There weren’t many smiles in the Clippers’ locker room after a 105-98 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Hornets. Coach Vinny Del Negro didn’t like the Clippers’ energy or execution. Blake Griffin blamed himself for scoring a career-low four points and Chris Paul wasn’t pleased by the team’s effort.
Del Negro: “Give New Orleans credit. They outworked us in every aspect. We got nothing from our big guys, nothing really from our bench and nothing really from anybody. (The Hornets) set the tone. … We didn’t play hard enough to win.”
Griffin: “I’m totally comfortable within our offense. I just missed shots tonight. It’s on me. It’s not part of the offense. It’s not anybody’s fault, but mine.”
Paul: “We have to take more pride in our play, whether we’re at home or on the road. Guys can’t look into our eyes and feel like they can get by. We’re got to play with a better sense of urgency and understand that when teams that are supposedly not that great come into our city, we’ve got a target on our back.”