Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Grffin

Rapid Reaction: Pacers 106, Clippers 92

January, 18, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- Most teams complain about their schedule at some point in the season. It’s natural to hit a couple of rough patches during the course of an 82-game season.

But the Los Angeles Clippers certainly a have a reason to wonder if they did anything wrong to the schedule makers as they endure their second two-week road trip of the season.

The Clippers lost the second game of their road trip to the Indiana Pacers, 106-92, and dropped another road game against one of the top five teams in the league. So far this season the Clippers have dropped road games to the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and now Indiana. The one constant in each of those loses: the second night of a road back-to-back.

“It’s hard,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Every day is a gauge as far as I’m concerned. It’s more how mentally tough we are.”

How it happened: The Clippers took a seven-point lead in the first quarter but were never able to get back into the game after the Pacers went up by 10 at the end of the quarter, then by 18 in the second quarter. Indiana eventually went up by as many as 22, and the Clippers were only able to cut it back down to 10 late.

What it means: The Clippers lost another road game to a top-five team on the second night of a road back-to-back. It’s not so much of an excuse as it is a reality for a team that would like to play the league’s best team with a day to prepare. Either way, this wasn’t a game the Clippers were expected to win -- with or without Chris Paul.

Hits: Blake Griffin had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists and was able to get David West ejected after wrestling with him for a ball, resulting in West elbowing Griffin in the head. Jamal Crawford was solid off the bench, scoring 22 points.

Misses: Outside of Griffin and Crawford, there were a lot of misses on the night for the Clippers. Jared Dudley once again struggled, scoring just six points, and was replaced in stretches by Matt Barnes. J.J. Redick had his worst game since returning to the lineup, scoring six points on 4-of-17 shooting and missing all seven of his 3-point attempts.

Stat of the game: The Clippers shot under 40 percent from the field and just 25 percent from beyond the arc.

Up next: The Clippers’ road trip continues in Michigan on Monday when they play the Detroit Pistons. It will be the first meeting of the season between the teams and the first time the Clippers will play the Pistons since Chauncey Billups returned to Detroit.

What to watch: Clippers-Lakers

April, 4, 2012
Clippers (32-21) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (34-20) at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. PT

Five storylines to track:

1. They’re streaking: Maybe Vinny Del Negro should be on the hot seat more often. After Del Negro's job security was reportedly in doubt after the Clippers lost three games in three days, the Clippers have won six straight for the first time in 20 years. The Clippers’ 94-75 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday gave the Clippers their first six-game winning streak since March 18-31, 1992. It is the longest time in NBA history between winning streaks of more than five times. The previous longest drought was over 12 years, by the Denver Nuggets, between January 1991 and December 2003. The longest winning streak in franchise history is 11 games from Nov. 3-23, 1974 when the Clippers were the Buffalo Braves. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 1984, the Clippers have had just three winning streaks of six games or longer. The Clippers' longest winning streak in Los Angeles was eight games from Nov. 30-Dec.15, 1991.

2. Foye on fire: Clippers guard Randy Foye tied a franchise-record for most 3-pointers made in a game against the Mavericks on Monday when he hit eight three-pointers, going 8-of-15 from beyond the arc. Foye finished with a season-high 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field. In the last three games, Foye has been averaging 21.6 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 57 percent (27-of-47) from the field, 48.4 percent (16-of-33) from three-point range and is also 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Foye has improved his play in the absence of Mo Williams, who also had a big game from beyond the arc this season when he hit seven three-pointers in the Clippers’ win over San Antonio last month.

3. Big games: The Clippers have been one of the best teams this season against good teams. The Clippers are 19-12 this season against teams at or above .500. Their .613 win percentage against such teams is the fifth-highest in the NBA this season. The Clippers have also won four of the last five meetings with the Lakers as the home team. That is the Clippers’ best five-game stretch at home in the all-time series since both teams moved into the Staples Center entering the 1999-2000 season. The Clippers and Lakers have split their two games this season, with the home team winning each game. The Clippers won both times the teams played this preseason.

4. Lob City: Despite getting grief for the nickname, the Clippers have lived up to the “Lob City” tag this season. They’ve recorded 82 alley-oop dunks this season, most in the NBA, followed by the Lakers with 70 and the Knicks with 59. The Clippers also have recorded the most dunks this season with 318. The Clippers have two of the top three dunkers in the NBA as Blake Griffin leads the league with 155 dunks and DeAndre Jordan is third with 116. Lakers center Andrew Bynum is fourth with 115 dunks this season while Pau Gasol is 13th with 65 dunks.

5. Playoff push: Wednesday’s game between the Clippers and Lakers will go a long way in deciding which team will win the Pacific Division this season. A Lakers win would give them a 2.5-game lead on the Clippers plus the head-to-head tiebreaker, while a Clippers win would move the Clippers within a half game of the Lakers and give the Clippers the head-to-head tiebreaker. The winner of the Pacific Division will likely get the third seed in the West behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs and avoid playing the Thunder until the Conference Finals. As it stands now the Lakers would play the Mavericks and the Clippers would play the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs if the season ended today.



Blake Griffin
22.7 5.0 1.0 35.5
ReboundsD. Jordan 13.3
AssistsC. Paul 9.7
StealsC. Paul 1.9
BlocksD. Jordan 2.4