Markieff Morris

Short-handed Clippers forced to make tough lineup decisions in loss at Washington

Short-handed Clippers forced to make tough lineup decisions in loss at Washington

This is a group of Clippers that lives for the grind even when far from whole.

Already short-handed, the Clippers were without their starting backcourt Friday night at Washington, which stacked the odds of winning against them. And yet the Clippers continued to scrap and battle until the end of a 100-91 loss to the Wizards at Capital One Arena.

“That’s who we are. We’re the grind team right now,” coach Doc Rivers said after his team had its three-game winning streak snapped. “They don’t give in even in the games we’ve lost.”

The Clippers, already missing Blake Griffin, Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari, didn’t have point guard Milos Teodosic, who is on a minutes...

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