Clippers pleased Landry Shamet is letting the ball fly

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Shamet knocked down 2 of his 5 3-point attempts Saturday, making it eight of nine games that he’s hit multiple treys.“He’s found his place and his rhythm,” said Rivers of Shamet, who’s averaging 14.8 points per game and shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from 3-point range in this current nine-game span, which has coincided with Kawhi Leonard’s streak of 30-point-plus outings.“He’s a young guy, he’s still learning,” said Montrezl Harrell of Shamet, who is 22. “He doesn’t really do a lot of talking, so you’d think Sham is a lot older than what he is, but he’s not.“He’s only in his second year and he has a lot of learning to do. And he’s doing that. He’s learning each game. He’s learning each day on how to come in and be a pro.”Maybe most importantly, his teammates, who recognize what a useful weapon he can be, are learning how to use him. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img “Just outside looking in, Doc just sees a huge weapon that any time we can get him involved, it’ll free up guys like Kawhi to be dominant on the floor and help space the floor,” George said. “Any time we can make him a focal (point) on offense, it’s only good for everybody else.”KOBE TRIBUTELike others who tuned in to watch the Lakers’ emotional tribute Friday to Kobe Bryant and the other eight victims of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash, the Clippers were impressed, and moved.“I thought the Lakers, what they did yesterday, that was phenomenal,” Rivers volunteered before Saturday’s game. “I thought that was really well done.”“It was good,” said Zubac, who played the first two and a half seasons of his NBA career with the Lakers prior to the trade that brought him to the Clippers last season. “I’m glad they postponed our game against them (Tuesday). That would have been two days earlier than that, that would’ve been really tough. And I bet it was really tough to play for them last night after that tribute.”Zubac said he grew up admiring Bryant — all the way in Croatia.“Growing up as a Laker fan, other than my cousin (Zoran Planinic) who played in the NBA, (Bryant’s) was the second NBA name I heard,” Zubac said. “And I followed him ever since I was a kid; he was my favorite player. I always wanted to get his shoes, I had his jersey. (He) was my idol growing up, other than Drazen Petrovic, who came from Croatia.“There was no place in Croatia where you could buy NBA jerseys, but everywhere you would go you would see Kobe jerseys. That shows you how big Kobe was … Kobe meant a lot to a lot of people where I’m from, so I can’t even imagine people who were in L.A. who can relate to him more.” LOS ANGELES — They’ve been trying to tell him.“You’re a shooter, you gotta shoot it,” according to Ivica Zubac, that was the message from the Clippers to Landry Shamet. “You’re a really good shooter, so don’t hesitate. Don’t think about it. Just let it fly.”They haven’t had to remind him recently.The Clippers’ savvy second-year shooting guard has been firing freely lately, recording his ninth consecutive game in double figures Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he contributed 10 points off the bench to the 118-106 victory. “I think our guys understand his value more, too,” Rivers said. “I think they use him more. I thought Pat (Beverley) was terrific today; there were three or four times he almost sensed Landry hadn’t had a shot and he ran a couple actions for him and that’s good. Kawhi did it once, on his own.“That’s when you know guys understand the value of him.”Paul George has only played in the past two games of Shamet’s recent hot streak, but he said he’s been happy to see the former Wichita State standout delivering.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img

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