1. If the opponent is elite, the Clippers seem beat. The Clippers are now a combined 0-8 against the top three teams in the Western and Eastern Conferences after getting swept in the season series by the Toronto Raptors. They have also lost twice to the
2. The Clippers’ bench needed to be benched against the Raptors. The reserves committed nine of the team’s 13 turnovers and were outscored, 51-29, by their Toronto counterparts. “There’s going to be nights like this,” Clippers shooting guard
3. Paul continued his recent stellar play. He had 23 points and 11 assists, continuing a surge of production in which he's averaged 21.3 points and 11.5 assists while shooting 48.1% over his last 10 games. Paul is widely expected to be selected by coaches as a reserve for the All-Star game when the rest of the rosters are announced later this week.
4. There was a
5. Blake Griffin has returned to Los Angeles and will not play during the rest of the Clippers’ trip. The all-star power forward has not suffered a setback in his recovery from a quadriceps injury, a team spokesman said, but he is still working back into game shape and wants to make sure he is ready before making his return. The Clippers finish their five-game trip with contests against Indiana on Tuesday and Atlanta on Wednesday, having won 11 of their 14 games since Griffin was sidelined the day after Christmas by a partially torn left quadriceps tendon. “I mean, we’re winning games, it’s all good and well,” Paul said after a victory over the