IMPORTANT MESSAGE: CONSTRUCTION AT LA SENTINEL OFFICE: Due to unforeseen construction work, our office is temporarily closed. We are operating business off site and still accepting ads and classified ads. View Company Directory.
It's been a painful season for the Clippers. Despite their star-studded roster, they have been unable to win games at home or on the road, where they have not won a game since manhandling Atlanta on Feb 7.
With that in mind, the focus around the team is just ending strong for next season with only eleven games left for the season.
Coach (and General Manager) Mike Dunleavy has got to go back to the drawing board and find a way to improve on what he has. When looking at the roster, you see big names, big contracts but winless numbers.
Well, half of the season the Clippers' roster was a bit discombobulated. 10 out of 12players on the team have been on the disabled list for at least two games or more throughout the season. The team has not had enough time to find chemistry and bond with one another due to injuries.
Adding to the pressure has been the outspokenness of Clippers owner Donald Sterling who has recently been sitting courtside while his team struggles. On March 2, the Clippers hosted San Antonio at home and lost 118-95 with Sterling in attendance.
Most know what happened next. Sterling stormed into the locker room furious with the team's lack of effort. The locker room door was shut for about 30 minutes as reports indicated that Sterling went in pointing fingers at players and calling them selfish. He allegedly also stressed to the players that it's not Dunleavy's fault that the team is losing.
Since that meeting the team has only won two games. It's hard to say whether the meeting was to motivate or discourage the players but either way the team still has not found a way to consistently win games at home or on the road.
With the season coming to an end, the Clippers should focus on regaining their hope for next season. It's hard enough when the Lakers gets most of the attention in L.A., but if the Clippers manage to clinch a playoff berth like they did back in 2006, Clipper nation will forget all about their 2008-09 dreadful season.
"It's been tough this season but hopefully next season will be better," said Thornton.
The Clippers left Los Angeles on March 19, to start a six game road trip. With all the starters healthy and making the trip, there was hope that maybe when the Clippers face Detroit; they would be able to RIP their road-losing streak. Despite a depleted roster, Detroit won easily 108-90 despite their depleted roster.
"At one point, when we had a 10-point lead, we should have had a 20-point lead," Dunleavy said after the Clippers' loss. "Our bigs didn't control the paint like they should have and gave up too many easy buckets around the basket."
After playing Toronto, the Clippers found themselves in a slump on the road again. Chris Bosh and company beat the Clippers smoothly with a 100-76 win.
"We couldn't get out of the hole tonight" said Randolph. "They hit big shots and we just couldn't bounce back."
It's a feeling that they hope to end this weekend, still trying to acquire a win on the road in nearly two months.