first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Related Articles “It’s not all about just playing good,” Motley said. “I thought I was gonna come in and just play good and things were gonna work out. I played good, but there’s a lot of little things you’ve gotta go through – patience, opportunities, you’ve gotta wait for this opportunity.“That’s why I think the two-way (contract) is also good. You got guys who in the league and those guys are not playing, and here (with Agua Caliente) at least I can come play 30 minutes a game, and then, I go up there and maybe I get in the game, maybe I don’t, and I still have a lot of game-time experience. And I think you always get better with playing rather than sitting.”Rivers is hoping that’s true, too, for Jerome Robinson, the 13th overall pick who was assigned Wednesday to play with Agua Caliente as he works his way back from a strained right foot.“Jerome is healthy for the first time and we were going to activate him and then we decided, ‘He hasn’t played in three weeks or whatever, let’s let him go back down and let him play some games and then think about bringing him up,’ ” Rivers said. “He’s had a really uneven year because of all the injuries, but hopefully he can stay healthy and we can get a look at him.”DEEP THINKINGOn Sunday, Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari went 5 for 5 from 3-point range – matching a career high without a miss in a game – to contribute to the Clippers’ NBA history-making 78.3 percent shooting night from 3-point range in their loss to Golden State.Excelling in an offense that takes advantage of his shooting prowess as a power forward, Gallinari has been stellar from outside all season. He’s making 3-pointers at a career-best 47.3 percent clip and is one of only two players in the NBA averaging 19 points per game and shooting more than 45 percent from behind the arc this year.The other? Steph Curry, Golden State’s two-time league MVP.“He looks very comfortable, unfortunately,” Kings coach Dave Joerger joked about Gallinari. “The thing with him is, we’re all cheering for him to stay healthy. He’s had a terrific season and I’m happy for him and I think most of the league is happy for him.MBAH A MOUTE ‘BACK SOON’Luc Mbah a Moute took to social media on Christmas Eve to post a photo of his training session with a promise: “I’ll be back soon.”After missing 29 games with what’s been categorized as a sore left knee, the Clippers are eager for his return – which Wednesday remained in the future.“We were hoping today was the day,” Rivers said. “And so we pushed that back.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory It’s the second time this season that Motley got the call from L.A. – and the second time for a game against the Kings.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The versatile 6-foot-10 forward from Baylor didn’t appear in that Nov. 29 game in Sacramento, but he’s made his presence felt in his second G League season, which is his first as a member of the Clippers organization, after spending last season with the Texas Legends as a member of the Dallas Mavericks pipeline.Twice named the G League Player of the Week this season, last week Motley was named to the second team at the NBA’s annual G League Winter Showcase, a four-day event in Las Vegas.In 16 games for Agua Caliente, Motley is averaging 35.7 minutes, 26.1 minutes and 11.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 56.1 percent from the floor.Before this season, Motley said he learned last season that it’s all a matter of timing. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates LOS ANGELES — The Clippers haven’t had to rely on their G League affiliate like they did last season, when their roster was ravaged by injuries. But they’re still making use of it.Including on Wednesday, before their game against the Sacramento Kings, when they invited two-way player Johnathan Motley up from the Agua Caliente Clippers and then sent rookie guard Jerome Robinson to Ontario.The team didn’t immediately activate the 23-year-old Motley, but they plan to, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“I like Mot,” Rivers said. “What we don’t know is if defensively he can play the 5 spot, but I do like him at that spot. I don’t like him as a 4 as much. Really like him at the five.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img