It's on the players now

Clippers players need to step up and take control

Updated: February 5, 2010, 10:29 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Mike Dunleavy was done. Fried. Burnt out. Bummin.'

Some of what he was saying was getting through to his players; some of it was bouncing off their eardrums like that annoying echo you sometimes get in your cell phone where all you hear is yourself talking.

After his Clippers lost to the New Jersey Nets -- a team he worried about and warned his players about in the strongest terms possible -- on Jan. 27, he was as down as he had been in a long time.

"That one really ...

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