What will it take for the Clippers not to be in a position to claw back against a dangerous Jazz team? What will it take for the Clippers to execute the way they want to from the jump? “We’re going to have to trust each other,” Jackson said. “We have to move the ball and move bodies. We have to be aggressive and make sure we shore up things defensively. Then it’ll probably be a little bit easier to communicate in our home arena. At the same time, we have to be louder and communicate more to eliminate confusion. We have to match up. It doesn’t matter if we’re cross matched. Shrink the court and be ready to funnel out and protect the 3-point line. We have to take the onus on the ball, take some pride and guard one-on-one.”
June 22, 2021 | 7:49 pm EDT Update
Wes Goldberg: Klay Thompson in an Instagram post says he’s begun light on-court work — running up and down the floor, shooting, etc.
Tim MacMahon: The Mavericks will not seek any compensation from a team that hires Rick Carlisle despite the coach resigning with two years remaining on his contract, sources told ESPN. Mark Cuban does not want to complicate Carlisle’s quest for a new opportunity.
Brandon Rahbar: Sam Presti: “Unless we want to change our goals and aspirations, we have a clear plan we want to follow. We know we can be successful. We’ve done it before. It’s something that’s going to take some time. It’s something that’s going to take some good fortune at some point.”
June 22, 2021 | 7:24 pm EDT Update
Joe Mussatto: Presti said the Boston trade made sense for both sides. When asked about how Kemba fits with SGA, he said that won’t be a problem with the way the Thunder plays. SGA played alongside CP and Dennis Schroder two seasons ago. Last season, the team wanted the ball in SGA’s hands.