PLAYA VISTA, Calif. The Clippers are looking for something theyve lost, but finding it wont be easy.
The energy and intensity they showed on defense early in the season isnt as apparent anymore, and regaining it will be important down the stretch. Their first chance will come Sunday afternoon against the New York Knicks at Staples Center.
I think its intensity, Blake Griffin said Friday after practice. Its getting back to playing the aggressive style that we were playing with before. Thats what got it for us. Ive said it before, we made mistakes early in the season, but we were playing so aggressive that we could make up for them. Thats what we have to get back to.
They didnt have it Wednesday night in an 11-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, and lately theyve shown an inability to beat some of the NBAs top teams, even the teams they defeated early in the season.
For instance, they beat Miami in November but lost to the Heat last month. They beat San Antonio twice in November...