Clippers continue to struggle on the road with loss to Atlanta posted by Clippers Fan
The Clippers lost their fifth straight road game Tuesday, falling 107-104 to the Atlanta Hawks.
“I was hoping I was going to get to tell you something different tonight…We should’ve won this game.” Chris Paul told reporters.
The should-haves are piling up for the Clippers with only 29 games into the season, each night, a different culprit seemingly getting in the way of a breakthrough.
In Denver on Friday, the Clippers should’ve won, it was a total lack of defensive consistency. Tuesday, it was a combination of too much fouling and the inevitable fatigue from a treacherous stretch of games.
“It’s always something,” Blake Griffin said. “It’s something small, something that we have to change, something that we have to do better that ends up kind of messing us up.”
When Atlanta shot its first free throws in the 3rd quarter, the Clippers led, 71-62. Over the next 4:50, the Hawks went to the line a whopping 16 times, during a 16-8 run that zapped the Clippers of all their energy.
With the needle hovering around E, the Clipper bench put together another bad stretch – a 9-0 run by the Hawks to start the fourth – and the starters never fully recovered.
Down the stretch there were chances, the Matt Barnes jump ball he couldn’t win, the J.J. Redick free throw that rimmed out, the game-tying Blake Griffin 3-point try that hit the backboard and rim.
Despite all their close calls Coach Doc Rivers said he’s actually encouraged. He believes his team is close to breaking through.Continue reading "Clippers continue to struggle on ..."