The Clippers have been bad without Chris Paul of late, with losses in five of the last seven games he missed before Monday's game against the Washington Wizards.
Turns out they're even worse when Blake Griffin's out too.
Playing without their top two players in the nation's capital, the Clippers lost to the NBA's worst team on Monday, 98-90. The teams shot and rebounded evenly, but the Wizards capitalized on the Clippers' 20 turnovers to secure a rare victory.
"Really, the turnovers did us in tonight," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Guys were trying to do too much and ended up turning it over, then they would get fast breaks, which end in easy baskets."
The critical sequence came with the Clippers down one point with five minutes left. On consecutive possessions, point guard Eric Bledsoe lost the ball out of bounds, Grant Hill threw one away and Jamal Crawford did the same.
On the other end, Washington hit two free throws, a 3-pointer and a jumper to take a decisive eight-point lead. The Clippers couldn't get within six from there.
Losers of three in a row, the Clippers are now 1-3 on their current eight-game road trip, with a Wednesday tilt against lowly Orlando looming as an opportunity to get right.
Some Clippers seemed less concerned with the actual turnovers and more concerned with how the team responded to them.
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