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Clippers are at a size disadvantage without Danilo Gallinari in the lineup

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The report supports the referees’ instant-replay ruling, explaining that once the review was initiated, their options were to either increase the level of the foul already called on Marjanovic, or, if they believed a hostile act had occurred that was distinct from the contact called on the play, provide a penalty for that act.Because that contact already had already been called incorrectly, there was no other contact to rule on.Related Articles The Lakers won 123-120 to improve to 27-25, climbing within a game of the Clippers (28-24), who are clinging to eighth place in the Western Conference standings.After the game, Rivers said he was baffled by the call.“Lance is not dirty, Lance didn’t do it to be dirty, he was trying to score,” Rivers said. “But why put in those rules if you’re not gonna call them? I was blown away by that.”The league regularly releases an assessment of officiated events that happen in the last two minutes of games that were within three points at any time in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period, with reviews of all calls and notable non-calls. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “Before, I thought we had the bigger team every night, with Gal at the 4 and Tobias (Harris) at the 3,” Rivers said. “Now we move Tobias to the 4 and we’re pretty small every night.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.At 6-8, Harris is comfortable at power forward, but among the Clippers’ most-utilized guards who fill out the lineup, only rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stands taller than 6-5. Otherwise, the Clippers are asking 6-2 Avery Bradley; 6-1 Patrick Beverley and 6-1 Lou Williams to defend bigger players.“We’re throwing out a lot of matchups,” said Montrezl Harrell, who knows something about being undersized as a 6-8 center. “It’s definitely hurting us when guys are a little bigger at the 3, 4, 5 positions and we got smaller guards on ’em.”That’s not to say, Harrell insisted, that the Clippers aren’t up to the challenge.“We definitely miss (Gallinari), but we can’t really blame it on anything, we gotta keep moving forward,” Harrell said. “Every team deals with injuries, so hey, it’s just the way it is. We’ve been hit with a lot of different adversity, guys going out left and right, but every time we’ve responded well. So that’s all we gotta do here. We came off a good road trip last time, going 3-1, so hopefully, we can get back to what we did last time and keep moving forward.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — Life without Danilo Gallinari is requiring the Clippers to think small.Counting the Jan. 18 game against Golden State, when Gallinari was removed early because of the back spasms that have sidelined him for the seven games since, the Clippers are 4-4 without the 6-foot-10 forward.He is improving, Coach Doc Rivers said, and is expected to join the Clippers at an as-yet-undetermined date during their six-game, 11-day trip, which begins Saturday in Detroit.The Clippers obviously are missing Gallinari’s scoring (he was averaging 19 points per game), and his floor-stretching 3-point prowess (he was shooting a career-high 44.6 percent), and they’re also missing his height. OFFICIAL WHIFFThe league confirmed the Clippers’ complaints Friday when it acknowledged that the Lakers’ Lance Stephenson should have been called for an offensive foul when his left elbow struck Boban Marjanovic’s jaw late in Thursday’s game.Instead, with 45 seconds left in overtime and the Clippers trailing 120-118, Marjanovic was called for the defensive foul and Stephenson’s basket and free throw were allowed to stand, which increased the Lakers’ lead to 123-118.Per the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” released Friday, officials confirmed that the call on the court was incorrect: “Stephenson extends his left arm and makes contact with Marjanovic’s head during his drive shot attempt and an offensive foul is warranted.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more