Fatigue has set in for the Clippers

Clippers, who've lost three of four, seem not to have recovered from busy month, but rest is in sight

Before the Clippers played the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, some of the players acknowledged their exhaustion.

"A few of us said at 12:30, right before tipoff, we were like, 'Man, it feels like we played last night,'" J.J. Redick said. 

The Clippers had Friday off, but they clearly haven't recovered from what has been a nonstop month.

Before returning home to play the Golden State Warriors on Christmas, the Clippers had an arduous stretch of four games in five days over four time zones. They haven't had two consecutive days without games since Dec. 4 and 5.

The Clippers went on to lose to the Raptors on Saturday, 110-98. The Raptors went on a 13-2 run at the top of the fourth quarter and led by as many as 17 points in the period.

"Felt like we ran out of gas before the game started," Chris Paul said. "We were just trying to stay the course."

The Clippers, who have lost three of their last four games, are currently on a stretch of nine home games in a row. After playing the Utah Jazz on Monday and the New York Knicks on Wednesday, they will finally have two days in a row without games.

"The first time in a month, that'll be nice," Redick said. 

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