1. The Cole & Pablo Show took center stage.
2. Doc Rivers the coach benefited from Doc Rivers the general manager. The Clippers hardly looked like a team missing its top two front-court players over the final 2 1/2 quarters. And it wasn’t just Aldrich and
3. The Clippers didn't get frustrated after missing a bevy of open shots in the first half. The quickie film coaches usually show players in the locker room didn't include the usual defensive footage for a reason. "We did a collage of wide-open shots that didn't go in," Rivers said, "and we asked the guys, 'What's the big deal? You're missing open shots. Just keep playing, the odds are on your side,' and fortunately that changed and we won the game." The Clippers made 46.5% of their shots in the second half, including seven of 11 three-pointers (63.6%), but an even bigger change was improved defensive effort that led to 10 of the team's 18 steals.
4. The absences of Griffin and Jordan could actually help the Clippers over the long term. Aldrich and Smith are logging minutes they otherwise wouldn't, which is giving them experience that could help the team later in the season. "These guys missing games is giving other guys an opportunity to build their confidence," Paul said, "and that way when they come back it just adds that much more depth to our team." It also gives Rivers belief that he can rely on someone like Smith in a crucial situation after Smith showed a bit more restraint with his jump shots. "it's great to know that you have that and that can help you," Rivers said.
5. How much longer can the Clippers go streaking? They will be favored to beat Sacramento at home on Saturday regardless of whether Jordan returns, but their game against Houston on Monday figures to be a bit trickier. The