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Clippers punished in 98-96 loss to Pelicans
Clippers punished in 98-96 loss to Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — The Clippers have slipped in recent games, leaving Coach Doc Rivers to declare that the “basketball gods punish you for messing around.” Rivers also said that a poor mind-set from the outset will prove costly, and the Clippers didn’t bring the right intensity in dropping a 98-96 game to the injury-riddled New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center. The Clippers are 2-2 in their last four games, all against sub.-500 teams. BOX SCORE: Pelicans 98, Clippers 96 This loss came against a Pelicans team that had only nine healthy players and has the fourth-worst record in the Western Conference, but still won after Jamal Crawford...