“It’s frustrating because we’re giving back a lot of what we had built up in the season. But you can’t control the injuries, you can’t control the schedule, you can’t control so many guys being out. We can’t use that as an excuse.” –Vinny Del Negro
Well said. The Los Angeles Clippers had a dismal performance against the Washington Wizards, losing 98-90 in the capital. You know it’s going to be bad when the Clippers’ shooting percentage is almost as low as Congress’s approval rating.
While it was expected that the Clippers would have to play without Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups, the loss of Blake Griffin right before the start of the game was a surprise. Griffin aggravated his left hamstring yesterday against the Boston Celtics, and it flared up right before tipoff.
So yes, the Clippers definitely had a lot going against them tonight with the loss of their two all-stars. But what really did the Clippers in were the same problems that have constantly plagued them. The Clippers committed too many turnovers– 20 turnovers that resulted in 24 points for the Wizards. The Clippers also left a lot to be desired on defense, allowing the Wizards to shoot 58.3% from the 3-point line. In response, the Clippers shot a miserable 23.5% from the 3-point line, making only four 3-pointers the entire game.
For the Clippers, Jamal Crawford led the team with 28 points. Eric Bledsoe followed with 17 points and 9 assists, and Caron Butler put up 15 points and 6 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had a huge night on the boards, pulling down 22 rebounds.
For the Wizards, Martell Webster led the team with 21 points, and both Nenê and Garrett Temple followed with 15 points.
The Clippers take on the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at the Amway Center. There is talk that Chauncey Billups may make his comeback in the city in which he injured his Achilles tendon one year ago. No word yet as to when Griffin is expected to return.