Clippers, Vinny Del Negro have technical issue

Fifty technical fouls had been called against the Clippers this year, but few have reflected as much frustration as the three they picked up in Thursday’s loss to San Antonio.
Not that they were going to matter in a 26-point defeat, but Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro would rather his team channel their energies in a more positive direction. DeAndre Jordan and Ryan Hollins picked up the T’s, but the third was a defensive violation.
“It wasn’t good the other night just because we were frustrated and we let our effort dictate the game,” Del Negro said. “We had no effort and we were trying to grab onto anything. They were the aggressors the other night and we’ve got to do a better job to control those emotions.
“We can’t give up a point or two and we have to do a better job in this last stretch of the season before we get into the playoffs,” Del Negro said. “Because a point here or there can make the difference.”
Yes, it’s an issue being addressed.
“We talk about it,” Del Negro said. “Handling the referees, just kind of growing up a little bit, and maturing in those areas is very important. You can’t beat yourself, you just can’t, and that is beating yourself when you can’t control your emotions and deal with the ups and downs of the game.
“You can’t always play well, but you can play hard and you can execute and hopefully if you do that, eventually you get in a good rhythm and you don’t have to worry about the referees.”
The Clippers’ Blake Griffin broke the ice Saturday with a T in the second period. The Jazz free throw tied the game with 3:35 left.