In his last five games,
And because they have played such a heavy amount of minutes over a stretch of five games in seven days, Clippers Coach
Jordan played a game-high 38 minutes, 30 seconds against the
"I was disappointed that I had to put in CP and Blake too early [in the fourth quarter]," Rivers said. "To put them in at the 9:30 mark was too much. And I was worried that if it was a close game down the stretch, that's where fatigue would happen."
Rivers has talked about resting his starters, but Paul, who is averaging 34:50 per game, was opposed to that idea.
"I wasn't sitting," Paul said.
Jordan averages 34:03 per game and Griffin a team-high 35:05.
"I'm just tired," Griffin said. "You've just got to take care of your body and find the energy. I kind of keep saying it, but every team goes through bad stretches, stretches where they're traveling a lot and going all over the place."
Griffin hurt his back when he was shoved mid-air while trying to get a rebound in the fourth quarter.
"At the time, I didn't think it was much," he said. "But now I feel it a little bit. But I should be fine."
The Clippers are still interested in trying to acquire free-agent forward
Smith was waived by the
He can clear waivers Wednesday at 2 p.m. PST, allowing him to choose the team of his liking.
Rivers was asked Tuesday whether the Clippers have made any inroads on Smith.
"No," Rivers said. "But neither has anyone else."