"They said the first quarter can be a little lonely," the
It's often felt this season as if they have done neither.
Blake Griffin became the second Clippers star to question the decibel level inside
"Home-court advantage is just not there for us," Griffin said. "If that's how it feels in the playoffs, it's not looking good."
Large pockets of Golden State fans loudly cheered
There have been times this season when it's hard to tell who is the home team inside Staples Center. The Clippers' in-house
Center DeAndre Jordan called the Clippers' loss to Miami in January at Staples Center a "road" game because of repeated "Let's go, Heat!" chants. There were similar chants supporting the visiting team when the Chicago Bulls beat the Clippers in December.
"I don't know what we could do, but it would be great if it wasn't that way," Griffin said Tuesday. "It's kind of like when we play the Lakers — I don't know, maybe worse. It's one of those things where it would be great if it wasn't like that."
The Clippers can't complain about a lack of fan presence; the team has sold out 181 consecutive home games, the sixth-longest active streak in the NBA.
Chris Paul didn't mind poking a little fun at himself on April Fool's Day.
The Clippers point guard retweeted a digitally altered photo of himself playing Twister alongside three children after Curry contorted Paul's body with a double behind-the-back dribble in the second quarter Tuesday. Paul added the hashtag "GottaLaughAtYourself."
Other Paul memes circulating on the Internet included one of his head superimposed on that of a young Forrest Gump with bulky leg braces and one proclaiming "The new CP3's" with a photo of Paul's iconic shoes atop skates and the tagline "Designed by Stephen Curry."
Just for kicks
Rivers, on sixth man Jamal Crawford traveling with the Clippers again despite being out with a right calf injury: "I just think he wanted us to see his new hairdo. He's trying to grow an Afro and I think he doesn't realize how old he is and it's not going to happen, but I don't want to break that news to him."