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Doc Rivers not alarmed by loss to Grizzlies, but concerned by Clippers’ lack of identity

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There appears to be some concern brewing in L.A. after the Memphis Grizzlies blasted the Los Angeles Clippers at home, 140-114, on Saturday night.

Head coach Doc Rivers downplayed the loss and didn’t look too much into the disheartening defeat, per Farbod Esnaashari of Forbes.

Rivers, however, is concerned about their lack of an identity as a unit.

Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell also expressed his frustration over their performance on Saturday night, saying that they are “not a great team.”

Memphis raced out of the gates to take a 13-point lead after the first quarter. L.A. closed the gap a bit heading into half-time, but the Grizzlies eventually pulled away in the third quarter and outscored the Clippers, 39-23.

The Clippers didn’t really have much trouble scoring the ball, but they couldn’t find the energy and effort to stop the Grizzlies, which had major contributions from their starting five on the other end.

Harrell led L.A.’s effort with 28 points and nine rebounds off the bench, while Lou Williams had 24 points and seven assists. Moreover, Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points, but shot just 8-of-24 from the field.

The Clippers were also without Paul George and Patrick Beverley during the game. Still, Doc Rivers didn’t use that as an excuse for them to lose big at home against a young, developing Memphis squad.

Rivers and the Clippers were tagged as one of the heavy favorites to win it all this season after their massive offseason acquisitions in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. However, despite having some signature wins this season — especially against their city rivals the Los Angeles Lakers — it has not been smooth sailing for them.

The Clippers are currently 25-12 on the season and currently sit at fourth in the Western Conference standings.