The Los Angeles Clippers played poorly Sunday — much like they did the fourth quarter Thursday against the Warriors, but instead this time for a full game — and lost to the Toronto Raptors at home, 91-80. J.J. Redick put up an early dozen to make it interesting, but after that the Clippers just fell apart. Los Angeles is now 6-7 on the season and has lost seven of its last nine.
This latest loss led to a locker room blowup Sunday.
The interview room that the Clippers use at Staples Center is next to the Clipper locker room. After the loss Sunday, multiple media members could hear yelling coming out of the closed Clipper’s locker room. Here are some of the comments from the Clippers on Twitter, trying to play it all down.
The Clippers do have a lot of issues, but they start on the defensive end — the Clippers are 22nd in the league in defensive rating, giving up 104.3 points per 100 possessions. For comparison, the Clippers were a middle of the pack defensive team, and they gave up 2.3 points fewer per 100 possessions. Paul Pierce looks slow, Lance Stephenson looks like a swing and a miss by Rivers the GM, and while the overall Clipper offense is still potent it is 5.4 points worse per 100 possessions than it was a year ago.
The Clippers are not in New Orleans-level trouble this season, but it’s not pretty. The Clippers look nothing like the contender everyone expected them to be this season.