Steve Clifford Rumors

“We just made too many mistakes,” Clifford said. “That’s it. Period. (We struggled with) rotations, mistakes and things that you have to be able to do to beat a team like that. The effort was there, obviously, we had plays we had to make there at the end (and) we didn’t make them. They did. “At the end of the day, to win these games, again, we can fix it (in practice). We’ve got to be better defensively. We’ve got to be smarter. We’ve got to be smarter with the basic stuff, smarter, all the time.”
Clifford said he’s had numerous conversations with Jordan and Ewing about the plusses and minuses of players taking time off when they are healthy enough to play. All three agree that players need to be on the floor if they are available. “I’ve had two or three dinners and conversations with (Jordan) and Patrick and they start talking about (resting players) and (Jordan) doesn’t understand it. Nor does Patrick,’’ Clifford added. “Their thing is, that’s why you play. You train all year to play those 82 games.’’
Jordan played in all 82 games nine times and had two other times when he played at least 80 games. In Ewing’s 17 NBA seasons, he played every game three times and appeared in at least 80 games three other times. “It’s easy for me because I’m working for an owner who doesn’t believe in (resting healthy players),’’ Clifford said of Jordan. “I also have an associate head coach who would kill me if I started doing that. The climate in this league has changed. This is 17 years (in the NBA) for me, but 17 years ago, nobody would have thought about sitting out of a game.’’