The Clippers reached a breaking point on New Year’s Eve, when a 26-point loss in Oklahoma City, yet another game they played without injured stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, extended their losing streak to six games. Coach Doc Rivers could sense it.
“I thought after the Oklahoma City game, it kind of hit the fan,” Rivers said. “They were like, ‘Enough. We know we have injuries. Stop making excuses and let’s win.’ We had to fight [through adversity]. We had to face it head on.
“I don’t know what the old saying is, but it’s something like, ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going, and you’ll get through it.’ That’s what our guys did. They kept going.”