LOS ANGELES — The Clippers don’t care what number of of their teammates are injured. They don’t care about commerce rumors. They don’t care about chatter about their coach’s future. They don’t care about getting respect. They don’t care what anybody thinks of them.
What issues is that they do care about one another they usually do care about enjoying the sport they love with power and energy. They’ve purchased what Coach Doc Rivers is promoting and the outcomes have been on show once more Saturday, once they routed the Sacramento Kings 126-a hundred and five at Staples Middle.
“I all the time attempt to discover the great in any state of affairs,” Clippers energy ahead Blake Griffin stated.
There was quite a bit to love concerning the Clippers throughout their fourth consecutive victory, which vaulted them again to .500 at 21-21 and moved them inside a half-recreation of the idle New Orleans Pelicans within the battle for the eighth and last playoff spot within the Western Convention.
Who would have believed it was attainable after Griffin was sidelined by a sprained left knee after which a concussion? Or when guards Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic have been sidelined by accidents? Or when small ahead Danilo Gallinari and middle DeAndre Jordan have been harm?
The Clippers regrouped repeatedly and once more. They did it another time Saturday, whereas enjoying with out Beverley (season-ending knee surgical procedure), Rivers (ankle damage), Gallinari (gluteus maximus damage) and Jordan (ankle). They usually nonetheless beat the Kings by 21 factors.
Eight gamers scored in double figures, together with all 5 starters. Lou Williams scored 26 factors, his twelfth consecutive recreation with 20 or extra. Montrezl Harrell scored 17 factors in a reserve position and Willie Reed, filling in for Jordan, added 14 factors and a season-excessive thirteen rebounds.
Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings (thirteen-29) with 23 factors and thirteen rebounds.
Sacramento scored the sport’s first 4 factors after which the Clippers roared previous, main…