Clippers’ Avery Bradley hopes his big moment in Friday’s win will help him adjust

first_imgSigns of progress were evident Friday, when Bradley finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, in addition to three assists, two rebounds, a block and that grand theft with 5.3 seconds left.That heads-up strip of Garrett Temple served to make up for Bradley’s missed free throw moments before – and to set up another trip to the line for Bradley, who made both of those tries.“I hope it’s a game that can get me going, give me some confidence,” Bradley said. “Doc’s not on the court to comfort me, I just have to try to learn how to play off those guys. I have to find how to be efficient in other ways. That’s team basketball and I’m just trying to learn every single game.”TEODOSIC’S FUTUREBefore the game, Rivers addressed reports in Serbian media that Clippers guard Milos Teodosic said he expected to return to play in Europe, possibly this season.In his second season with the Clippers, Teodosic, a superb passer, has appeared in eight games. He has 18 assists, 14 fouls and is averaging 2.9 points. He didn’t play Friday.“I doubt that happens, but we want Milos to be happy too; he’s a great guy and he’s great for this organization,” Rivers said “He’s been a great pro here. Obviously, he hasn’t played the minutes or the way he wants to, but we love him around here, so we’ll figure that all out.”Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 But Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ confidence in Bradley never seemed to waver. Despite his struggles to score, he’s been in the starting lineup each game since returning from the sprained ankle.“He’s a gamer, Avery Bradley is,” said Rivers, who also coached Bradley when he was a member of the Boston Celtics. “He missed all of last year. He missed some of this year. But what doesn’t go away is he’s been in a lot of big games in his life. He’s a defensive star, he really is, he’s one of the best in the league. And you just know eventually his offense is going to come.“But it’s just going to take time and I’m patient with that.”Bradley recognizes that he’s undergoing an adjustment with the Clippers, but that hasn’t made it easy.“The most important thing for me is learning how to play off of (Danilo Gallinari) and Tobias,” Bradley said. “It’s a new role for me. Playing on this team, not being one of the main offensive guys, I’m just trying to learn how to pick my spots and learn how I can help our team.” LOS ANGELES — Avery Bradley had a huge steal to seal the Clippers’ overtime victory Friday – and, boy, did he need it.This season has not gotten off to a rip-roaring start for the 27-year-old shooting guard, a pro’s pro by all accounts.After a groin injury cost him all but six games last season with the Clippers, who acquired him (and Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic) when they traded Blake Griffin to Detroit in January, Bradley was dealt an ankle injury this season that sidelined him for six games.When he’s been in the lineup, the respected on-ball defender has struggled to find his footing offensively. A career 12-point-per-game scorer, he entered Friday’s 112-107 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies averaging 6.6 points and shooting 35.6 percent from the field. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

On deck: Marlins at Dodgers, Thursday, 7:10 p.m.

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MARLINS at DODGERSWhen: 7:10 p.m.TV: SportsNet LA (where available)Where: Dodger Stadium Loves to face: Marcell Ozuna, 0 for 3, KMARLINS RHP EDINSON VOLQUEZ (0-5, 4.41)Vs. Dodgers: 3-4, 4.29At Dodger Stadium: 1-0, 4.88Hates to face: Justin Turner, 6 for 12 (.500), 2 2B, HRLoves to face: Franklin Gutierrez, 0 for 2UPCOMINGFriday – Marlins (LHP Justin Nicolino, 0-0, 1.50 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Alex Wood, 4-0, 2.27 ERA), 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LASaturday – Marlins (RHP Dan Straily, 1-3, 3.56 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias, 0-1, 3.43 ERA), 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA, MLB NetworkSunday – Marlins (TBD) at Dodgers (RHP Brandon McCarthy, 3-1, 4.15 ERA), 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA, KTLAcenter_img THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (1-5, 4.99)Vs. Marlins: 1-1, 2.57At Dodger Stadium: 12-9, 3.22Hates to face: Ichiro Suzuki, 2 for 3 (.667), HRlast_img read more