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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-16

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-16
Two seasons ago, Pat Riley took a leave from his post as the Miami Heat head coach to personally scout some college games in preparation for the upcoming NBA draft. He felt comfortable doing so because the Heat had long been eliminated from playoff contention.

A similar situation exists now for the Clippers but Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said he no plans to go on a scouting expedition. Dunleavy said with the increased television coverage of college games, he is able to view all the games he needs to see.

Also, at this time of the year, assistant general manager Neil Olshey and director of scouting Gary Sacks have every major college basketball tournament covered and have plans in place for the various regional final sites.

But if Dunleavy were to change his mind it, would not be unprecedented. Once, when he held the twin roles of coach and general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, Dunleavy stole away during late December to take in a college holiday basketball tournament.

As Dunleavy recalled, eight of the top prospects in the upcoming draft after that season all were playing in the tournament. He remembers only missing one or two of the Bucks' games. Current Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen, who was on Dunleavy's Bucks' coaching staff, took over the reins while Dunleavy was gone.

Dunleavy says neither the draft nor his post-season exit interviews presently are foremost on his mind. His focus is on how the Clippers finish up the final 16 games of the season.

One experiment that Dunleavy said he is looking forward to trying is playing post players Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman and Zach Randolph all together. It figures to be an intriguing sight because each of those players all have played center this season and in previous seasons.

When asked which player would be considered the small forward, Dunleavy, without hesitation, named the 6-foot-11 Camby, even though Randolph has the best shooting range among the trio. Randolph, however, could not begin to guard most small forwards that he would oppose.

CLIPPERS 107, NETS 105: It was a mob scene at mid-court and one might have thought that the Clippers miraculously had clinched a playoff berth. Instead, it merely was their most thrilling victory of the season. Steve Novak beat the final buzzer with the last of his career-high seven three-pointers of the night.

The final play began with 5.9 seconds remaining and only was possible because New Jersey's Jarvis Hayes had just missed two free throws. The ball was inbounded to Eric Gordon, who drove the lane, and when converged upon, pitched the ball to Baron Davis, who in turn rifled it to Novak in the corner. The ball was in the air when the buzzer sounded and it swished cleanly through the basket.

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Added: March 16, 2009


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