To add injury to insult, the Clippers will likely be without power forward Tim Thomas for at least a week after Thomas rolled his left ankle late in the first quarter.
Asked after the game if it was serious, Dunleavy said, “Not really, but still probably a week plus.”
Thomas had been averaging 14.6 points a game in his first five games, second only to second-year forward Al Thornton’s 16.8 points a game.
With Marcus Camby still working his way back and on controlled minutes, and Paul Davis on the inactive list for the game, that left Brian Skinner to fill the power forward role for almost 21 minutes. Skinner had played only 27 minutes in the previous five games.