Del Negro: “We missed a lot of easy shots”

By Quixem Ramirez

Nov 1, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro gestures in the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro believes the Clippers missed a lot of easy shots. If that’s the case, then their 44.6 percent shooting is due for a slight rise in Game 2.

Del Negro also went on to talk about the mistakes that the Clippers made in his postgame presser.

“(We) weren’t able to slow them down,” Del Negro said. “I thought the tempo was in their favor. We missed a lot of easy shots which got them out in the open court. We have to do a better job in terms of controlling the glass, controlling the turnovers and making plays when we have opportunities.”

The Spurs outrebounded the Clippers but, actually, they were outscored in transition and the Clippers took care of the ball better. The real problem for the Clippers is defeating the Spurs’ ball movement that can tear apart any defense that doesn’t make solid rotations. That, and utilizing more Eric Bledsoe in conjuction with Chris Paul, are areas that could be improved.