The Clippers lost their season opener to the Lakers by 13 points.
In the next two games against the Lakers, the Clippers won by 36 points and 48 points.
The 48-point margin of victory was the largest in Clippers’ franchise history and the largest loss in Lakers’ history.
“Obviously that was a huge wakeup call for us, that first game,” Paul said. “It’s funny because Doc [Rivers] says it to us just about every game. You’re just not going to walk in there and win just because you’ve got Clippers going across your shirt. And it’s the truth.”
Griffin takes it easy
Before the Clippers practiced Saturday, Blake Griffin was on the court getting in some extra work shooting.
But Rivers said they were not going to use Griffin at practice.
That’s because Griffin is dealing with a right ankle and back injury.
“The ankle is good,” Griffin said. “The back, I have to just keep monitoring it. As long as it doesn’t get worse, I’m good.”
Jamal Crawford (sore left Achilles’ tendon) and Danny Granger (strained left hamstring) will not play against the Lakers.