Dante Cunningham of the Pelicans goes up for a shot as DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers defends. Cunningham scored 19 points/AP photo by Max Becherer
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after his team lost Saturday by 11 points (113-102) at Memphis that his team was “out-competed tonight” and that practice the day before and the morning shootaround were of the “waste-of-time” variety.
After the Clippers lost again Sunday, 109-105 at New Orleans, guard J.J. Redick intimated the team’s overall mood is down a bit.
“I just think our spirit isn’t great right now,” said Redick, who had a fine game, scoring 24 points on 9 of 11 shooting – 4 of 5 from 3-point range. “We just have to get it more together and fight more. You can talk about Xs and Os all you want, but as a player you feel that your spirit isn’t right. But I’m not worried about that. You have two games like this every season. It could come back in a day. It could come back in two days, two weeks … I don’t know.
“We fought the whole year and I don’t think it’s a deal with fatigue – our spirit just isn’t right.”
Although Redick shot well, the Clippers as a team shot just 40.2 percent – 25.6 percent (10 of 39) from distance. Wesley Johnson was 0 of 8 from the field, 0 of 6 from beyond the arc. Austin Rivers was 0 of 5 from deep, Paul Pierce 0 of 4 and Jamal Crawford 1 of 5.
The Pelicans (26-43) were without their top player, forward Anthony Davis. The Clippers (43-26) were again without forward Blake Griffin.