1. The Clippers left their dogged demeanor back in Los Angeles. Bad offensive possessions spilled over onto the defensive end and everything seemed out of whack for a team that had hummed along for the series’ first four games. “We didn’t move the ball as well as we usually do,” Clippers point guard
2. The Rockets showed their usual resolve after back-to-back losses. They have still not lost three consecutive games this season, going 8-0 after consecutive defeats. Houston Coach
3. The Paul second-round narrative just won’t die. The eight-time All-Star who has not made it past the conference semifinals in his 10
4. The Clippers became even more banged up. Forward Matt Barnes is suffering from hip and ankle injuries and backup guard Austin Rivers sustained a hip pointer after falling in a heap at the end of the third quarter. New injuries were not what the Clippers needed with Paul already nursing a strained left hamstring.