Los Angeles Clippers’ bench offers new weapons

first_img“(He’s) just another scorer,” Doc Rivers said of Speights. “I don’t think anyone has a guy like that on their bench, for that matter. Golden State had one last year, and now he’s on our team. But there’s not a lot of fives that can do what Mo does as far as offensively shoot the3. There are some, but Mo also has a post game as well. “He’s a veteran, professional scorer and it’s nice to have one on your bench.”And it seems like the Clippers will give Speights an opportunity to be one of the top scorers off the bench. “For sure, one of the many reasons I came here was because I could get an opportunity to play on a championship caliber team and be able to be one of the guys to come off the bench and make an impact on the team,” Speights said. The Clipper bench, at times, has been too dependant on Crawford, and could use other players to help carry the offensive load. PORTLAND, Ore. >> While Doc Rivers didn’t want to tip his hand for his opening night starting lineup for some reason, that the Clippers started Luc Mbah a Moute wasn’t too surprising. After all, he started 61 games for the team a year ago.While things in the team’s first five aren’t different this year, save for a healthy Blake Griffin, the second unit definitely could look differently. The Clippers re-signed Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson this summer, giving the unit some continuity. But newcomers Raymond Felton, Alan Anderson, Brandon Bass and perhaps most importantly, Marreese Speights, could give the bench new dimensions and new weapons for Doc Rivers to play with. Speights, who the Clippers signed from Golden State this offseason, could be the most interesting offensive piece the Clipper bench has had since the team brought in Crawford five summers ago. “If Jamal’s playing well, we don’t mind depending on him, as well. We want Jamal to stay aggressive, be aggressive, we want Mo to be aggressive, we want Austin to be aggressive, and Raymond,” Doc Rivers said. “We want those guys to all play downhill and fast and be aggressive. Those guys, especially Raymond, Austin and Jamal, have the ability to create scoring. We want them to do that.”Agree to disagreeBefore Thursday’s game, Portland coach Terry Stotts was asked if his team was at an advantage by already playing a regular season game on Tuesday.Stotts said he thought it favored the Clippers because it allowed them a chance to watch film of something other than an exhibition game. Doc Rivers had a different answer. “I would have rather had the game,” he said. “I think it’s always nice to play first.”NotesPaul Pierce continued his recovery from a low right ankle sprain, working out on the court before Thursday’s game. Pierce hasn’t played since he injured the ankle before the Clippers’ final exhibition game after he stepped on the foot of an ESPN sideline reporter. … Alan Anderson, who Doc Rivers said would be available on a game-to-game basis, was healthy enough to play in the team’s opener. … Blake Griffin, who spent time working on his perimeter game this summer, made his first 3-point attempt of the season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img