Paul Pierce/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
- Yes, the Clippers have won seven of nine with this victory. But the two losses came against Indiana and Chicago, two of the better teams in the East. Of the seven victories, only one came against a team currently over .500 and that was Orlando. But at least the Clippers are winning the games they’re supposed to win.
- The Clippers continue to have difficulty finding a killer instinct. They were up by 18 points with 10:07 to play against a team that entered 7-15, only to see the Nets get within two points (93-91) with 3:50 to go. Afterward, Chris Paul admitted his team is still having a tough time closing out games.
- There was some other good news. Paul Pierce, who has been struggling to mightily with his shooting, scored 10 points and made 4 of 6 from the field – 2 of 3 from 3-point range. Even with that, he’s still shooting just 31.3 percent overall, 25.8 percent from 3-point range.His career percentages are 44.7 and 37.0, respectively.
- The Clippers received some good work from their bench. Aside from what Pierce did, Jamal Crawford had nine points, three assists and two steals; Josh Smith had six points, five rebounds and two steals; and Austin Rivers had six points, three rebounds and two steals.
- The Clippers average seven steals per game but had 12 in this one. They would seem to suggest they were active on defense. Brooklyn shot 44.3 percent, which isn’t bad. But the Nets shot just 26.3 (5 of 19) percent from beyond the arc and committed 16 turnovers.