In Saturday’s one-sided win over Sacramento at Staples Center, the
1. The absence of their best player may actually have made the Clippers a better team. Temporarily. No one, least of all Coach
2. Rivers still isn’t done looking for additional help, especially in the backcourt. “We still may sign another player,” Rivers said after getting 51 points off the bench from guards Jamal Crawford (23 points) and
3. Energy is a vital if hard-to-describe part of the Clippers' game plan. Trailing by 10 points in the first quarter, Rivers went to his second unit and they hustled the team to a 19-point halftime advantage. One of the keys to that turnaround was the animated play of Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who had just two shots in 19 minutes. "Big Baby, he was huge," Austin Rivers said. "Even his antics, we love that stuff. Once he gets going, there's nothing you can do. He just brings energy, and it's contagious."
4. The Clippers are getting red hot at the right time, with six of their next seven games coming against teams that entered Sunday at least 14 games over .500. That’s among the reasons Rivers emptied his bench Saturday, getting points from 12 players, none of whom were on the floor for as many as 29 minutes. “Anytime everybody can get rest, especially with Blake being out, that’s big for our team. Everybody played some legit minutes. Just everybody got their rhythm,” center