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Clippers are aware their ‘new guys’ are going through an adjustment process

LOS ANGELES — Wilson Chandler was glad to be back on the court this week, and the Clippers happy to have him.
“It felt good to be out there, it’s an easy team to play for,” said the 31-year-old forward, who hadn’t played since Jan. 31, when he suffered a right quad strain that made him inactive for more than a month – through 13 games and a cross-country trade.
Chandler came to the Clippers on Feb. 6 along with former Philadelphia 76ers teammates Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala and an unprotected first-round draft pick in exchange for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott.
Although the injury limited his acclimation efforts to watching lots of film, Chandler said he’s having no problems assimilating to the Clippers’ culture: “Guys like playing with each other, sharing the ball, and Doc’s a great coach, so it’s easy from that standpoint.”
Easy, perhaps. Automatic? Not exactly.
That’s been true, too, for recent additions JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple, who arrived via trade from Memphis that same week.
“It’s funny, we forget that (Green’s) new to the team,” Rivers said Tuesday night. “It’s like the new guys – and Garrett, this was his first night that I thought he was aggressive – it’s like they’re trying to fit in sometimes instead of play.”
He’s right about that, Green said.
“I’m still trying to find my role, find my place on the team,” said Green, who started in place of Danilo Gallinari on Tuesday and finished with nine points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes, which was tied for the team high. “It’s starting to get a little easier for me, but I’m still trying to find my way.”
And for Chandler, it’s a matter of adjusting to playing with a new team – and to playing, period.
“You can tell two things,” Rivers said. “He knows how to play; he makes plays. And then also you can tell that he hadn’t played in a while. And so it’s gonna take him a while, and we’re going to try to give him as many minutes as we can, to just get him ready.”

A glimpse at @wilsonchandler here at #Clippers shootaround. I don't think he's missed (while I was watching, anwyay).
— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) March 11, 2019

In his Clippers’ debut Monday, the 6-foot-9 Chandler played nine minutes and finished with two points, two rebounds and an assist in the rousing 140-115 victory over the Boston Celtics.
He was back on the court Tuesday, feeling just fine, he said. In the 125-104 loss to Portland, he clocked 19 minutes, and contributed six points, five rebounds and a steal.
“I think get a couple more games under my belt and those shots are gonna come easy, and I’ll be confident to take them,” Chandler said. “Definitely, the game is so much faster when you’re actually on the court, (but) like I said, the offense is pretty easy, the guys are sharing the ball.”
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Rivers said Tuesday he’s unsure whether Luc Mbah a Moute will be able to return this season. The defensively gifted 6-8 forward has missed all but the first four games of the season with a “sore left knee.”
“I don’t know,” Rivers said. “He practiced about 20 minutes (on March 6) and then he couldn’t go through with it, so that’s obviously not a good sign. I don’t know if we’re going to have him for this season or not.”
Mbah a Moute signed a one-year, $4.32 million contract with the Clippers in July after playing for the Houston Rockets last season.

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