Clippers news: Doc Rivers says LA has no chance of winning series vs. Warriors if Danilo Gallinari doesn't play better
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Doc Rivers says Clippers have no chance of winning series vs. Warriors if Danilo Gallinari doesn’t play better

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers says they have no chance of winning their first round series against the Golden State Warriors if small forward Danilo Gallinari doesn’t play better.

Gallinari shot a woeful 2-of-13 from the field and 0-of-8 from beyond the arc in the Clippers’ Game 3 loss at home. He scored just nine points in 26 minutes of action.

The Warriors have reclaimed home-court advantage and lead the series 2-1.

Through three games, Danilo Gallinari is averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 31.8 percent overall and 30.0 percent from the 3-point line. If the Clippers want to pull off the upset, they will need Gallinari to perform how he did during the regular season.

Gallinari put up 19.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Clippers in the regular season. The 30-year-old shot an efficient 46.3 percent from the floor and 43.3 percent from beyond the arc. For whatever reason, Gallinari just hasn’t been able to find his jump shot against the Warriors.

Game 4 of this series is on Sunday. It’s pretty much a must-win game for the Clippers. The Warriors, as expected, rebounded well in Game 3 after that epic collapse in Game 2. We’ll see if Gallinari is able to round into form in Game 4.