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Coach Tyronn Lue to Clippers reserves: Stay with me

Clippers guard John Wall elevates for a layup against Warriors center Kevon Looney during the first half Wednesday. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Both Clippers have spent a decade-plus in the NBA, and in earlier stops both have played bigger roles.

Yet forward Robert Covington and point guard John Wall on Wednesday night said they understand the Clippers’ bigger picture for their usage, even as it has limited their minutes on the court.

Wall, the backup point guard who signed to fanfare as a free agent in July after securing a buyout in Houston, has been at his best while using his speed to transform the Clippers, one of last season’s worst transition teams, into a deadly fast-break attack. Clippers transitions that begin off of a rebound when Wall is on the floor score 28 points more per 100 possessions than when he sits, per Cleaning The Glass, a rate that more than doubles the impact of his next-closest teammate.

Yet Wall, after turbo-charging the Clippers in the first half Monday against Utah, also committed eight turnovers and didn’t play in the fourth quarter. In a 124-107 loss at Golden State on Wednesday, Wall again hardly factored late, going to the bench alongside starting guard Reggie Jackson with 10:41 remaining and the Clippers down 21. Once under a limit of 24 minutes per game, Wall said that has been bumped up to 28, but he played 21 against the Warriors.

Asked what the last two games had been like, and how he’d accepted his fourth-quarter minutes, Wall said, “it ain’t been good,” then said there had been a plan to insert him midway through Monday’s final quarter, but that coach Tyronn Lue had stuck with his guard lineup with the team playing well.

“Those guys got a rhythm and we ended up winning the game, so fine with that,” he said. “Then tonight he was like, just put all of us [on the bench], I mean I guess the game was out of hand.”

Wall added that his usage is “part of a plan they got for us and like I said, whatever those guys come up with, I’m with — I’m full bore with it.”

Lue has acknowledged that this season has been an adjustment for Wall, the former No. 1…

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