LOS ANGELES-The Clippers 13-game home winning streak was demolished Saturday after losing 104-101 to the Orlando Magic at Staples Center. But Clipper Nation there’s no reason to panic; you can’t win them all.
It’s the game of basketball. You win some and you lose some. Although the Clippers came out a little bit being too complacent that resulted in an unexpected defeat, the team still has the best record in the league.
One thing about the Clipper players that is very noticeable is that they take every loss as a stab to the heart. Blake Griffin spoke to the media after the game and he spoke with a fire and brimstone attitude.
“It doesn’t sit well at all. It was a bad loss,” said Griffin. “We have to get back to what made us successful and what got us here. That was our defensive intensity and everybody contributing and everybody having a fire out there.”
The Clippers have a very good team and any team that faces them are very aware of that; so you can never get too comfortable no matter what a team record is. The Clippers were to laid back against a team that holds a (13-23) record. The quiet teams are always the teams that will give you a run for your money.
“The key is to not let it start a steak,” forward Lamar Odom said afterward. “That’s what championship teams do – one and done.”
In order to be great you have to be consistent. The Clippers are still a work in progress in that regard. You’ve have to come out and play every game with energy and intensity. We know the Clippers have every piece to the puzzle to win a championship. But that’s easier said than done. It’s just a matter of playing like you want it every night. Clippers Head Coach Danny Vel Negro has a lot of confidence in his team but tonight he was beyond disappointed.
“An embarrassing performance for us,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “We got what we deserved.”
There are a couple of flaws the Clippers will have to work on before the playoffs start to be successful in the postseason. It starts with closing teams out. They seem to struggle in that department. If they can get that sealed and stamped, they’ll be a very feisty team to reckon with.
They have the right attitude. One thing they never do is make excuses for bad loses or try to sugar coat anything. If they lose in an unfashionable way, they’ll take the blame for it and this is what makes them not only teammates, but brothers.
The real test will come for the Clippers this week when they hit the road. There are still a lot of games to be played, so you never want to give teams a chance to make up ground. Chris Paul knows hitting the road won’t be a walk in the park especially making put stops in cites teams like Memphis and Houston. Both teams are playing up to par.
“It won’t be tough on the road, “said Paul. We have to go to Houston where James Harden is playing great. Memphis will be tough also, they have two of the best bigs in the league, and Tony Allen is playing very good for them.”