1. The Clippers lost after twice being in position to win. They gave up too many rebounds, missed too many free throws and didn’t play enough defense.
3. Injuries became an issue for the Clippers again. An already thin guard corps was down to its nub after Redick and Stephenson hurt their ankles, though both were eventually cleared to return. Doc Rivers was also reluctant to use backup guard Pablo Prigioni in the second half, leading to Paul's heavy usage. "I should have taken him out," Rivers said. "That's too many minutes. He had it going so well he wanted to stay in, so I just left him in the game." Rivers acknowledged needing to find some other way of playing than asking Paul to continually remain on the floor, meaning the Clippers could try to add another backup point guard after the All-Star break.
4. Doc Rivers was broken up by something besides the loss afterward. His close friend
5. The All-Star break should refresh everyone besides Paul. Paul was one of the first Clippers out of the locker room after the game, but he wasn’t headed home for a respite. The point guard and several other team staffers were en route to a private plane that would take them to Toronto for the All-Star game on Sunday. “What break?” Paul said when asked if the break was coming at a good time for him. “You know what I mean? Go straight to All-Star and there’s two [regular-season] games Thursday after All-Star and guess what, we’re one of them. It is what it is.” Paul will be joined at All-Star weekend by Redick, who is competing in the three-point shooting contest, but not teammate Blake Griffin, who was not selected as an All-Star for the first time in his six