What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “One through four we were all small so … whoever had the ball was pushing it,” he said. “We were just playing. It was like positionless basketball at that point with me, Shai, Pat, Lou and Trezz. It was just guys running around, playing, spacing the floor. It’s fun to play small and play fast.”It might be fun too, to try on a totally different look, Rivers said.“We’ve gone small a couple times, we’ve never gone gigantic, which I think we can do that, too, you know?” he said. “We literally would be big. If we ever go zone, you’ll see it.”MISSED CALL CONFIRMEDRivers described it as a “brutal non-call” and, after further review, the NBA agreed.With 22.7 seconds left in Saturday’s 109-104 loss to the Detroit Pistons, Lou Williams lost the ball after dribbling around a Danilo Gallinari screen near the top of the key.What happened before Williams lost possession gave him reason to complain vigorously to officials Zach Zarba, Curtis Blair and Aaron Smith – and he was right: Bruce Brown, who wound up with the ball, grabbed Williams’ left arm, “affecting his control of the ball,” per the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report,” which was released Sunday.The league regularly releases an assessment of officiated events occurring in the last two minutes of games that were within three points at any time in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period, with reviews of all calls and notable non-calls – such as the one in question.“I thought that was a brutal non-call at the end of the game,” Rivers said Saturday. “Lou’s the only one with the ball, I don’t know how everyone can miss that. Those are game-changing plays and those can’t be missed.”Had the foul been called, Williams – a 90.7 percent free-throw shooter – would have gone to the line with an opportunity to reduce a three-point lead to one.Instead, Brown got the ball, was fouled, made both free throws and extended Detroit’s lead to five points.LAWLER HONOREDThe National Sports Media Association on Monday announced that longtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler was voted by his peers as the 2018 California Sportscaster of the Year. He’ll be honored in June at the NSMA Awards weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C.Lawler, 80, plans to retire after this, his 40th and final season with the Clippers.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Coach Doc Rivers is a big fan of the mix and match-up game, eager to experiment with on-court combinations when the opportunity arises.Take, for example, the lineup the Clippers debuted in the second quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons: Lou Williams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Patrick Beverley, Tyrone Wallace and Montrezl Harrell.That four-guard group – of whom Harrell, the 6-foot-8 center, is the tallest – inherited a 37-24 deficit. In five minutes of work, they whittled it to a 45-40 disadvantage.It was just a sliver of a sample size, but, hey, that lineup had a net rating of 72.7. Six of the group’s seven baskets were assisted on, including two by Harrell, who finished the game with a career-high-tying six assists. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “It’s so much versatility, I wish we had more practice time,” Rivers said. “There’s still lineups that we haven’t discovered. I believe that every year to be honest, but with this group, even more so.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Rivers said he especially loves when opponents open the door by putting a small lineup on the floor themselves.“It really helps us, especially if they go small against our second unit,” Rivers said. “Because that allows us to put some pretty physical guards on the floor. (But) no one does it, to be honest, not very often. And the way that group played, we may not see it ever again.”The Clippers have shown glimpses of going small before, with Thornwell joining that aforementioned group in place of Gilgeous-Alexander. That particular unit has played just six minutes together, but during that time, they have a net rating of 29.7.For his part, Wallace enjoyed Saturday’s four-guard run.