Their passion has been questioned. Their trainer has been busy. Their esteemed coach has sported widely discussed facial hair.
Here are five takeaways from the Clippers’ 106-102 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday at Staples Center that improved the Clippers to 4-2 heading into a game against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs on Monday at Staples Center:
The Clippers finally left behind their alter ego in the young season. There was no more Slob City.
Steve Ballmer did something for Gillian Zucker that she thought was impossible: create more hours in her day.
The Clippers must play harder. Blake Griffin should take fewer jump shots. Someone, anyone, needs to step up at small forward.