Today, they play the small forward by committee, with Luc Mbah a Moute starting and Paul Pierce, Wesley Johnson, and Jamal Crawford sharing responsibility at the three.
Adding Ingles, a willing passer, deft decision-maker and dead-eye shooter, could have been the answer to the most pressing roster question of Rivers’ tenure. He had that answer, but chose to waive him and keep Cunningham.
“He’s just one of those guys. He’s a sunshine guy,” Rivers said of Ingles.
That sunshine may have helped lift the dark cloud wafting above a Clippers’ franchise yet to get past the second round of the playoffs in its soon-to-be 40-year history.
Luckily, Ingles has found a new home in Utah and the skies are clear. The Jazz have a promising young group mixed with proven veterans and two stars in Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert. And thanks to Clippers’ blunder years ago, it looks like the Australian forward will carve out a lengthy career with the Jazz.
That has to sting for Rivers.
Without Rajon Rondo’s injury, you have to wonder if the Celtics would have recovered as convincingly as they did. Their last two wins, though by a combined 20 points, were closer than the score might indicate, and Rondo was enormous for Chicago when Boston dropped the first two matchups of this series. Again, those moments Nike Cheap Jerseys are still cause for concern — you can’t lose twice at home to a team that was as dysfunctional as the Bulls for most the year and shrug it off. They can’t prove anything in this series, and winning Game 6 won’t erase the way this series began. That can only come later on.