first_imgTypically a forward, the versatile Green played 21 minutes and finished a team-high plus-nine in the 113-105 defeat. He finished with six points, going 1 for 2 from the field, making his only 3-point attempt and three of his four free throws.“He’s another big who can stretch the floor,” the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley said. “Doc did a great job of making the adjustments, and as a unit, we were able to switch a little bit more, get stops, run. … (But) we kind of put him in a bad position with (Warriors center Andrew) Bogut.”Acknowledged the 7-foot Bogut: “They went very small, they started the game with Green at the 5, so we knew we had the rebounding advantage, especially for me.”Bogut pulled down 10 rebounds and Green grabbed two – and a pair of guards shared leading rebounder honors: Steph Curry and Beverley also finished with 10 apiece. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates 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 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Additionally, the freebies Gallinari works so hard for have been harder to come by: The NBA’s fourth-best regular-season foul shooter (90.4 percent) is finding the playoffs less charitable.In four first-round games, he’s made 19 of 21 free throws but has gotten only 5.3 attempts per game. In the regular season, Gallinari averaged 5.4 free throws made per game on six foul shots per game.Still, the Clippers are keeping the faith in their Italian standout as they try to extend the series.“Gallo’s a pro, he knows what he needs to do to get going,” said Lou Williams, who also has felt the Warriors’ defensive bite, scoring a total of 28 points in the past two games after scoring a combined 61 in the series’ first two.“(Gallinari is) gonna come out, he’s gonna play hard next game,” echoed Wilson Chandler, a forward who this season was reunited with Gallinari on their third team together. “Gallo’s a pro.”STARTING GREENSeeking help creating space to work with offensively, Clippers coach Doc Rivers inserted the 6-9 JaMychal Green into the starting lineup at center Sunday in place of Ivica Zubac, who didn’t play.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory In the regular-season, Gallinari hit 51.9 percent of his “wide open” 3-pointers, or those taken with a defender positioned 6 feet or farther away, according to nba.com/stats. And 17 percent of his 3-point attempts in the regular season were of the wide-open variety.But during this best-of-seven first-round series – the Clippers trail 3-1 with Game 5 on Wednesday in Oakland – Gallinari hasn’t been nearly as good when he’s gotten those really good looks. More than 23 percent of his 25 3-pointers this series have been of the wide-open variety, and only 26.7 percent of them have gone in.“The playoffs are … a different deal for everybody,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “You’re so much more locked in defensively. You can see what the Clippers are trying to take away with our 3-point shooting, and that’s what we’re trying to do to them, too.“We know what a huge factor and key Gallinari is for them, so we’re doing our best to try to pressure him, stay in front of him and challenge every shot, because when he has big games, the Clippers generally win. He’s a real key for them.” LOS ANGELES — The Warriors have made life heck on Danilo Gallinari.The Clippers have been clear about their need to get Gallinari going; conversely, top-seeded Golden State understands that as Gallo goes, so go the Clippers.And so the two-time defending NBA champs have focused much of their substantial defensive energy on slowing the Clippers’ normally steady scorer, shading defenders his way, quickly sending help, using their great length to impede his progress.They’ve got the 6-foot-10 forward fighting so hard that he’s even fighting himself on open looks.last_img

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