At the beginning of a season the Clippers sensed was filled with promise, they set the lofty goal of not losing consecutive games.
They were unable to fulfill that pledge.
After back-to-back defeats to the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers, the Clippers will look to end the losing streak Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
“As a team we talked about not losing two games in a row and we’ve done that,” Chris Paul said before the Clippers’ shoot-around at Basketball City in New York. “We better not lose three. I think we’ve got to come out here and make sure it doesn’t happen.”
During the early morning practice, Blake Griffin was seen getting up shots before reporters departed.
According to Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, Griffin was OK after the power forward admitted that he had been hit in the right calf in the game against Detroit and that it had bothered him against Indiana.
“Nothing real bad,” Rivers said. “He’s fine, yeah.”
As the Clippers continue their trek through a six-game trip, with stops in Cleveland on Thursday and the road finale in New Orleans on Friday, Rivers said he has considered resting players.
He just wouldn’t say which players — although the most likely candidates are Paul, Griffin, DeAndre Jordan or J.J. Redick — and which game it would be.
“You’ll see it when you see it,” Rivers said. “Trust me, we don’t just sit in the office and just say, ‘Hey!’ We actually think about stuff. So, yeah, we’ve actually thought about that. We have a plan.”
When the Clippers beat the Nets by 32 points earlier this month, Brooklyn center Brook Lopez didn’t play because he was resting.
But Lopez, who leads the Nets in scoring (19.9), will play this time.
“They have an All-Star in Brook,” Jordan said. “He’s a load down there. He’s really talented, on both ends of the floor. Anywhere offensively, he’s a problem.”