Now that the Clippers are back at full strength, maybe they can go out and find a defense that can stop somebody.
Now that the team is whole with its full 13-man roster available for the first time all season, perhaps it's time to stop talking about playing defense and start actually doing it.
The Clippers got run out of AmericanAirlines Arena by the Miami Heat, 111-89, Friday night and lost some composure in the process of getting their defense ripped apart.
It was a good sign for the Clippers to get starters Chris Paul (bruised right kneecap), Chauncey Billups (tendinitis in his left foot) and Blake Griffin (strained left hamstring) back in the lineup. They also welcomed back super-sub Jamal Crawford, who's had a sore right shoulder and broken nose.
But the Clippers' defense was nowhere to be found, allowing the Heat to make 52.9% of its shots, 55.6% of its three-point attempts.
Griffin, who missed two games, wasn't buying into the notion that the Clippers still are working out the kinks.
"Naw, I wish I could," said Griffin, who had 13 points in 24 minutes. "They beat us pretty badly. We need a better effort and I think you just can't kind of write this off to, 'We got everybody back and we're a little rusty.' We've got to be better."
Right now, the Clippers aren't very good. They have lost four of five and are 2-4 on their eight-game trip, with stops in New York and Philadelphia left. They have lost eight of their last 11 games.
In the midst of the Heat's building a 32-point lead in the third quarter, the largest deficit of the season for the Clippers, Paul and Griffin were assessed technical fouls.
The Heat shoots, and it's lights out for Clippers in 111-89 loss
Los Angeles Times | Feb 9