NBA bubble fits Clippers' Patrick Beverley to a 'T'

Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times on

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"We really haven't done much different than a normal practice during the season where you would do more skeleton work and less play," Rivers said. "We're all ramping up our play. I mean, listen, everyone keeps talking about injury. There's nothing you can do about that. You practice, then we're going to have scrimmages just like every other team. You hope you get through it. That's the only way you can prepare for the season, is by playing."

Once practices have ended, the team has tried to get accustomed to their surroundings in the so-called bubble. Forward Paul George and center Montrezl Harrell went fishing Sunday, a day off for players. Rivers brought a bicycle (though it has yet to leave his room) and noted that movies, bowling, fishing and other entertainment are provided. Still, this doesn't feel like a road trip and no one has tried to claim otherwise.

"I don't know how many conversations I've had with veteran players where I'm walking to our meal room where you see another veteran player from another team," Rivers said. "We look at each other and say, 'Who would have thought?' "

Beverley, too, brought comforts from home to make the stay easier. But basketball alone might be enough.

"You just get to hone in and focus on basketball, kind of gets you some quality time to yourself away from friends and family," Beverley said. "For some people it's a good thing, for some people it's a bad thing. For me, I'm going to take advantage of this idle time and use it to my advantage."


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