Maurice Harkless

Raymond Felton is lifting the Clippers with relentless defense

Raymond Felton is lifting the Clippers with relentless defense

Raymond Felton danced around an Ed Davis screen, attached himself to C.J. McCollum’s hip and then reached up to block McCollum’s mid-range jump shot with the Clippers’ clinging to a slim fourth-quarter lead against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. 

The Clippers eventually squeaked past the Trail Blazers, 121-120, and Felton’s unrelenting on-ball defense was a big reason why. To Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, it was the reason why. Felton, who missed the Clippers’ previous two games following the death of his grandmother, spent Monday shadowing the Trail Blazers’ electric young backcourt of McCollum and Damian Lillard. 

He could have been rusty. He could have...

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