Ten takeaways from the LA Clippers’ first preseason game

PLAYA VISTA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: DeAndre Jordan /
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PLAYA VISTA, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Danilo Gallinari
PLAYA VISTA, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Danilo Gallinari /

Danilo Gallinari is a jack of all trades

Another one of the Clippers’ newest acquisitions, Danilo Gallinari, was brilliant in his first game donned an LA uniform. The small/power forward finished with 17 points on the night and showed his offensive versatility in the Clippers’ loss. Gallinari started the game at small forward and Blake Griffin immediately fed Gallo in the post against a smaller defender in CJ Miles.Italianalian forward used his height to his advantage and quickly forced his defender to pick up two early fouls, sending Miles to the bench and Gallo to the free throw line. Gallinari did a fantastic job of getting to the line in his debut, shooting twelve free throws and converting on ten of them.

The forward also converted on a well-placed alley-oop from Milos Teodosic that he easily dropped in and showed off his range early in the game, stepping out to knock down a contester three-point jumper. Gallo also made a beautiful cut on an inbounds play and took a Patrick Beverley pass all the way to the rim, throwing down a graceful two-handed dunk on the defender.

Doc Rivers also experimented with some lineups that had Gallinari playing power forward alongside Blake Griffin at center which produced some offensive success and gave a small preview of what the Clippers’ small ball lineup could look like when the season rolls around. Here are Gallinari’s full highlights from his first game in a Clippers uni: