to the action, well, “no one knows” for how long, with his teammates lacking confidence ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Especially not seniors. Junior either.
Veteran forward Marcus Morris Sr. and rookie guard Brandon Boston Jr. have both brought a healthy swagger to action this week at Clippers training camp at San Diego State, where Tyrone Lew’s team is practicing at the Jam Center gym. Where a large recognizable “KL” palm print hangs on a banner in honor of Aztec legend Leonard.
Morris – who said his troubled knee during the Clippers Western Conference final run this season is close to 100% – announced Wednesday that the Clippers’ luck would have been different last postseason if…
“If I were 100%,” said the 11th-year forward, whose career-high 47.3% 3-point shooting percentage was the second-best points in the NBA last season. “I believe we would have been in the final.”
And if anyone missed Brandon Boston Jr.’s on-court bravado during Summer League play in Las Vegas (where the 19-year-old averaged 13 points in 24 minutes on 44.1% shooting), this is how he introduced himself to the camp : “I describe myself as a bucket.”
“I can score on all three levels,” explained the former Chatsworth Sierra Canyon standout. “Whenever I get the ball, I think I can put it in the hoop.”
This notion is supported by the Clippers’ play-by-play broadcaster, Brian Seaman, who listed Boston’s bucket-gating as one of the highlights seen at the exercise this week.
Reggie – his positivity is infectious, you can tell how happy he is to be here
TMnn – making plays, finishing
Hartenstein – Talented passerby, can really play
Luke – Being Aggressive, Knocking Down 3
Brandon Boston: Getting the Bucket – He Can Score
— Brian Seeman (@BSieman) September 29, 2021
But Boston seems even more confident in his knowledge: He’s got a lot to learn.
“With the veterinarians coming in, it’s really cool, really fun, because you get to learn from them,” he said. “I being one of the youngest guys on the team, just soaking up and being a sponge and asking questions when I don’t know anything.”
Luckily for Boston, Morris doesn’t shy away from offering honest advice.
“He’ll tell you when you’re wrong and certainly teach you,” said Boston, recalling an earlier instance when Morris offered some tips on guarding the post—a nascent defensive demonstrations. One aspect of Kee’s list that requires significantly more work than his basket-making, according to Lew.
“That’s one thing I noticed about him,” Boston said of Morris. “He didn’t care what anyone had to say, he just came over and held me in front of everyone and told me how to do it and he really is one of the most genuine vets I can say.”
Between June 18 and training camp, some Clippers fans went back and re-watched some or all of their team’s 25-point rally in Game 6 of the second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, a comeback that punched in. Team tickets to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Know who said that historic evening at Staples Center didn’t feel the need to rewind the tapes?
Terence Mann, the star of that evening.
“I don’t, not really,” said Mann, who exploded to a career-high 39 points. “I see highlights that I’m tagged in (on social media) and stuff like that, but I’m kind of on that.”
This makes sense to Lew, who said before Thursday morning’s practice that he would look forward to his game as a young NBA player, but not necessarily the ones he played well.
“I saw enough of the things I needed to do better, I didn’t really see the things I did well,” Lew said. “Because I just wanted to improve and make sure I keep getting better and make sure I clean up the mistakes I’m making.”
So, as spectacular as Mann Ki Raat? A game by a second-round draft pick, scoring 15 for 21 off the field in his second NBA season, became the third Clippers to sink seven 3-pointers in a playoff game, while equaling his scoring total for the first five games of the series. Of. Combined with 25 points in the second half alone?
“I don’t need to see it,” Mann said. “I know what happened.”
“Terrence Mann is unstoppable!”
39 points for value ️pic.twitter.com/WgM7XBvrrw
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) June 19, 2021