The Clippers’ 120-93 victory over the
1. The Clippers' bench continues to come up big. A reserve lineup of smallish stature has included three and occasionally four guards in recent games. Whatever you call it, it's working.
Jamal Crawford was the latest second-stringer to be worthy of top billing, scoring 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as the Clippers turned a close game into a rout.
"We need him as much as anyone because he's probably the only guy whose minutes may be going up a little bit" with Griffin out, Doc Rivers said. "I don't know that, it's just visually I'm saying that, but we need him. We need his energy right now."
He also struggled defensively, with the Clippers putting Wesley Johnson into the game only 5 1/2 minutes into the first quarter to help out against the Bulls' large front line. Rivers said the time of day may have had something to do with Pierce's struggles.
"We just shouldn't play him in afternoon games," Rivers said. "I mean, honestly, we're going to go look at his plus-minus in afternoon games. I don't know what it is."
Pierce has played better with more rest, averaging 8.3 points on three or more days of rest as opposed to 5.7 points or worse on less rest. His sweet spot seems to be playing between 20 and 29 minutes per game, in which he's averaged 9.9 points per game. His production has dropped off greatly while he's playing 30 minutes or more, averaging only 4.5 points per game.
"You just try to figure that out," Rivers said of getting the most out of Pierce. "Paul is a work in progress because I've never had to do this with Paul, so I don't know if we're doing it the right way or not, to be honest."
4. It’s looking more and more as if the Clippers might be able to hold onto home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They are 3 1/2 games behind the third-place
5. Griffin’s punishment could be decided this week. The Clippers have completed their investigation into the altercation on Jan. 23 in Toronto in which Griffin repeatedly punched an assistant equipment manager, which could accelerate the