Five takeaways from the Clippers' loss at Sacramento

Five takeaways from the Clippers' loss at Sacramento
Clippers center Cole Aldrich and Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) try to track down a loose ball during their game Saturday night. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

The Clippers' 10-game winning streak came to an end Saturday night with a 110-103 loss to the Kings in Sacramento.

Here are five takeaways from the game:


1) Playing only 9 minutes and 1 second in the first half because he picked up three fouls didn't make Chris Paul happy.

"I only played 9 minutes?" Paul asked incredulously after he was told how much he played in the first half of the loss.

He played a total of 27:12 in the game.

Paul said he was out of rhythm because of he didn't get to play much.

He missed seven of his 11 shots in scoring 15 points. Paul looked out of sorts the entire game, trying to deal with foul trouble.

He picked up his fourth foul late in the third quarter, and finished with five fouls.

Not having him on the court for longer minutes hurt the Clippers.

2) Cole Aldrich has been holding down things while DeAndre Jordan has been out with pneumonia.

Aldrich started his second game in place of Jordan against the Kings, producing a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Aldrich also was a force on defense, blocking three shots.

He also had two assists and two steals.

3) The Clippers have prided themselves on how much they have improved on defense recently.

Well, they were not so good on defense against the Kings.

Not only did they give up 100 points, but they were outscored in three of the four quarters.


It started with them giving up 30 points in the first quarter, 34 in the second and 28 in the fourth. They limited the Kings to just 18 third-quarter points, but scored just 19 themselves.

The Clippers lamented how they gave up everything -- inside and outside.

They allowed the Kings to shoot 47.4% from the field, 52% (13-for-25) from three-point range.

4) The Clippers scored 103 points, but they were not efficient.

They made just 39.6% of their shots, 33.3% from three-point range.

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said they got the looks they wanted, but just missed shots.

The worst of the group was reserve Austin Rivers, who missed six of his seven shots, and Luc Mbah a Moute, who missed five of six.

5) The Clippers did take good care of the basketball against the Kings.

The Clippers turned the ball over just 11 times.

Paul had the most with four giveaways.

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