Clippers aim to shed "Jekyll-and-Hyde" image

Thu Nov 8, 2012 3:09pm EST
 

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Excited after their command performance against the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers accept they have to become much more consistent after a Jekyll-and-Hyde start to the season.

While Wednesday's 106-84 win against the previously unbeaten Spurs was their third over a likely playoff team in five games, they stunningly lost to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers who are not expected to reach the postseason.

Asked by reporters why the Clippers have so far raised their collective game only against quality opponents, five-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul replied: "That's a good question. We're trying to figure that out.

"We can't be a team that plays to the level of our competition, because it's a long season. Tonight we were so successful because of our defense," Paul said after the victory over San Antonio.

"When you defend and stop teams, that is what basketball is all about. We know that we can score, but it is actually fun to stop teams and see them get frustrated. We needed a win like this."

Led by double-doubles from Blake Griffin (22 points, 10 rebounds) and DeAndre Jordan (20 points, 11 rebounds), the Clippers out-rebounded the Spurs 46-29 and out-shot them from the field by 55.4 percent to 41.1.

Not only did the lopsided win improve their record to 3-2 but it gave them a measure of revenge after they were swept by the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs last season.

"That was a tough pill to swallow," said Clippers center Jordan. "And we lost two games in a row so we were really looking forward to tonight. We just had to go after everything.   Continued...