The CW (Clipper Weekly), 12th Edition
Current Record: 25-26, 3rd Pacific, 8th West
Last Week: Just when you thought it was safe to support the Clippers again, they go and turn in a series of unwatchable performances to raise up all of the questions that were seemingly answered during the team’s hot streak over the previous three weeks. Not sure if the team just doesn’t sleep well in hotel rooms, but the Clips continued their year-long habit of sleepwalking on the road in dismal losses at New York, Cleveland, and Indiana. The one “bright spot” was a one-point come-from behind win against lowly Philly, who owns the third worst record in the league. Injuries and illness to Tim Thomas (knee) and Corey Maggette (flu) certainly didn’t help matters. With the losses piling up, Maggette once again vented on his lack of playing time, deflecting attention from the fact that Chris Kaman continues to play like a stiff.
Quick Take: The good news is that the road trip, on which the Clips are 2-4, is just about over, and the Clips will not have to leave home for the rest of the month. The upcoming all-star break may help relieve some of the locker room tension (James Singleton has also been barking about playing time) and allow the team to refocus on the final thirty games. It was only a week ago when LAist was talking up the Clips’ increased proficiency on offense. Apparently, with the Clippers committed to being nothing more than average, the law of averages kicked in and the Clips decided to go back to one-on-one play instead of moving the ball. The result? Sub 40 percent shooting and less than 84 points a game. Not going to win very often that way.