The Los Angeles Clippers suddenly stink, but Doc Rivers isn’t too concerned about it — yet.
“This is about the fourth game to me that we’ve had a chance to win it at the end and we just have not gotten it done,” the Clippers coach told reporters after Friday’s 118-113 overtime loss at Cleveland.
“It tells you that you are closer than you think you are, no matter what your record is. When you have three of your top six guys out and you’re still in all these games, playing the Cavs and all these guys, it tells you that your team is in there. But you still want to pull one out, and we will.”
The Clippers were without injured starters Danilo Gallinari and Patrick Beverly, as well as point guard Milos Teodosic.
Blake Griffin (23 points) and DeAndre Jordan (20 points, 22 rebounds) did all they could — but in the end, the Clippers (5-9) dropped their seventh straight. This after a 4-0 start.
“What are we going to do, start feeling bad for ourselves?” guard Austin Rivers asked reporters. “Ain’t nobody else going to feel bad for us. If we go 4-0 on the rest of this road trip, we’re right back at .500… We don’t have a chance to really pout. We just have to keep playing.”