Los Angeles Clippers giving Spencer Hawes positive early reviews

first_img“Defensively, he’s a little behind,” Rivers said. “But he can do some of that stuff that I didn’t know he could, or couldn’t.”The 26-year-old Hawes, who is known as a hard-nosed player, believes he is fitting in.“I think pretty well,” he said. “I think personality-wise, it’s an easy group to kind of get assimilated with and I’m trying to get to know everybody on and off the court. I think they’re doing the same.“For such a tight-knit group, it’s not always the case where it’s easy for someone to come in and do that. And I think that’s kind of unique here.”Warriors wrap-upWith 24 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals, Griffin appeared to be in midseason form in just 26 minutes Tuesday. But he said the team failed on defense and wasn’t terrific offensively.“I thought most of it was defensively,” he said. “I thought we just did a poor job.”The Warriors shot 48.6 percent from the field, 31.6 (6 of 19) from 3-point range.“Offensively, we probably could have pushed the ball a little bit better,” Griffin said. “Sometimes, at certain moments, we were good at moving the ball and then when we’d get going offensively and sometimes the ball stuck. Dribbled too much; we did all that. But that’s on everybody.”Up nextThe Clippers will play their next two exhibition games on the road. They’ll be at Portland at 6 p.m. Sunday and at Utah at 6 p.m. Monday. Both games will be televised by Prime Ticket. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Small forward Matt Barnes said during the recent Clippers media day that Spencer Hawes is probably one of the biggest free-agent acquisitions of the summer that few are talking about.Coach Doc Rivers talked about Hawes on Friday morning at the team’s practice facility, when he was asked about his initial impressions of the 7-foot-1 University of Washington product.“Very good, yeah,” Rivers said of Hawes, who signed a four-year, $23 million free-agent contract. “He does a couple of things better than I knew, like posts; he’s a heck of a post player. I never knew that. He was standing behind the 3 so much, I didn’t know he could do that. So that’s been a good find by us.“I’ve always said the players know before the coaches. And I think D.J. (DeAndre Jordan) and Chris (Paul) one day, they were like, ‘Coach, you know we can post Spencer up more.’ I said, ‘Yeah, thanks, guys, I see that now.’”center_img A starter for the most part in seven seasons, Hawes has career scoring and rebounding averages of 9.7 and 6.4. In 2013-14, playing for Philadelphia and Cleveland, he averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. Hawes, a career 36.1-percent shooter from 3-point range, also shot a career-best 44.8 percent (47 of 105) from beyond the arc.Hawes also has a career free-throw-shooting percentage of 70.3 percent and shot 77.7 and 78.3 percent the past two seasons. This, too, is a coup for the Clippers since Hawes will mostly be backing up Jordan and power forward Blake Griffin.With Jordan a 42.5-percent career free-throw shooter, Hawes’ proficiency from the line affords Rivers the ability to put Hawes into a tight game down the stretch.Hawes scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in Tuesday’s 112-94 loss to Golden State in an exhibition opener. Hawes made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line.Rivers also raved about his passing, but noted Hawes has work to do on the other end of the court.last_img read more