Clippers’ Landry Shamet eager to play alongside Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

first_img“Just being a shooter, knowing how teams are going to play those guys, I feel like I am a smart, cerebral guy on that end,” said Shamet, who is shooting 41.5 percent overall and 38.7 from 3-point range in 11 games this season.“I know where to find my spots.”INJURY UPDATESRivers said Patrick Beverley (concussion) and Lou Williams (right calf soreness) practiced Monday, but the 58-year-old coach cautioned that even he could’ve made it through the session, “which is telling you it was very little movement.”Continued Rivers: “We’re tired, we had a back-to-back, we got into Chicago at 3:45 a.m. or whatever and most of the guys probably went to bed at 5. Next night we landed in L.A. at 2:30 a.m. I went out after that, of course, went to the clubs – and so I went to bed at 5. So today I almost canceled practice. It was one of those coaching things, tough to decide.”In the end, he said his players decided for him: “Everyone was gonna come in, so we had practice.”Closing a tough six-game trip in Chicago, the Clippers were missing both guards, as well as Kawhi Leonard (injury management) and JaMychal Green (tailbone contusion).Beverley, Williams and Green all are listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game on the official injury report. Rivers said he doubted Green would play Tuesday. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PLAYA VISTA — Landry Shamet stood before a media scrum on Monday at the Clippers’ training facility for the first time in five weeks, healed and happy to talk about his role beside Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.“I want to play basketball and I don’t like to sit out,” Shamet said. “It sucked, but I was patient, diligent, competitive in my rehab and I’m back.”Shamet showed as much in the Clippers’ loss Saturday in Chicago, when he was 4 for 5 from the field, including shooting a confident 3 for 4 from 3-point range, finishing with 11 points in 21 minutes.“He’s still gotta get back into the flow of the game,” teammate Montrezl Harrell said. “But for the minutes that he was out there, he gave us productive minutes.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Shamet can envision it, too.Related Articles Saturday marked Shamet’s first action since he sustained a sprained left ankle on Nov. 11. It also was his first game alongside George, who missed the first 11 games this season as he completed rehab on his surgically repaired shoulders.“I think I will be able to find spots and figure out where I can be effective with this team,” said Shamet, the Clippers’ second-year sharpshooter, whose 167 regular-season 3-pointers last season rank fourth all-time on the rookie 3-point leaderboard.“I wasn’t playing with Paul George before I got hurt, so I have to get acclimated to him, and Kawhi didn’t play the other night, my first game back, so still yet to be on the floor with both those guys.”Coach Doc Rivers predicts good looks ahead for the former Wichita State star, starting Tuesday night when the Clippers (20-8) host the Phoenix Suns (11-14).“When we put that whole group out on the floor, I think what we’ll find – or what he’ll find – is nobody is guarding him at times, which for him will be a new thing,” Rivers said. “It’s tough to key on him. You could see Chicago just wasn’t ready to key on Sham because they were worried about Lou (Williams) and Kawhi and PG – obviously, they didn’t know those two weren’t playing – but you could see that.” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ last_img

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