So this is what it looks like when the Clippers are at full strength.

Sort of.

Three months into the season, they finally played a game with their complete roster Friday.

But full strength doesn't necessarily mean full efficiency, and as the Clippers showed Friday in a 111-89 loss to the Heat, they have a ways to go before they can successfully marry the two concepts.

Chris Paul looked every bit like someone who sat out eight straight games and 12 overall with a bruised kneecap. And while he was well enough to play, it might be a while before he's functioning again like the MVP candidate he was before getting hurt.

Paul played just 20 minutes Friday, partly due to the nature of the game but also because the Clippers will keep a close eye on him as he eases himself back into the flow. He scored just three points and had only two assists, the only real bright spot being the fact he got through the evening in one piece.

"The game was what it was," Paul said. "You never want to lose, but I'm actually excited just to be out there and have all our guys back. It's just going to take some time, but we'll be OK."

Blake Griffin, whose foundation is athleticism and explosion, definitely wasn't at full strength with 13 points in 24 minutes.

Chauncey Billups, as expected, played like someone who has missed all but three games this year. Jamal Crawford's crossover and jump shot aren't nearly as sharp when
his right shoulder still feels the effect of the injury it sustained seven days ago.

And collectively, the Clippers looked exactly like a team that was incorporating four players back into the fold.

Effective at times, disjointed at others.

A cohesive group on one trip down the court, one still learning to play together the next.

Rotating and communicating defensively on some possessions, then leaving LeBron James open for two 3-pointers on successive plays as the Heat blew it open.

"I don't think there was a sense of urgency on our closeout," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "From a trust factor, it just wasn't here."

No surprise, there. Considering the circumstances, it's to be expected.

The Clippers weren't just going to throw their squad together after all this time, simply flick a switch and expect everything to run perfectly smooth.